47 Things – Lilliana Anderson

Cover for 47 Things by Lilliana Anderson

This book contains:

  • explicit depictions of the physical and emotional toll of MS
  • the discussion and execution of euthanasia/suicide

We follow Tyler and Sara as they develop their relationship at uni and find their way through some difficult times. Having known each other growing up in a rural Australian town their relationship doesn’t start off or develop easily while they’re at uni.

Reunited at uni, Tyler uses a pick up line on Sara after running into her and knocking her bag and books everywhere. Except Sara remembers him from school and isn’t impressed.

Tyler convinces her to go out with him and they begin a romantic, young love story that we all dream of having. Until he disappears and Sara can’t get in touch with him. How can a relationship keep going if one half goes missing without explanation? And then when he does turn up, refuses to explain what’s going on.

Over time Sara figures out what’s happening with Tyler and why he keeps disappearing. Cue the 47 Things coming into play making for an incredibly sad and heart-breaking love story that plays out.

My first impression of Lillian’s writing is how well she can describe the sights and sounds of every location. I lived in Sydney for a few years, meaning I know the locations fairly well so reading about each location in such detail allowed me to be fully immersed. Everything was so accurate allowing me to imagine the sights, sounds and smells of any scene.

The next impression I had was the emotional angst between all the characters, including how they grow and develop together. The level of emotional trauma they experienced as a couple was immense and I found myself tearing up, especially towards the end.

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