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Gap Life

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Gap Life

GAP LIFE by John Coy tells of the interesting adventures of Cray and his decision --- against his parents will --- to take a year off before going to college. Cray’s parents had his whole life planned for him. He was going to study to be a surgeon. Everyone in the family was in the medical field, so he should be too. So when Cray tells his parents he won’t be attending college in the fall, they get rather upset. His father tells him to find a job and to start paying rent. And that’s exactly what Cray does. During the summer Cray finds a new friend, gets an unusual job and learns some things about himself he didn’t know before.
 
"I really enjoyed reading GAP LIFE. I thought it was a great coming of age story. It had the rebellious teenager, the romance, the sorrow, the happiness. You will experience every emotion while reading this book."
 
When you first start reading GAP LIFE, you are incredibly confused. It jumps right into Cray being afraid to tell everyone something he decided. It takes a few pages before you learn what he is terrified of. Cray has never really experienced true freedom; so when he meets this uniquely beautiful, free-spirit named Rayne, his whole world turns upside down. Rayne is also taking a “gap year” before going to college. Rayne becomes the person Cray needs most in his life. She is all he can ever think about. She will show him how life is meant to be lived, how he should make his own choices about his future. She even introduces him to new type of food.
 
Personally, I really enjoyed reading GAP LIFE. I thought it was a great coming of age story. It had the rebellious teenager, the romance, the sorrow, the happiness. You will experience every emotion while reading this book. I laughed. I cried. I slammed the book down in anger. It is an emotional rollercoaster you won’t easily forget.
 
I honestly didn’t know what to expect from this book. When I first started reading it, I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I actually did. I have to say, it was difficult to put down. I kept wanting to know what would happen. When you feel like you know what’s next, something else pops out and surprises you. Throughout the book, I was captivated by Cray’s decisions and thought process. Sometimes he does incredibly spontaneous and rather idiotic things, while other times he reacts maturely and thinks it through. At the end of the story, his family lightens up about the whole “gap year” thing and gets --- for the most part --- on board with his decision. The progression he makes with his family is truly heart-warming and you think maybe his parents aren’t so bad after all.
 
I would recommend GAP LIFE to just about anybody. People who are having difficulties deciding what they want to do after they graduate high school should definitely read it. It’ll show them that it’s okay to not know what you want to pursue and that it’s okay to take a gap year. Yes, I know Cray’s parents absolutely appalled the idea but they came around. He just needed to show them he was serious about not wanting to go to college in the fall. Even if you do know what you want to do after high school, you should still read GAP LIFE. A lot of people don’t know what they want to do, and reading this book might just help you understand what they’re experiencing.

Reviewed by Ashley D., Teen Board Member. on December 14, 2016

Gap Life
by John Coy