For This Life Only by Stacey Kade

for-this-life-onlyFor This Life Only by Stacey Kade
Publication Date: August 30th 2016 by Simon & Schuster BFYR
Source: ARC from Publisher via Netgalley
Rating: ★★★★★
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A young man struggles to move forward after the death of his twin brother in this gripping, coming-of-age tale about loss, redemption, love, and the moment you begin to see the world differently.

Three minutes.

Jacob Palmer died for three life-changing minutes.

And when he woke up, nothing was the same. Elijah, his twin brother, is dead, and his family is broken. Jace’s planned future is crushed, along with his pitching arm. Everyone keeps telling him that Eli’s in a better place, but Jace isn’t so sure. Because in those three minutes, there was nothing.

Overwhelmed by guilt and doubt, Jace struggles to adjust to this new version of the world, one without his brother, one without the certainties he once relied on. And then Thera comes into his life.

She’s the last girl he should be turning to for help.

But she’s also the first person to truly see him.

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange of a review. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.

I really enjoyed this book. I was having quite the long day inside the lab, when I decided to pick this book up so I was able to read it in one sitting, while doing some lab works. And it was more than enough to keep the boredom away.

This book’s portrayal of grief is so amazing, I could feel every emotion. Jace and Eli are twins, who got into an accident, which got Eli dead. Jace’s life changed from that point, and he started to question everything in his life, especially things about his brother.

“Do you think there’s a difference between doing the right thing that definitely hurts one person and doing the right thing that might hurt a lot of people?”

I really like the voice of Jace in the story. It’s raw and full of emotions, which makes it very realistic for someone who just lost his other half. I love his relationship with Eli and their little sister, Sarah. He also has a great character development and I really enjoyed seeing his character grow. He used to be with the jocks, being sporty and all but that changed after the accident, which led him to meet Thera.

I also like Thera’s character. She’s very interesting and I enjoyed her story as well. It’s quite nice to read a story that doesn’t focus much on the romance, although I have to admit that the chemistry between Thera and Jace is really good.

“There’s no right way to miss someone. It’s a hole on the inside. You can’t fix that. You just live through it until one day the edges of the hole aren’t so sharp.”

Friendships in this book was portrayed really good too. Even with Jace falling out with some of his friends, it’s quite reassuring that he was able to reconcile with them. There was also a heavy religious theme surrounding this book, which was depicted pretty well and it added depth to the story and to Jace’s character, and his family relationship.

This was my first Stacey Kade book and I’m really impressed with her writing style. Overall, this book is one of the best books I’ve read this year and I can’t wait to read more from her.



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A 22 year old bibliophile from the outskirts of Manila, who loves reading books for passion.

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