Title: Plank’s Law
By: Lesley Choyce
Publication: September 12th 2017
By: Orca Book Publishers
Trevor has known since he was ten years old that he has Huntington’s disease, but at sixteen he is informed that he has one year to live. One day while he’s trying to figure stuff out, an old man named Plank finds him standing at a cliff by the ocean. It’s the beginning of an odd but intriguing relationship. Both Trevor and Plank decide to live by Plank’s Law, which is -just live.- This means Trevor has to act on the things on his bucket list, like hanging out with real penguins, star in a science fiction movie and actually talk to Sara–the girl at the hospital who smiles at him.
With the aid of Plank and Sara, Trevor revises his bucket list to include more important things and takes charge of his illness and his life.
I’ve really enjoyed this reading, sadly it’s quite short and I would really have liked to know more about the characters and their lives, even so the point of the reading is quite clear and I think it tries to emphasize the importance of living every day as if it were the last one appreciating every moment
I want to thank NetGalley and Orca Book Publishers for providing me with this copy in exchange for an honest review
The Plank’s Law follows Trevor, he’s a young man who has a terminal illness, Huntington’s disease, which according to doctors will end his life within a year. One day being on the edge of a cliff, thinking about ending his life ,Trevor meets an old man called Plank, and they begin a particular friendship. Plank tells Trevor about a law that he has created called the Plank’s Law, in wich he tries to live every day and enjoy the moment so both decide to begin to live under those rules, while Trevor will treat to fulfill his list of wishes before the illness ends with his live.
The idea of this short novel is to put Trevor to test and in the way of trying to fulfill his goals he’ll discover what are the things that really matter
This book was very sweet, there is something that characterizes the characters and is that they are generally quite innocent, especially Trevor, and live saying always what they think, which has been super refreshing to read. The meaning of the whole book and what it’s trying to convey is very inspiring, it deals with sensitive issues such as cancer and depression, but I think the writer has done everything from a positive side and teaches how of a time so hard and having such a difficult life you still can learn so many amazing things. The characters and the way they relate is great, I really like the relationship between Trevor and Plank, because the age difference here is immense and yet they have absolutely adorable conversations and I love the honesty with which they are handled.
Love and how it is handled here is a bit weird but I think I personally enjoyed it, when I say it was weird I mean it’s all very fast but even so, being such a short book I suppose that makes sense, besides we’re talking about characters with serious illnesses which makes them live their days in full. The relationship between Sara and Trevor is very sweet and sensitive, Trevor has included in his list to meet this girl who one day smiled at him in the hospital and this girl turns out to be Sara, she has cancer, so you can see very hard times, where they have stayed together no matter what, the way that Trevor comes to her and fall in love is very natural and simple, I really enjoy it, especially seeing the way they support each other, is incredible
It was hard to see how Trevor almost gave up a couple of times, as the disease attacks his mind and makes him weak , feels depressed and feels that living is not worth it, and at the same time it’s inspiring, because he surpasses it by himself and for his love for Sara, and for wanting to be there for her he just stops thinking about everything and forces himself to move on, that’s my favorite thing about the book.
There is a very punctual thing with which I’ve felt a little annoying and it’s the relationship between Antonio and Trevor, they’re childhood friends and then for life stuffs they separate and Antonio moves away, but one day thanks to Sara they meet again, and I don’t want to make spoilers, so I’ll be brief, butAntonio has serious symptoms of depression and I think that Trevor in his innocence or his ignorance perhaps, doesn’t pay the attention that should have given him, and I’m not saying it was because he’s a bad person but I think he’s been a bit careless at that point, and I think his behavior might have changed how things ended
I would like to have a second book because I would love to know how the characters’ lives continues, from everything after all they have lived, but even so it has been a very nice reading and easy to read as wel,l I recommend it a lot