Review | The Sharp Knife of a Short Life by Sarah Riad

Rating: 5/5 stars

You’d think a book about a teenage girl diagnosed with AML would scare me away, right? Apparently not. It’s torturous reading a book when you know the outcome. It takes away the maybe, the what if, the mystery. There’s no use hoping. There’s no point in denying the fact that this teenage girl, who deserves so much more time than what she’s given, is going to die.

I was impressed and speechless when I realized that this was Riad’s debut. The Sharp Knife of a Short Life is an unforgettable, heartbreaking story that puts everything around you in perspective. I wish that it didn’t take a book about death to put things in perspective, but it does. It forces you to think about your own life, even while Darcey’s losing hers.

Time plays the lead role in this book.

Surely, we’ve all read books involving cancer, haven’t we? Just the thought of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars makes me cry. Kim Holden’s Bright Side destroyed me repeatedly, yet I still read it every year. Well Sarah Riad’s The Sharp Knife of a Short Life is a different story with a similar outcome.

This is Darcey’s journey. I desperately wanted to see what kind of teen she was after being given life-changing news. Would she give up? How would the rest of her life play out? How big of a toll would it take on her twin brother, or her mother and baby sister?

There are many characters in this book, but none of them glue the pages together quite like Death.

Death is on her side, though. Literally. But in this story we call him Noah.

Noah’s Death and he’s here to collect Darcey.


If you love Young Adult books, then I highly recommend this book!

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