No Sad Songs by Frank Morelli is the story of 18-year-old Gabe who is forced to mature quicker and more suddenly than most people have to. His grandfather has Alzheimer’s and he suddenly assumes the role of primary caretaker for him. He is struggling with his relationship with his best friend, he has normal teen-like troubles with his crush, and his long-lost uncle has returned who is not the most organized and mature person on the planet, to say the least. Then amidst ALL of this, a tragedy happens when there is a hit-and-run and a little boy on a bicycle that further complicates the story. Gabe is going to be forced to make an impossible decision, one that either choice will likely upturn his life even more and change it forever.
First and foremost, I want to thank the author for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review. After reading the synopsis, I have to admit the first and main reason I wanted to pick this up is because of the Alzheimer’s situation in the book. My dad died with Alzheimer’s a little over a year and a half ago and something inside just kept telling me that I need to read this book. While the Alzheimer’s is not the primary focus of the story, how it affects Gabe as a caretaker and caregiver and THEN how his life begins to pan out based on his decisions and actions is.
I loved this book. And I am going to go ahead and say that it made me cry multiple times. It was so sincere, genuine, and full of just… happy-tears-causing-things and then sad things, too! Morelli perfectly blends these emotions into a story that I am thankful I read in my lifetime. There were times where I laughed out loud and then pages later came the opposite emotion. For an author to be able to back and forth, keep you on your toes, and keep you engaged is definitely not something to overlook. Not everyone has that ability in handling multiple emotions.
I fully recommend this book as it is loaded with humor and heart. A five star read