Jesse is a junior in college, pre-med and football player, beginning his internship on the oncology floor of the local Children’s Hospital. Zoe was in college, but has been fighting leukemia for a year, a type of childhood cancer that occasionally strikes older teens and young adults. Jesse and Zoe strike up a friendship, and continue to see each other as friends once she’s released and after she goes back to school at the same university Jesse attends.
This was such a sweet book. Jesse and Zoe have a beautiful friendship, and I liked seeing her start to *live* once she was in remission. She finally gave herself permission to experience life. And Jesse is so passionate about becoming a doctor and researching childhood cancer, hoping to prevent anyone else from losing a loved one to the devastating disease.
What I liked: Jesse and Zoe together. Zoe’s sassiness. Emma, the roommate. The poignancy of Maria’s story (but what happened to her??). The camaraderie between Jesse’s group of friends.
What I didn’t like: What happened with Maria?? I’m so curious! Did the transplant work?
Overall: This is a sweet, clean book with a lot of emotion. Definitely worth reading.
Title: Fighting For You
Series: Bragan University #2
Author: Gianna Gabriela
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: December 7, 2018
Jesse Falcon has dedicated his life to one cause: to fight against that
which has taken so much from him.
He’s learned the hard way that if you want something to be done, you have to do
No more waiting for others to make a difference.
With football, a pre-med program and a coveted internship, he has no time for
anything or anyone else. The truth is, he doesn’t think his barely healed heart
can take it.
Despite his determination to remain distant, he soon finds a girl who will not
only fracture that resolve but shatter it completely.
Zoe Evans is an average college student.
She has a group of friends, and enough gossip lingers in the halls to make her
Her whole world changes in a heartbeat though – one blackout, and a week-long
fever forces her into a battle she isn’t prepared to fight.
The odds are stacked against her.
Will she have the strength to prevail?
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Every time I near her door, I struggle to go inside. I hate being in the hospital. The smell is a mixture of things, all inescapable. The most prevalent is the jumble of two emotions—happiness and sorrow. Some people laugh. Some people cry; it all depends on the day.
I force myself to stand outside her door for a few more minutes. Who would’ve thought that I’d be here? Who would’ve thought I’d be spending my afternoons in a hospital entertaining her while she fights for her life? Not me. And I’m sure as hell she didn’t expect to be here either.
No one should expect to be here because no one ever should.
Although my feet want to remain frozen, I take a deep breath and force myself to knock. I wait a few minutes, but no one answers. I press my ear to the door, hearing no noises coming from the other side. Maybe she’s sleeping. I should come back another time, I tell myself, but I know I’m just trying to find a reason not to go into that room. Instead, I do what anyone in my position would do; I fight my cowardice, my desire to run away.
I open the door and let myself in. I’m immediately greeted by an empty space. Even for a hospital, it looks too clinical. The bed is made, the machines have been put away, and the flowers that were here yesterday are gone. There’s no sign that someone was here. No sign that she had been here before.
Immediately, I get the feeling that something is wrong.
That is the word ringing in my ears.
I have cancer.
I have it.
The word continues to loop like a bad soundtrack in my mind. It’s on repeat, but I struggle to comprehend it. I hear my mother’s cry and turn in her direction just in time to see my father bringing his arms around her to keep her suddenly limp body from hitting the ground. Her reaction is what tells me I’ve heard the doctor right.
I think back at how I ended up here. One second, I was on the phone with my mother, telling her about this fever that wouldn’t go away. Even with the fever, I remember telling her how excited I was to finally get a break from school and spend my time with her and Dad. She kept insisting I get myself to the hospital, but I refused. I thought it was nothing…but it persisted. The fever didn’t go away, so I finally decided to listen to my mother.
A fever. That’s all I thought I had, but I was wrong.
I have Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
I have it.
The rest of the doctor’s words are lost on me as I feel as if I’m not really in my body anymore, I’m not in this room anymore. Suddenly, I’m lightheaded and my vision blurs.
“Are you okay, Zoe?” I think I hear someone say, but before I can answer, everything goes dark.
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Gianna Gabriela is a small-town girl living in the Big Ol’ City of New York. She’s
been reading for years and calls it her addiction. Her favorite genre to read
is anything in the YA, NA, and Contemporary Romance realm. She’s a writer of
the sexy alphas you want and the strong heroines you need.