Tick to the Tock by Matthew Turner
Publication date: January 8th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Dante King is a young twenty something who discovers he’s dying. He won’t live to see his next birthday and time is ticking away to live life before it’s taken from him. With the help of his eccentric and wild-free friend, Wilbur Day, and stubbornly rational cousin, Ethan Knight, the three friends embark on a trip that takes them across Europe, Asia, Australia and beyond.
Dante clings to his past though and the many regrets he has, yearning for acceptance and finally understanding faith. He’s only loved once, and when Daniella Adams comes back in to his life, the pair realise how in love they are – but must battle what they previously did to one another.
This is a heart pulling journey of amazing scenery and adventurous ways, but built on a life that is soon to end. It follows the love of Danii and Dante, finally realising how much they mean to each other but having it ripped away before their eyes. It’s about love and hardship between friends, family, and a dying son’s regret of not being better.
It’s a roller coaster ride of laughs and tears and making the most of life before it’s too late.
Book Review ~ 'Tick to the Tock' by Matthew Turner ~ 5 Stars!
There are some books that stay with you for a long time after you finish reading them. ‘Tick to the Tock’ is up there with the best of them with the author succeeding in creating an emotional, intriguing, engaging, heartwarming and spiritual story about a young man having to come to accept his mortality at an age where he should be embracing the start of the rest of his life.
‘Tick to the Tock’ tells Dante King’s story as he travels the world with his closest friends after receiving news that he has an inoperable brain tumour and has only a few months to live. I adored Matthew Turner’s very poignant writing style with his narrative voice created to be realistic and sometimes blunt that brilliantly reflects Dante’s dilemma as he comes to terms with the very real pain that comes with accepting his life as a dying man.
The characters in this novel were such so engaging and relatable, not created to be perfect, loveable sidekicks, but to mirror human beings whose flaws are brought out in the stress that they experience whilst watching their friend deteriorate before their eyes, and being unable to do anything to help. I loved that I didn’t connect to Dante’s girlfriend Danni straight away. As strange as it sounds it made me appreciate Matthew Turner’s style more as he had me conflicted when I began to warm to Danni, despite feeling bitter about her treatment of Dante early in the book when he told her of his illness. He created conflict for the reader in a clever, subtle way that connected me to the story on a deeper level, as though every part of the story was being unconsciously imprinted in my mind.
Seeing Dante’s travels and experiences as he awaits the end of his life was heartbreaking, as well as being a real eye-opener. It reminded me to experience life to the full. For a week after reading this book I felt this heaviness in my heart at the reminder of my own mortality, and felt a burning desire to go out and experience the world I live in, and to make the most of every day I’ve been given.
There’s one of Dante’s memories that particularly resonated with me. Dante muses on his inability to take what he wants, and how in the past he wished he’d been brave enough to go after something that he wanted. We see Dante’s memory of the connection he shared with a girl who sat opposite him on the train, and he laments what could have been more confident and spoken to her. It gives a real insight into the real world and the connections we make with strangers.
This was a heartbreaking, yet beautiful tale which will stay with me forever and will always be there at the back of my mind to remind me to appreciate the good, move on from the bad and live everyday like it’s your last.
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What would you do if you had three months to live? That’s what Dante King faces, the indecisive twenty-two-year-old who must finally learn to embrace life and love.
Tick to the Tock is a Contemporary New Adult Novel about Dante coming-of-age during turbulent times. A story inspired by love, but with the gritty realities of regret, missed opportunity, and understanding life’s meaning under dire circumstance. But a single mind isn’t affected on this journey, as an eclectic group comes to terms with the past, present, and what lies ahead.
Dante must confront and accept his fate, but can he let go of Danni: his lost love and kindred dreamer? With his rationally stubborn cousin, and eccentric best friend, Dante witnesses a life of dream and wonder: embarking across Europe, tackling Tibet, travelling Australia, and defeating each lifelong wish one-by-one.
Follow this coming-of-age roller coaster as four lives change forever. We’re only given one, but it’s never too late to understand faith, discover acceptance, and uncover the true meaning of love and happiness. Dante will die, but not before Danii, Ethan, Wilbur and he undertake an intense and heartfelt journey.
Smile… Cry… Ask yourself what you would do with three months left… Because Love & Living Begins Now.
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