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Review by Suze
Kat is the strong one at home. She's always positive and is there for her brother Beep whenever her needs her. Beep has leukemia and Kat is the one who makes his hospital stays bearable by making sure he has some fun. She understands him perfectly, but that can't be said about her sister Rachel. Before Beep became ill Kat and Rachel were close, but since then they've been having problems and every time they see each other things are awful.
Kat's only escape is Evan, the boy she's liked for quite some time. Evan used to be her best friend, but he's given her a lot of grief too. Evan wants things to be the way they were again, but Kat isn't sure she's ready. Things at school are difficult and with her worries about Beep at home there isn't much more stress she can take. Plus she has a close online friend, someone who's very dear to her even though she's never met him. When Beep needs Kat's bone marrow she's worried about the outcome. It's the only option he has left, but what if it doesn't save him?
Dessert First is a mind-blowing emotional story. Kat has a fantastic personality. She's kind, caring and understanding. She loves with all her heart and she wants to make the people she loves as happy as she can. She often forgets herself in the process. Beep is her whole world and she's used to spending time at the hospital with him and cheering him up. My heart ached for her at times because she definitely doesn't have an easy life. She's been through a lot more than most teenagers and she manages to keep going no matter what happens to her. I found that incredible and loved the way Dean Gloster portrayed her.
Dessert First is a book I will remember for a long time. It's a beautiful multilayered story. I often had tears in my eyes while reading this story. Sadness is part of life and Dean Gloster writes about it in a amazing intense way. I was impressed by the empathic way he writes about Beep. He's perfectly captured the impact his illness has on his family and also the way it is for Beep himself. I loved his empathy and his honest and raw way of describing things.
Other important themes of Desert First are hopes and dreams, family, friendship and of course love. Dean Gloster writes about what matters most in life in a brilliant way and the title suits the story exceptionally well. I highly recommend this profound moving story, it really took my breath away.