Two teens are forced to make some very grown-up decisions when one of them is diagnosed with terminal cancer, twisting them into an unpredictable nightmare. Best friends since toddlerhood, Samantha and Jesse grapple with the realization that they are actually in love. What now? Beautifully written while handling a very heavy topic, Castrovilla addresses the universal question: In a world where the worst can strike at any time, how can we ever feel safe?
When her best friend is diagnosed with cancer, Samantha grasps at anything she can to come to terms with his impending death. Jesse has all but given up, but what if he had something to live for? After years as best friends they bring in a love that will never be lost into the relationship, only to find that life is full of hard lessons but with a shoulder to lean on and an unparralled love, lifes lessons are a bit easier to take.
Beautifully written story, without divulging too much of the unfolding of the story, I thought that Samantha was a rockstar for having the courage to face Jesse head on even when he has given up. The Girl Next Door deals with a tough issue, but it reads incredibly well and I thought encompassed all the feelings you deal with in this situation. Excellent read.