Book Club: The Cast Chapters 16-18

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Welcome to the comments and discussion of the Young Adult Cancer Book Club! We are reading The Cast by Amy Blumenfeld! Catch up on Chapters 1-2, Chapters 3-4Chapters 5-6, Chapters 7-8,  Chapters 9-10, and Chapters 11-12, and Chapters 13-15! Read participant reactions and follow along with us each week as we read through the book. Caution, spoilers below!

Week 8: Chapters 16, 17, and 18

By Rachel G.:

I have to be honest. I only read the blurb on the back of the book before requesting my copy and therefore didn’t know much about the book, so I was absolutely prepared to not like this book once I started reading it. Throw the words “Hodgkins Lymphoma” in a sentence, and it’s just about enough to make me want to tune out since that was my particular brand of cancer. HOWEVER, I was more than pleasantly surprised and moved by reading this book. I read it in one sitting and in about three hours.

Now, to get to my assigned section of chapters sixteen through eighteen. Our lives are comprised of so many different relationships, whether they’re the ones we’re born into or the ones we make for ourselves, and I believe that the weekend at Jordana’s had to have been fortuitous timing in repairing the friendship between her and Holly and the relationship between Becca and Nolan. That time spent in the ER between Holly, Adam, and Jordana allowed them to heal some connections that would ultimately lead to friendships Holly would need in the very immediate future and would have no way of predicting. Holly was also able to welcome Nolan into the group, which was pretty cool.

In our next blog post, look for the comments and discussion on chapters 19, 20, and 21!


We will talk about a few chapters each Monday until the book is done. If Monday happens to be a holiday, then the post will publish on Tuesday. Once we finish the book, we’ll use one more Monday to talk about general feelings from the book and anything else you’d like to discuss. We’ll also have a video chat book club discussion at the end! Join in, in the comments every week! Also, there will probably be spoilers so read along with us! Excited about the young adult cancer book club? Have any suggestions for future reads? Let us know!