It is time for the first ever book review that I’m writing about a book that was gifted to me by the publisher. I got Finding Balance via Netgalley and nearly screamed with excitement for my first eARC.

I thought the description sounded so good, that I took a shot. It payed off and now here we are.

The synopsis: Jase Ellison doesn’t remember having Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia when he was three years old. His cancer diagnosis only enters his mind twice a year. Once at his yearly checkup at the oncology clinic and when he attends Camp Chemo in the summer. No one in his “real” life knows about his past, especially his friends at Atlanta West Prep.

Mari Manos has never been able to hide her cancer survivorship. She wakes every morning, grabs her pink forearm clip crutches, and starts her day. Mari loves Camp Chemo—where she’s developed a healthy crush on fellow camper Jase. At Camp, she knows that she’ll never get “the look” or have to explain her amputation to anyone.

Jase wants to move on, to never reveal his past. But when Mari transfers to his school, he knows she could blow his cover. That’s the last thing he wants, but he also cannot ignore his attraction to her. For Mari, she only wants to be looked at like a girl, a person, and not only known for her disability. But how do you move on from cancer when the world won’t let you.

Publication date: June 5, 2020
Publisher: Flux

My thoughts on Finding Balance

The book sounded good and I was a little afraid that it might be disappointing. But that was not neccessary because Finding Balance is an amazing book!

Finding balance was a powerful book about two teen cancer survivors who deal with typical teenage stuff.

I felt like the cancer theme wasn’t overpowering. I think books about illness can sometimes be a downer, but that wasn’t the case at all. The story is mostly about a boy and a girl who share a secret together and that makes it interesting and compelling.

I do think the cancer rep was extremely realistic. I haven’t had cancer at all, but I do know the feeling of one thing – like an illness – determining your whole self and life, even if you don’t want it too.

It kind of had a slow burn romance and I was all for it! Jase was a jerk a lot of the times, but I can overlook it, since the book was great in other things.

One small thing that I didn’t like all the time was the writing. Sometimes the choice of words felt out of character with the book.

Final rating

I gave Finding Balance 4/5 stars.

Rating: 4 out of 5.