Today I am joining the blog tour for The Momentous Expiration of Tremmy Sinclair by Michael F Stewart. Many thanks to Michael for providing me with a copy of the book, and to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me to join the tour.
Seventeen years old. Rich. Hot. Captain of the Drone War team. Head prefect of a surreally elite boarding school. Tremmy is dying.
His illness strips everything from him-including the support of his teachers and friends who once nurtured his bright future. Worst of all, his best friend’s meteoric rise has come at the expense of Tremmy’s spectacular fall. Far from going out with the bang he’d hoped for, Tremmy faces betrayal.
But his illness has the power to expose the best as well as the worst of his school, his friends, and himself. Tremmy sets out to prove that the community he loves has to overcome its fear of death in order to truly begin to live. And Tremmy receive the momentous end he so fervently desires.
Trigger Warnings: Although Young Adult, this novel is recommended for ages 16+ due to profanity, mature themes, and sexuality. It contains subjects such as suicide, death, illness, medical assistance in dying, sexual assault, and racism. I approach these subjects with sensitivity and careful research, but they are part of the story.
It’s hard to know where to start with this book. You wouldn’t necessarily expect a book where the chapters are counted down in “Days to Demise,” and where the outcome for the main character is known from the start to be funny or life affirming, but somehow The Momentous Expiration of Tremmy Sinclair manages to be both. Of course, there are sections that brought tears to my eyes, or made me stop to ponder the bigger messages contained in the book as well, all of which add up to make this a very powerful read.
From the outset, Tremmy and his friends are not characters who are easy to like. These teens make the Upper East Siders of Gossip Girl look poor, and boy, do they know how to use every inch of their privilege to the best advantage. They indulge in some seriously questionable behaviour, and I get the distinct impression that pre-diagnosis, Tremmy would have been right there with them. However, Tremmy’s prognosis leads him to reassess everything he knows, and with the help of Margot and Audra (both of whom I absolutely loved), he goes through a rapid metamorphosis of character which gives me hope that it is never too late for anyone to address any changes they may need to make in their lives. I thoroughly enjoyed the immense character growth that Tremmy goes through, and the chance to catch a glimpse of the man he could have been.
The Momentous Expiration of Tremmy Sinclair is a thoughtful reflection on the euthanasia argument as well as real coming of age story. I would highly recommend it to YA fans of all ages.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Michael F. Stewart is an award-winning author of many books for young people in various genres, including Ray Vs. the Meaning of Life and Heart Sister (Fall 2020, Orca Books).
Michael lives in Ottawa.
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