Monday 3 May 2021

BLOG TOUR: The Last Act of Adam Campbell - Andy Jones

A year can go quickly. Particularly when it's your last.

Adam had a good life: a job he enjoyed, a nice house, a loving partner and a bright six-year-old daughter. Then he cheated on his partner. Then she kicked him out of their home. And then he was given approximately twelve months to live.

Despite the devastating news, Adam is determined to turn his life around before it finally runs out. Help comes in the form of an ex-junky, a cantankerous train driver, a nun experiencing a crisis of faith, and a teenager intent on losing her virginity - all living on borrowed time, all desperate to feel alive before their time is up.

What did I think?

Make sure you have your tissues handy when you read The Last Act of Adam Campbell; it's impossible to get through this book dry-eyed.  Whether it be tears of laughter (pumpkin based), tears of joy or tears of sadness - I cried them all over this stunning book.

Adam has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and he has a lot of bridges to build before his time is up.  As his body declines, his mind is kept occupied by an unlikely group of friends he meets in group therapy.  Each of them carrying the weight of their own illnesses on their shoulders, they find that they are indeed stronger together and decide to put on a play depicting famous Shakespearean deaths.  With time being a commodity none of them have, who will be there for the curtain call?

Oh my goodness, this book affected me in ways I didn't expect.  Andy Jones creates such wonderful characters I was so completely invested in that I couldn't prevent the tears from falling at each inevitable conclusion.  It may be a book about death but it is so completely full of life that it warmed the cockles of my heart.  It is so beautifully written and I think it's Andy Jones' best book yet.

Incredibly poignant, hilarious and heartwarming, The Last Act of Adam Campbell is a beautiful book that I will never forget.  I haven't read an Andy Jones book that I've rated less than 5 stars and The Last Act of Adam Campbell is no exception - I'd give it more than 5 stars if I could.

I received an ARC from the publisher to read and review for the blog tour; this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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