Review : Dying To Live by Vincent J. Monteleone

“Dying to Live introduces Brendon Merullo, a boy with the usual childhood fantasies of winning the World Series for the Yankees, the Nba Championship for the Knicks, and the Super Bowl for the Jets. Unfortunately for the cause of New York sports, he puts away his dreams and then works-hard–and makes a success of his life, at least, according to the world’s standards. The author, Vincent J. Monteleone, shares the outcome of dreams and work colliding: The eight-year-old version of me would actually be disgusted with the man I grew up to be. I rarely do anything that I want to do during the day because I am too busy working. Then when I get home I am too tired to do anything fun or that I want to do. Usually I just end up sitting on the couch in front of the television like a zombie until I cannot keep my eyes open any longer and it is time to go up to bed to rest up for another day of the daily grind. But then, one day Brendon goes to the doctor and hears news he never expected to hear. From that moment on, he begins to discover the deep truths about life and death.

Dying to Live will inspire you to look at your own life in a fresh way and draw you in to turn its pages to find out what happens to Brendon Merullo.”

I feel like this book was exactly what I needed at this moment of my life. The whole book made me think and rethink everything. Each chapters brings some perspectives on life, on family, on death. I found this book to be extremely hopeful and full of strenght. It was such a great little read full of inspiration. overall, the storyline is not the most important part. I did felt like it wasn’t full developed. I also wanted more dialogues between the characters, i felt like i would care much more about them if we had some interactions. The main character was interesting, but i wish he had more of a personal voice. It would’ve been great to see his personnality shine a bit more throught his words. I absolutely love the writing style and would love to see more of his writing. 

Dying to Live was a great read. i feel like it’s going to stick with me for a while. ❤

Dying To Live : 4/5


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