By: Maryam Master
Genre: YFQ - Humorous stories
Published by: Pan Macmillan Australia
Published: 27 Jul 2021
ISBN: 9781760983512


Anahita Rosalind Ghorban-Galaszczuk (yes, that really is her name but you can call her Ana) is discovering that life is absurd. As if dying of cancer at the age of 12.5 isn't bad enough, she still has to endure daily insults from her nemesis, Alyssa (Queen Mean) Anderson. Ana's on a wild roller-coaster of life and death, kindness and cruelty, ordinary and extraordinary.

And she's got a few things to do before she exits…


Ana is twelve and a half, and she is dying of cancer. She has sworn her best friend, Al, and her parents and step-parents across both her two households to secrecy about her illness.

So her worst enemy, Alyssa (Butt Breath) Anderson continues to bully her everyday. She is experiencing the very best and worst of people, but she has plans of her own before she goes, and with Al to help her, what could go wrong!

This is a beautifully written book, exploring one young girl’s journey of facing her own death. She does confront her own mortality through the story so whilst it is deep content it is written with so much humour, joy and love, that you will remember this book long after you put it down. It is a truly joyous affirmation to make the most of everyday and to be the best person you can.

Ana chooses to be happy with what she has and find joy in everyday, something we should all strive for.

Perfect for students in Year 7 and up.

Reviewed by Michelle