The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson | REVIEW

The Five Stages of Andrew BrawleyThe Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson
Published by Simon Pulse on January 20th, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, LGBT, Death, Fiction
Pages: 297
Format: Hardcover

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Andrew Brawley was supposed to die that night. His parents did, and so did his sister, but he survived.

Now he lives in the hospital. He serves food in the cafeteria, he hangs out with the nurses, and he sleeps in a forgotten supply closet. Drew blends in to near invisibility, hiding from his past, his guilt, and those who are trying to find him.

Then one night Rusty is wheeled into the ER, burned on half his body by hateful classmates. His agony calls out to Drew like a beacon, pulling them both together through all their pain and grief. In Rusty, Drew sees hope, happiness, and a future for both of them. A future outside the hospital, and away from their pasts.

But Drew knows that life is never that simple. Death roams the hospital, searching for Drew, and now Rusty. Drew lost his family, but he refuses to lose Rusty, too, so he’s determined to make things right. He’s determined to bargain, and to settle his debts once and for all.

But Death is not easily placated, and Drew’s life will have to get worse before there is any chance for things to get better.


The-5-Stages-of-Andrew-Brawley-ReviewThe Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson is a touching story about a boy who has lost his family, lives in the hospital, and tries to find a purpose in life. He serves food in the cafeteria, hangs out with the nurses in the ER, and visits the sick kids/teens in the pediatrics. All while he draws an epic graphic novel/comic about an anti-superhero depicting himself.


The-5-Stages-of-Andrew-Brawley-Plot-+-WritingI thought that The Five Stages of Andrew Brawely was extremely well written. I loved Hutchinson’s style of writing, as well as his story telling capabilities. The story was tragic, heart breaking, funny, loving, and inspiring. It’s a story like this one that needs to be told.

It references topics like bullying, acceptance, LGBT lives, love, death, and so much more. Andrew as a main character was truly inspiring to me. We see him go through so much as the story progresses that you can’t help but care deeply about him, the loss that he’s suffered, and the blurry future that’s ahead of him. The same goes for Rusty, Lexi, and Trevor.

The most important subject this book talks about is death. Death is all around us. It’s inevitable, and there is nothing we can do about it. We have to accept the fact that things happen for a reason, and we can’t always be the hero that saves the day.

“Life is about more than hate. It takes more than anger to make a hero.”

“There’s a hole in me. A gaping wound. Every part of me misses every part of them. And it never stops hurting. I can’t bear the thought of missing you, too.”


The-5-Stages-of-Andrew-Brawley-CharactersAndrew Brawley is such a tortured soul. After losing his parents in a dangerous accident, he takes up residence at the hospital as a way to pay his penance. He is very selfless and everything he does it’s for the sake of someone else. I truly admired him and found him to be quite relatable. His love story with Rusty wasn’t pushed or forced. It wasn’t quite insta-love either. It was perfect. It’s not everyday that you can fall in love with someone that has physical deformities such as burns, but that is the kind of character Andrew is. He wanted to do everything in his power to save Rusty, even if it meant putting his life at risk.


The-5-Stages-of-Andrew-Brawley-SettingThe majority of the story takes place in the hospital. We get to see how Andrew is able to live there undetected and how easily it is for him to navigate around without catching the eye of death her self. The setting of the book also sets the tone of the story as well. Although hospitals are scary and quite sad, Andrew is still able to find slivers of hope there which brings about the overall mood and atmosphere.

Finally I want to talk about the graphic novel portion of the story. After certain chapters we get to see the story that Andrew created. It helps paint the picture of how he is truly feeling when he’s too afraid to admit it out loud. He feels everything that happened was his fault and it really showed through the character that he created in his world. It was a great addition to the over all story and it wouldn’t be what it is without it. It adds a little bit more to the setting and lets you see inside Andrew’s mind.


The-5-Stages-of-Andrew-Brawley-In-ConclusionThe Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson was a truly touching coming of age story. With a lot of angst, sadness, cuteness, hope, and love, this book has everything to offer.

If you’ve read this book let me know down below. What are some ways you used to cope with the loss of a family member? Do you have that one person that you can confide in about anything? I’m curious to know!

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The-5-Stages-of-Andrew-Brawley-About-the-Authorauthor1Shaun David Hutchinson is a major geek and all about nerdy shenanigans. He is the author of The Deathday Letter, fml, and the forthcoming The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley. He can be reached at shaun@shaundavidhutchinson.com. He currently lives in South Florida with his partner and dog and watches way too much Doctor Who.

Auto-Buy Authors | Top 10 Tuesday [6]

Top-10-TuesdayHey guys!

Welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday weekly fun on my blog! Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. If you want to join in the fun, hop on over to their blog to see what it’s all about!

This week’s topic is Top 10 Auto-Buy Authors. There are only a select few authors who I absolutely love their work and as it stands presently, will also buy whatever they put out. Some of these authors could literally put one word in the book and I will still buy it. I’m serious.

Check out who made my list:


10. Marissa Meyer

Marissa MeyerI have a lot hate relationship with her books, but I just can’t stop buying them. I crave to know what happens next in the Lunar Chronicles. I just hope that her future books as just as frustratingly good!


9. Rainbow Rowell

Author 14You can’t help but love the stories she writes. Eleanor and Park, Fangirl, and soon to come out Carry On, gimme them all!!

I also want to read her other older novels. So yeah gimme gimme gimme.


8. Sandra Waugh

Author 16So she only has one book published, but hot damn I need them all! Lark Rising (Guardians of Tarnec) was off the wall good! Why must I wait a whole year in between books? Oh the torture!!

Silver Eve, I am patiently waiting here for you!


7. Becky Albertalli

View More: http://thedecisivemoment.pass.us/becky-headshotsAfter reading Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda I knew she was my new favorite author! I just couldn’t get over the cuteness overload from that book!

Please please gimme more books!


6. Pierce Brown

Author 10Can we just appreciate his face for a second? *fans self*

Ok, back to business. Red Rising was so thrilling that I can’t wait to continue with the series and buy everything he puts out in the future. That includes his phone number. (I’m not a creepy stalker, I swear!)


5. A.G. Howard

Author 15Another addiction of mine is Splintered! I loved how dark and creepy her Alice in Wonderland retelling was. I think I have her novella coming out in January on pre-order…. so yeah. *throws my money away*


4. Shaun David Hutchinson

author1Yes I did love The 5 Stages of Andrew Brawley. So yes I will buy anything he puts on the shelves. Can we talk about his upcoming sci-fi, LGBT, contemporary coming out in 2016?? Just take all my money now.


3. Marie Lu

Author 17Loved her Legend trilogy and I’m loving her Young Elites series so far! If she can end it like she did with Legend so perfectly, then she will forever be taking my money!


2. Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. MaasROWANNNNNNNNNNNNNN, TAMLINNNNNNNNNNNNNN. Enough said. Here’s my money, bye.


1. Morgan Rhodes

Morgan RhodesThe Queen has arrived! Basically she can produce gibberish on a page and I’ll be first in line to get my hands on it. Falling Kingdoms is hands down my all time forever and ever favorite series. I think I actually own both the paperback and hardcovers of all the books that come in them. I’m that serious about this series.


Well there you have it. The Top 10 Auto-Buy Authors. Let me know what you guys think of my list and share with me which authors are on your auto-buy list!

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3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge | Day 2

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Hey guys!

Welcome back to Day 2 of my 3 Day, 3 Quotes Challenge!

I was tagged by Valerie over @ Little Dutch Bookshop. Thanks for tagging me! You guys should check her out, she’s awesome!

For those of you who don’t know, here are the rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you.

2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).

3. Nominate 3 new bloggers each day.

Quote for Day 2

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“Being punished doesn’t mean you should miss out on being LOVED.”

The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley – Shaun David Hutchinson

No matter the hardships that push you down in life, always know that there is always someone out there that loves you. When I came out in high school, I thought the world would collapse on me. I was punishing myself for not having control over what I was. It wasn’t until I realized that my family still loved and supported me, that I stopped punishing myself and started embracing who I really was. So the next time you think you want to go down and tap out of your life, remember the people that love and care for you.

Well there you have it, my second quote of the challenge. I hope you enjoyed and leave a comment if you connect with this quote.

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Characters Who Are Booknerds | Top 10 Tuesday [4]

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Hey guys!

Welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday weekly fun on my blog! Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. If you want to join in the fun, hop on over to their blog to see what it’s all about!

This week’s topic is Characters Who Are Booknerds. I wasn’t always a big booknerd like I am now. I only really got into reading books avidly last year. Before then I would just read a book whenever I went on vacation, or only on the weekends, only amounting to a few books a year. But since being introduced to the Book Blogging/Booktuber community, you can never find me without a book. If I don’t have a physical book with me, I have my tablet with my e-books on it. I always thought being a booknerd was lame, but now I can’t get enough books.

So without further ado, here is my list:

10. Park from Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and ParkIf you’ve read Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, then you know how big of a comic book/graphic novel nerd Park is. There are all types of different booknerds, and as a avid comic book reader myself, I do believe it belongs in this topic!


9. Julian from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red QueenEven though Julian is a side character, he plays a big part in Mare’s time becoming a silver. He is the only one that truly appreciates books and book learning in the story. While everyone is all about their powers and strengths, he relies on information and education!


8. Hazel from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

11870085For obvious reasons I have included Hazel in this list because if you’ve read The Fault in Our Stars then you know her favorite book plays a huge part in the storyline. Without it, we miss out on so many good scenes from the story.


7. Spencer or Aria from Pretty Little Liars by Sara Sheperd

Pretty Little LiarsIt’s been a really long time since the last time I read this book, but I’m pretty sure Spencer was the academic book nerd, or was it Aria? Maybe Spencer was the academic know it all and Aria was the actually booknerd who just truly loves reading? Correct me if I’m wrong!


6. Alexia from Soulless by Gail Carriger

SoullessIt’s stated many times in the book that Alexia finds the most comfort when she is in the library. She also happens to be a very well read Lady in her era where many of the women are solely focused on getting married and fashion trends.


5. Hermoine from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneDo I even have to explain this one? Anyone who is anyone on this planet knows how much of a bookworm Hermoine is. Whether you’ve read the series or watched the movies you know this. Always getting good grades, lecturing Harry and Ron about school habits, and always the first to suggest doing research in the library’s restricted section!


4. Prince Dorian from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of MidnightThis one and the next one go hand in hand together. Prince Dorian has numerous books in his possession, even lending Celaena some from his personal collection. It’s one of the biggest common interest that both of them have together.


3. Celaena from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of GlassLike I said above Celaena also makes the list. Her love for books is widely expressed in the story as well as her love for smutty romance novels. She is a night reader like myself. Always reading well into the night right before passing out!


2. Andrew from The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson

The Five Stages of Andrew BrawleyNot only is he creating his own graphic novel in the confines of his little storage closet he calls a home, but he is also caught reading some classic literature to Rusty on his hospital bed. It was a very touching element to have them bond over after such a tragedy.


1. Becca from A Book of Spirits and Thieves

A Book of Spirits and ThievesProbably the biggest book nerd on the list! Her mom owns a cool book shop in downtown Toronto, where she spends most of her time with her face in a book or working. She even gets sucked into a book that brings her to an alternated world! Now if only that could happen to me. For real. This needs to happen now.


Well there you have it. The Top 10 Characters Who Are Booknerds. Let me know what you guys think of my list and share with me which books you’ve read that have booknerd characters in them!!

Until next time,

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Books About Diversity | Top 10 Tuesday [3]

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Hey guys!

Welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday weekly fun on my blog! Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. If you want to join in the fun, hop on over to their blog to see what it’s all about!

This week’s topic is Books About Diversity. Now diversity to me means, a book that either has characters from different cultural backgrounds, a book with characters that are apart of the LGBTQ community, or a book that explores different types of complex situations like mental health, sexual orientation etc. So without further ado, here is my list:

10. None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

None of the AboveWhat if everything you knew about yourself changed in an instant?

When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She’s a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she’s madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she’s decided that she’s ready to take things to the next level with him.

But Kristin’s first time isn’t the perfect moment she’s planned—something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy “parts.”

Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin’s entire identity is thrown into question. As her world unravels, can she come to terms with her new self?

9. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

More Happy Than NotIn the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.

Why does happiness have to be so hard?

8. Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout

Hello I Love YouGrace Wilde is running—from the multi-million dollar mansion her record producer father bought, the famous older brother who’s topped the country music charts five years in a row, and the mother who blames her for her brother’s breakdown. Grace escapes to the farthest place from home she can think of, a boarding school in Korea, hoping for a fresh start.

She wants nothing to do with music, but when her roommate Sophie’s twin brother Jason turns out to be the newest Korean pop music superstar, Grace is thrust back into the world of fame. She can’t stand Jason, whose celebrity status is only outmatched by his oversized ego, but they form a tenuous alliance for the sake of her friendship with Sophie. As the months go by and Grace adjusts to her new life in Korea, even she can’t deny the sparks flying between her and the KPOP idol.

Soon, Grace realizes that her feelings for Jason threaten her promise to herself that she’ll leave behind the music industry that destroyed her family. But can Grace ignore her attraction to Jason and her undeniable pull of the music she was born to write? Sweet, fun, and romantic, this young adult novel explores what it means to experience first love and discover who you really are in the process.

7. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

CinderHumans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

6. Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg

Openly StraightRafe is a normal teenager from Boulder, Colorado. He plays soccer. He’s won skiing prizes. He likes to write.

And, oh yeah, he’s gay. He’s been out since 8th grade, and he isn’t teased, and he goes to other high schools and talks about tolerance and stuff. And while that’s important, all Rafe really wants is to just be a regular guy. Not that GAY guy. To have it be a part of who he is, but not the headline, every single time.

So when he transfers to an all-boys’ boarding school in New England, he decides to keep his sexuality a secret — not so much going back in the closet as starting over with a clean slate. But then he sees a classmate break down. He meets a teacher who challenges him to write his story. And most of all, he falls in love with Ben . . . who doesn’t even know that love is possible.

This witty, smart, coming-out-again story will appeal to gay and straight kids alike as they watch Rafe navigate feeling different, fitting in, and what it means to be himself.

5. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and ParkTwo misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

4. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

My Heart and Other Black HolesSixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness.

There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution: a teen boy with the username FrozenRobot (aka Roman) who’s haunted by a family tragedy is looking for a partner.

Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together. Except that Roman may not be so easy to convince.

3. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright PlacesTheodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

2. The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson

The Five Stages of Andrew BrawleyAndrew Brawley was supposed to die that night. His parents did, and so did his sister, but he survived.

Now he lives in the hospital. He serves food in the cafeteria, he hangs out with the nurses, and he sleeps in a forgotten supply closet. Drew blends in to near invisibility, hiding from his past, his guilt, and those who are trying to find him.

Then one night Rusty is wheeled into the ER, burned on half his body by hateful classmates. His agony calls out to Drew like a beacon, pulling them both together through all their pain and grief. In Rusty, Drew sees hope, happiness, and a future for both of them. A future outside the hospital, and away from their pasts.

But Drew knows that life is never that simple. Death roams the hospital, searching for Drew, and now Rusty. Drew lost his family, but he refuses to lose Rusty, too, so he’s determined to make things right. He’s determined to bargain, and to settle his debts once and for all.

But Death is not easily placated, and Drew’s life will have to get worse before there is any chance for things to get better.

1. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens AgendaSixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

Well there you have it. The Top 10 Books About Diversity. Let me know what you guys think of my list and share with me which books you liked that are diverse!

Until next time,

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