Life, Interrupted

Damian Kelleher

Luke’s world is turned upside down when his mum collapses at the hospital where she works as a nurse. Fourteen year old Luke and his football obsessed younger brother Jesse each cope in their different ways, and, as time passes, they must confront some painful truths.
Honest funny and deeply moving this is a story about facing the worst and surviving.


9 thoughts on “Life, Interrupted

  1. This category of story is not my usual reading style and if I’m honest I didn’t think I would enjoy this right from the beginning. There were some great points that were really emotional and really got to me.

  2. I loved this book because it was so emotional and i thought it came from the heart. I especially liked the part when Luke and Jesse had the massive food fight in the kitchen when they were meant to be cleaning up for their mum coming home. I also liked the part when they had the BBQ because they seemed to have forgotten about the cancer for a few hours which is always a good thing.

  3. I liked this book but i thought it was like a typical story with a teenage twist. I knew what was going to happen it was too predictable i still think the author has done a good job. This is a sad book and makes you think how much family means to you and that no matter what life goes on.

  4. I liked this book because I could relate to Luke’s position because my mum had cancer. I thought it was really moving and I’m glad I read it.

  5. This book is a very emotional one. I agree with Charlie though, the climax was in the middle of the book making the ending seem insignificant. The characters seemed like normal teenage boys, almost real. Like the ones you’d bump into at school, or maybe even the troublemakers?

    This book is written from Luke’s point of view, and is an account on how he copes with the news his mother has cancer and how his life changes from that point on. It made me wonder if anyone Damian Kelleher was close to had cancer, because the account was so vivid.

  6. I like this book because it was on a specific subject that many people can relate to today. I also liked how it had both sad and happy moments showing that life still goes on no matter what happens.

  7. I liked this book because even though it has a sad topic it has happy and funny moments. Also it is something people can relate to because they may know people who have died of cancer, and reading this book makes you appreciate your mum. I think Luke and Freya at the end should have had a romantic moment because it would have been very sweet. However, I think the end should have been happier.

  8. I liked this book. The characters are very life like. I especially liked Jesse as he reminded me of my brother. I didn’t like the fact that the climax was in the middle of the book as the story deflated after that.

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