Author: Dan Mooney
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary
Publisher: HARLEQUIN- Trade Publishing
Pub Date: June 25, 2019
Taken from Goodreads:
“If you’re going to end it, you better make it big. No slipping off bridges, it’s undignified for men of our vintage. Go big or don’t bother.”
Joel lives in a nursing home and he’s not one bit happy about it. He doesn’t like being told when to eat, when to sleep, when to take his pills. In fact, he doesn’t like living at all, and he’s decided he’s going to end his life on his terms.
When he tells retired soap-actor Frank about his dark plan, Frank urges him to go out with a bang. Together, they embark on a mission to find the perfect suicide, and along the way, discover the strength of friendship when you really feel alone.
When I first read the description of this book I instantly wanted to read it! The Great Unexpected was simply a beautiful novel, one of my favorite this year!
After Joel’s roommate passes away one morning, he finds himself in a deep depression and starts contemplating taking his own life. Joel is spending his last days as a “prisoner” of Hilltop Nursing Home and becoming quite rebellious and agitated. He is forced to eat when they say, sleep when they say, and take his pills when they say to. At least that’s how he sees it as of lately.
But then he meets his new roomy, Frank, a retired actor and they discuss Joel’s suicide options, wanting it to be classy and send a powerful last message.
I fell in love with Joel and Frank, and their candid friendship. Their story made me contemplate my own mortality and family connections. It opened my eyes to caring for an elderly person and what is important at that stage of their life.
Even though death is the main topic of this book, the message is so powerful and inspiring! Joel’s character grows so much from his friendship with Frank and he learns to see the beauty and joy in even his nursing home. The two laugh, cry and even break a few rules together. This book is a must read!
Thank you to Harlequin and NetGalley for this advanced copy! This book will be published June 25, 2019, I hope you check it out! My opinions are all my own.
This book reminded me of Water For Elephants, one of my all time favorites.
I’ll be thinking of this one for a while…
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