No Sad Songs By Frank Morelli | Neverland Blog Tours | My Review!

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Following a family tragedy, 18-year-old Gabe LoScuda suddenly finds himself thrust into the role of caregiver for his ailing grandfather. Between the shopping trips and the doctor visits with Grandpa, Gabe and his friend John try to salvage their senior year, meet girls, and make the varsity baseball team. It doesn’t take long for Gabe to realize that going to school and looking after a grandfather with Alzheimer’s is more work than he ever imagined.
And when long-lost Uncle Nick appears on the scene, Gabe soon finds that living with Nick and Grandpa is like babysitting two grown men. Aside from John, the only person who truly understands Gabe is Sofia, a punk-rocking rebel he meets at the veteran’s hospital. When these three unlikely friends are faced with a serious dilemma, will they do what it takes to save Grandpa? If there’s a chance of preserving the final shreds of Grandpa’s dignity, Gabe may have to make the most gut-wrenching decision of his life—and there’s no way out.

My review:

Reading this book I could feel just how much Gabe loves his Grandpa and wants to do right by him and his late father. I could sense the weight on Gabe's shoulders on having to look after him all by himself with no help, not even from Uncle Nick who just seemed to be someone else for Gabe to look after. The huge responsibility, especially given his Grandpa's dementia, for me, felt like too much for someone so young. I did wonder why there wasn't any other family around to help Gabe out, other than long lost Uncle Nick who just seemed totally useless! Perhaps that was the whole point of the book, that Gabe had to suffer this horrendous tragedy and then be left (almost) all alone to pick up the pieces.

I can understand what it's like to have a relative with dementia it just isn't nice at all to see someone who was once so strong virtually disappear in front of your eyes. You have to be so vigilant to their behaviour and put extra measures in place to help them protect themselves but it seems Gabe didn't have any of this, hence why his Grandpa was able to drive his beloved Trans-Am and hit the little boy. Uncle Nick doesn't seem to very competent himself either which just makes more work for Gabe!

I did enjoy the book and I could resonate with it but I guess I just have some unanswered questions really! 4/5

About Frank Morelli: FRANK MORELLI has been a teacher, a coach, a bagel builder, a stock boy, a pretzel salesman, a bus driver, a postal employee, a JC Penney model (see: clerk), an actual clerk (like in the movie of the same name), a camp counselor, a roving sports reporter, and a nuclear physicist (okay, maybe that’s not true). At heart, he’s a writer, and that’s all he’s ever been. His fiction and essays have appeared in more than thirty publications, including The Saturday Evening Post, Cobalt Review, Philadelphia Stories, Jersey Devil Press, and Indiana Voice Journal. His sports-themed column—“Peanuts & Crackerjacks”—appears monthly at Change Seven Magazine.

A Philadelphia native, Frank now lives near Greensboro, NC in a tiny house under the trees with his best friend and muse, their obnoxious alley cats, and two hundred pounds worth of dog.

Love, Sarah

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