"Never Ever Give Up: The Inspiring Story of Jessie and her JoyJars" by Erik Rees is a heart breaking, gut wrenching, amazing book. The book follows Jessie Rees, a young girl with brain cancer on her 13 month battle. It is told by her father, Erik. He holds nothing back. He is completely honest in the journey. The book not only has a life changing topic, it is also written very well. This is not just a book by a dad, but a book by a writer as well.
This is an incredibly hard book to read. It is so emotionally difficult. When I agreed to be on the review team, my thoughts were that I could see how my husbands childhood with leukemia was like. But there were too many years and science has advance so far, that there was little similarities. However, I am the mother of a 9 year old with a life threatening heart condition. So there were many things that I could relate to. If you were to read and think he was exaggerating in parts, I can tell you he was not. There were so many things he described that I had done myself. Losing a child, or preparing to lose a child is the worst experience anyone can ever have.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review and promotion from Handlebar Publishing. I easily give it 5 stars. This is a book you must read.