Review! The Kidney Hypothetical by Lisa Yee

kidneyThe Kidney Hypothetical (or how to ruin your life in seven days)
By Lisa Yee
272 pages – ages 12+
Published by Arthur A. Levine Books on March 31, 2015

Synopsis- From GoodReads: “Higgs Boson Bing has seven days left before his perfect high school career is completed. Then it’s on to Harvard to fulfill the fantasy portrait of success that he and his parents have cultivated for the past four years. Four years of academic achievement. Four years of debate championships. Two years of dating the most popular girl in school. It was, literally, everything his parents could have wanted. Everything they wanted for Higgs’s older brother Jeffrey, in fact.

But something’s not right. And when Higgs’s girlfriend presents him with a seemingly innocent hypothetical question about whether or not he’d give her a kidney…the exposed fault lines reach straight down to the foundations of his life…

What I Thought- I dislike teen romance stories. BUT bonus points to the author for having the main character break up with his girlfriend in Chapter Two. 🙂 At first, I wasn’t sure if I’d like this book but I found the story written well and there was enough of a story line to keep me interested. The book is young YA level (reading and content). It is a short read but the story moves along at a good pace and it feels complete when you are done. The characters were well-rounded but parts of the plot seemed a bit unrealistic- Higgs gives up going to Harvard?!? The story overall keeps the reader’s attention and there are some thoughtful moments between Higgs  and Monarch (a girl Higgs befriends after he broke up with his girlfriend). There wasn’t the WOW factor for me in the story to say run to the bookstore to buy it, but it is definitely worth a read.

I give this book 3 out of 5 bookworms.threebooks

Categories: 13+ (YA)

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18 replies

  1. Erik, From the intro blurb, the book sounded promising. But I agree 100% with you, it’s hard to believe anyone would give up Harvard without a legitimate reason. Doesn’t sound like the stakes in the text are believable. Appreciate your honest review.

    • I understand that *slight spoiler* Higgs doesn’t want to be a dentist like his dad, but I still wouldn’t give up Harvard. Change your major, but not give up Harvard. But that’s me. 🙂
      Thank you Ms. Newman! 🙂

  2. I’ve really enjoyed the other Lisa Yee books I’ve read (Warp Speed, Stanford Wong Flunks Big Time, Millicent Min, Girl Genius) but I admit they’re all MG, not YA. I’ve been hearing about this one and I really want to read it. Love the main character’s name!

  3. Good on you Super Erik, for reading outside of your comfort zones!

  4. Teen romance? Yes! Mom likes these kinds of books. Good choice for her, even if it wasn’t the best choice for you, buddy….

    Love and licks,

  5. I don’t take your tough reviews lightly. I’m a-stayin’ away.

  6. I think I’ll stand with Mike on this one, even though he’s a rodent lover. There are too many books to read ones that sound so implausible. Just out of curiosity, what does he choose to do instead of going to Harvard?

  7. That it a great question. What does H. B. B. (great name) do instead of going to HARVARD, for crying out loud? I would love to simply visit the campus. A little surprised you reviewed a YA, but then you are getting older. Love your tough review. These can be hard to write. Good job, kiddo! 🙂

  8. What conundrum for this character who is older than the ones you usually like! The best mystery book I read recently is not a romance; it is a middle grade story; and the accomplished author, Kate Milford kept the parents and other adults in the story as well as creating a great adventure. Did I pique your interest? You should read the Agatha nominated “Greenglass House”!

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