S. A. Harazin Painless

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David has congenital insensitivity to pain with anhydrosis―or CIPA for short. One of only a handful of people in the world who suffer from CIPA, David can't do the things every teenager does. He might accidentally break a limb and not know it. If he stands too close to a campfire, he could burn his skin and never feel it. When David's legal guardian tells him that he needs to move into an assisted living facility, David is determined to prove him wrong. He creates a bucket list, meets a girl with her own wish list, and then sets out to find the parents who abandoned him years ago. All David wants to do is grow old, beat the odds, find love, travel the world, and see something spectacular. While he still can.

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S. A. Harazin is a writer and registered nurse. Her young adult novel, Blood Brothers, was an Edgar Allen Poe award nominee. She lives in Georgia.

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Gr 8 Up—Despite a condition called "CIPA" that leaves him unable to feel pain or regulate his body temperature, David Hart is no stranger to trauma. At 17—already 14 years longer than he was ever expected to live—he's lost his parents, his grandmother is failing fast, and he's on the cusp of losing his freedom. While his guardian tries to convince him that he'd be safest in an assisted-living home, David, along with his new friend and assistant, decides that it's time to create a bucket list and start living his life. The protagonist is well developed with authentic adolescent emotions regarding the difficult hand he's been dealt. Luna, his assistant, is less fleshed-out: readers learn more about her history in the last chapter of the book than in the previous 200 pages. The remaining characters are even sketchier, seemingly having little purpose besides rescuing David or throwing obstacles in his path. Most of the problems that arise are solved with convenient outside intervention. Despite these flaws, however, this novel is a quick and engaging read. Teens will keep turning pages to learn if David completes his bucket list, ends up in a home, or gets the girl. They ultimately will learn, along with David, that a life without pain also means a life without pleasure and that some experiences are worth the risks. VERDICT Recommended for most fiction collections.—Karen E. Brooks-Reese, Summit Pierce County Library, Tacoma, WA

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