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{November 4, 2011}   {Review} All That Matters by Youseph Tanha

From Goodreads: Ethan Wright is just like any other high school kid that is one day lucky enough to meet the girl of his dreams. Throughout the course of high school the young couple learn to cope with incredibly difficult odds to discover all that matters.

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This is a very interesting love story.  All coming of age stories have trials and triumphs, and it is no different for Ethan and Amanda as they grow into young adults, but this raw look into young love, a love so pure and uncanny, is completely different.  Amanda is very ill, and Ethan’s undying devotion to her is extremely rare among young couples.  I especially enjoyed this reversal of devotion in that it is the male lead character who bends over backwards for the girl.  Most books I read tend to deal with female leads smitten with a male who could care less, and Tanha has created a nice change of pace in his novel. 

I enjoyed following Ethan and Amanda throughout their entire high school career and beyond, glimpsing them through ninth and tenth grade, and really getting to know them as they became juniors and seniors.  Tanha certainly has a way with words, and All That Matters is a beautiful story.  I must admit, the ending, though extremely real, left me somewhat aghast.  I wasn’t expecting it, and it did change my feelings for some of the characters, though, in reality, it is to be completely expected, and I can actually say that this novel truly couldn’t have ended any other way, even though I may not be happy about it.  Three stars.     



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