Wednesday, June 10, 2015

PAINLESS by S.A. Harazin

PainlessAgainst all odds, David Hart is still alive.  At age seventeen, he has lived longer than anyone ever expected.  David was diagnosed with CIPA, a congenital insensitivity to pain. 

David was abandoned by his mother shortly after his birth, and not long after that, his father, not ready for the immense responsibility of raising a child with this unusual condition, left David with his grandparents.  Growing up for David meant continuous monitoring since even a minor injury could result in a life-threatening situation.  Unable to sense outside temperature variations could cause David's internal temperature to spike or plummet resulting in seizures and even death if untreated.  For David breaking a bone cause absolutely no pain, so walking for days on a broken leg left David with a permanent limb and required him to walk with a cane. 

Playing with other children was a challenge when bumps and bruises threatened.  David also found it difficult to understand when others suffered pain.  All these concerns left David living a very protected life, but he is realizing at seventeen that he wants to experience what others take for granted.

When a longtime friend and companion announces he is leaving for college, a new trainee must be hired.  Meeting the new replacement, Luna, changes life for David.  She is fresh and interesting and challenges him to expand his limited world.  He embarks on completing a bucket list he never thought he had the courage to attempt in the past.

Author S.A. Harazin incorporates her medical knowledge as a registered nurse into David's unique story.  Readers will sense the loneliness and frustration David experiences as he tries to negotiate life as a normal teenager.  Each challenge and setback is filled with emotion and reveals David's ultimate determination to live life to its fullest.

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