Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies
The second book of the year was, of course, about a loved one dying of cancer. My dad was pretty tight-lipped about the specifics of his illness and treatment so in his absence, I have found myself absolutely fascinated by cancer stories; both those written by loved ones as well as those written by the patients themselves. This book falls into the first camp and is a beautiful story of love and loss.
To be totally honest, this book probably would have been better as two books - a memoir from Michael Ausiello about his life and relationship with Kit and a second book about the cancer. The book jumps around in time from chapter to chapter to give you background details and build a foundation but for me it felt somewhat choppy. I loved both stories, I just don't know that I loved them together as a narrative. Having said that, Ausiello's writing is witty and casual which makes for a really fun read. There were multiple parts of the book that had me laughing out loud and the more vulnerable touches brought me to tears. I think that Ausiello has a really beautiful way of hooking you with humor than basically punching you in the gut with the emotionally painful scenes.
I think I would recommend the book but that reading it once was plenty for me. If Ausiello comes out with another book, I'd definitely buy it.