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Farewell Tour of a Terminal Optimist

John Young


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Range: KelpiesTeen Paperback 288 pages 198 x 130 mm ISBN: 9781782504245 Publication date: 20 July 2017
Genre: School Theme: Bullying

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Quick-witted, sharp-tongued Connor Lambert won't take it any longer: the bullying, the secrets, the sympathy. He's been dying from cancer for years, but he’s not dead yet. He's going down fighting.

Forming an unlikely friendship with fellow juvenile delinquent Skeates, the pair stage a break out and set off on a crazy tour across Scotland -- dodging the police, joy riding and extreme partying -- to find Connor's dad, an inmate at Shotts prison.

But Connor's left two things behind -- the medication he needs to keep him alive, and the girl who makes living bearable.

A fresh and bold debut novel full of heart, guts and raw emotion. Farewell Tour of a Terminal Optimist is a brilliantly funny, thrilling exploration of friendship, identity and mortality populated with witty, sharply drawn characters.


'A bold and brilliant debut.'
-- Keith Gray, author of Ostrich Boys and Creepers

'Sweet , [...] incredibly funny, and tremendously exciting.'
-- The Bookwitch

'I normally dislike books about dying teens, but this one had me feeling all the feels. I laughed (often), my heart raced during the get-aways, and yes, I even cried. Real tears! The last time a book made me cry was [...] well, I can't exactly remember, but it was a long time ago. The real beauty of this book is that it's about two boys on an adventure who form an unlikely alliance and ''never quit.'' '
-- Cindy Huskey, GoodReads

'I enjoyed the writing a lot. I also loved the unique voice the main character has. His life is very tragic but he's just so inspiring. I can't wait to hold the physical copy in my hands.'
-- NetGalley

'Think John Green with a heavy dose of modern Scottish culture. [...] adventurous readers will be won over by Connor's attitude towards his life and the need for living (both metaphorically and literally). I would recommend to anyone who enjoys realistic YA fiction.'
-- Goodreads

'Connor and the school bully Skeates go on a wacky adventure to try and find Connor's dad in prison. It is the first time in his life that he hasn't allowed his cancer to dictate his life. This, for me was the most relatable thing about Farewell Tour of a Terminal Optimist. I have a chronic condition and I often let it control my life. Young really got that right. Unlike some books of the YA/illness genre the book isn't set to pull at your heartstrings. It celebrates friendship and making the most of life. It is a really uplifting read.'
-- Lisa Talks About

'a fun read. . . I liked the characters and the unexpected bromance between Connor and Skeates.'
-- My Paper Infinity

Farewell Tour of a Terminal Optimist


John Young is a writer who is originally from Belfast and lives in Edinburgh. A former lawyer, he founded and runs The Teapot Trust, a children’s art therapy charity, with his wife Laura. He was a Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award winner in 2013.

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