Saturday, March 11, 2017

ARC Review: Love, Ish by Karen Rivers

30753996Love, Ish by Karen Rivers

Things Mischa “Ish” Love will miss when she goes to Mars: lying on the living room floor watching TV, ice cream, her parrot Buzz Aldrin. Things Ish Love will not miss when she goes to Mars: mosquitoes, heat waves, missing her former best friend Tig.

Ish is convinced that she’ll be one of the first settlers on Mars. She’s applied to—and been rejected from—the Mars Now project forty-seven times, but the mission won’t leave for ten years and Ish hasn’t given up hope. She also hasn’t given up hope that Tig will be her best friend again (not that she’d ever admit that to anyone, least of all herself). When Ish collapses on the first day of seventh grade, she gets a diagnosis that threatens all her future plans. As Ish fights cancer, she dreams in vivid detail about the Martian adventures she’s always known she’d have—and makes unexpected discoveries about love, fate, and her place in the vast universe.

Pages: 277
Format: Paperback
Published By: Algonquin Young Readers
Genre: MG
FTC Disclaimer: I received this book free to read and review, thanks to Algonquin Young Readers.

Cover Review:
I really like this cover, because I felt like it represented a lot of what this book was about. I'm not a huge fan of the font choice, mostly because I don't really like when everything is capitalized, but that's just a personal peeve of mine.


When I read the synopsis of this story, I was really intrigued. I read a lot of books where the main character gets struck with cancer, but I think this is the first book that I have discovered where the character was only 12.

I really wanted to like this book. At first, I thought Ish would be really relatable to me, because of her interest in the environment and taking care of the planet. But, she just really quickly started to annoy me. She was just very negative (even before she knew she had cancer). She was always insulting everyone in the story. It just became very tedious.

So I love when characters are unique, but I get annoyed really quickly with characters that have absolutely zero qualities that are similar to anyone, and that is how Ish was written. For a good portion of the story, she resembles a robot (and calls herself a machine) more than a human. She doesn't seem to care when she hurts people, and it just doesn't make her likable.

I also felt like the author tried really hard to make her family super weird, and at times, it was really annoying. Her mom was almost as annoying as she was at some points in the story. Overall, she wasn't as bad, but still. Honestly, outside of maybe Iris, I didn't really like any of the characters.

I was just overall really disappointed with this story. I was really expecting a heart-wrenching tale of a young girl and her struggles with cancer, and it just left me down. I felt that it was really slow, and very boring. And I'm not sure how I feel about the ending.

This book just wasn't for me, and if you are considering reading it, I would check out some other reviews that are more positive.

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