Thursday, November 14, 2013

Twelve Months - Manchester

Don DiMarco has just received the worst news possible. He has been diagnosed with colon cancer and has, likely, no more than Twelve Months to live. 

After the initial shock wears off, DiMarco and his wife Bella decide he might as well get busy doing just that, living! A "to-do" list is created of five things that DiMarco has always wanted to do: stand up comedy, driving a race car, professional news journalism, among others. He spends the next months of time fulfilling these goals, ultimately discovering that his ultimate goal isn't about racing or writing, but with spending his limited time with his loved ones and making efforts to change others' lives for the better.

A well-written, cookie cutter story, Steven Manchester's work reads very much like Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet In Heaven. An oddly "feel-good" story, despite the dire circumstances. A little too schmaltzy, a bit too do-gooder, but overall a nice read which goes fairly quick.

3/5- Good. Read it, have a good time and move on. Or not.