Posted by Lisa Schroeder on Wednesday, October 5, 2011
From the publisher's web site:
I take the bees outside, unscrew the lid of the bee jar, and listen to the angry buzzing. "I hate you," I whisper.
Lily's mother has slowly been losing herself to multiple sclerosis. After traditional treatment fails, she uses bee sting therapy, administered by Lily, to alleviate her pain. Lily is trained as a veterinary assistant, so she can easily handle the treatments. What she can't handle is what happens when the bee sting therapy fails and it becomes clear that her mom wants to die.
One beautiful spring day, Lily's mother asks her for the most impossible thing of all—mercy. While navigating first love, friendship, and the other normal worries faced by high school sophomores, Lily also has to choose: help her mom go, or cling to her fading life for all it's worth.
I'm so excited to read this book. It tackles a subject I think I've only seen one other time, and even then it was quite different (WALKING ON GLASS by Alma Fullerton, if you're curious).
Kristi, aka The Story Siren, had this to say: "A beautifully written and heart-wrenching story about friendship, love, and finding the courage to let go. Lily's strength and soul make her a character that you won't soon forget."
VOYA said this in its review: "Teen readers will find this novel both affecting and thought provoking as they identify with Lily's agony and examine their own beliefs."
Lisa Albert grew up in the midwest where she spent many summer afternoons reading at the public library. She is the author of three nonfiction books. This is her first book for young adults.
You can buy MERCY LILY through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or request it through your independent bookstore.