Today we are hosting a stop for Tick to the Tock‘s blog tour, organized by Xpresso Book Tours. Tick to the Tock by Matthew Turner is a new adult contemporary book that was released January 2, 2014.
About the Book
Tick to the Tock
Pub Date: 1.8.14
Dante King is a young twenty something who discovers he’s dying. He won’t live to see his next birthday and time is ticking away to live life before it’s taken from him. With the help of his eccentric and wild-free friend, Wilbur Day, and stubbornly rational cousin, Ethan Knight, the three friends embark on a trip that takes them across Europe, Asia, Australia and beyond.
Dante clings to his past though and the many regrets he has, yearning for acceptance and finally understanding faith. He’s only loved once, and when Daniella Adams comes back in to his life, the pair realise how in love they are – but must battle what they previously did to one another.
This is a heart pulling journey of amazing scenery and adventurous ways, but built on a life that is soon to end. It follows the love of Danii and Dante, finally realising how much they mean to each other but having it ripped away before their eyes. It’s about love and hardship between friends, family, and a dying son’s regret of not being better.
It’s a roller coaster ride of laughs and tears and making the most of life before it’s too late.·
I knew what I was getting myself into when I signed up for this blog tour review. I mean, it says it all right there in the synopsis right? A guy dying trying to come to grips with the last of his days. I don’t know what it says about me that I am drawn to books like this, books that force you to delve into the tough issues of life. However, every time I do, I always feel changed somehow. And maybe that is why I do it.
Whatever I thought I knew about this book, I didn’t. This book surprised me in so many ways. For one thing, I only cried during the epilogue. Well, and one other time there was a single tear, but I can’t tell you when, because it was such a critical moment of the book. So not crying about a dying person may sound like the book wasn’t that great, but it was. It really, really was.
See, Turner decided to write a book about life. This book in so many ways was not about death and dying, but about living. Truly living. It was a hard look at what we do everyday that we may one day regret – whether it is not speaking up out of fear, being stuck in a comfortable routine, being afraid of a life you hadn’t planned to live, wandering through life avoiding commitment, or even indecision. While Dante is the voice and the backbone of the story, there were four people in this book who went through a transformation. Actually, five, because this book did something to my mind and my soul that I can’t quite describe. It so visceral, yet subtle that I didn’t quite know what to think until it was all said and done. But it made me want to live.
The moment I started the book, I knew I was going to love the author. He started each chapter with two or three music recommendations. And two of the three on chapter one were two of my very favorite songs. And one of my very favorite musicians. So, I knew that even if I didn’t like the words in the story, I would resonate with the music. And I did. I took my time reading so I could listen to each recommendation during the said chapter. This book took much longer to read that way, but I really think it was worth it and provided a rich reading experience.
The book doesn’t read like a story — most times I felt like I was reading a memoir or a nonfiction essay. And that was okay. It made the way I approached the material seem more real and less like a story someone had written to entertain. It felt like Dante was a real person with a real voice, telling me his story.
At first I didn’t care for the girlfriend Danii. I think I was already loyal to Dante and didn’t want her to hurt him. But, she grew on me. All four of the characters did. It was great to see how they grew from the experiences they had together. I loved when Ethan confessed that he hated that he was having fun, when the trip wasn’t about him having fun, but making sure Dante was okay. When he confessed that maybe, just maybe that daily routine he cherished so much didn’t have as much meaning as he had been giving it.
And the end, the emotional turn that the book took was just a perfect way to end the story. I had a thought earlier in the story, but I was still taken aback when it happened. And of course the epilogue. It’s like when we know what is going to happen, and yet we somehow still wish for it to not happen.
The one critique I do have of the book is the wordiness. I feel like an edit to trim down on some of the dialogue and thoughts could have tightened and polished this book up. It was definitely different from any book I’ve read in awhile. It wasn’t something I normally would pick up. It was a hard read, but it was worth it. And it was probably hard because it did seem so real — I didn’t feel the way I feel when I read a YA book or a book that makes me escape to another world. It was gritty, raw, and unabashedly uncomfortable, because it made me take a hard look at myself. And that my friends, is why I loved it most of all.
About the Author
What would you do if you had three months to live? That’s what Dante King faces, the indecisive twenty-two-year-old who must finally learn to embrace life and love.Tick to the Tock is a Contemporary New Adult Novel about Dante coming-of-age during turbulent times. A story inspired by love, but with the gritty realities of regret, missed opportunity, and understanding life’s meaning under dire circumstance. But a single mind isn’t affected on this journey, as an eclectic group comes to terms with the past, present, and what lies ahead.
Dante must confront and accept his fate, but can he let go of Danni: his lost love and kindred dreamer? With his rationally stubborn cousin, and eccentric best friend, Dante witnesses a life of dream and wonder: embarking across Europe, tackling Tibet, travelling Australia, and defeating each lifelong wish one-by-one.
Follow this coming-of-age roller coaster as four lives change forever. We’re only given one, but it’s never too late to understand faith, discover acceptance, and uncover the true meaning of love and happiness. Dante will die, but not efore Danii, Ethan, Wilbur and he undertake an intense and heartfelt journey.
Smile… Cry… Ask yourself what you would do with three months left… Because Love & Living Begins Now.
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