I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach
Published by St. Martin's Press on August 9th 2016
The Fault In Our Stars meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Seventeen-year-old Ivan Isaenko is a life-long resident of the Mazyr Hospital for Gravely Ill Children in Belarus. For the most part, every day is exactly the same for Ivan, which is why he turns everything into a game, manipulating people and events around him for his own amusement.
Until Polina arrives.
She steals his books. She challenges his routine. The nurses like her.
She is exquisite. Soon, he cannot help being drawn to her and the two forge a romance that is tenuous and beautiful and everything they never dared dream of. Before, he survived by being utterly detached from things and people. Now, Ivan wants something more: Ivan wants Polina to live.
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Raised his whole life in Mazyr Hospital for Gravely Ill Children in Belarus, Ivan escapes into books and the games he plays with the staff and residents, letting only one nurse see him for who he really is. Funny, heartbreaking, and sometimes gross (we are dealing with a 16 year old boy), Ivan is a unforgettable character. Highly recommend!
*Part of my A Book A Day Challenge
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