Xander Maze loves lists and his grandmother is #1 on his list of People I Love Most in the World.
Nanna loves making lists too. She’s completed everything she’s ever listed, every year, except for one: to see Xander happy. After being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, she tells Xander that creating his own list will be her cure.
Can a new list of 100 Remarkable Feats really save her? Particularly when his list contains difficult things like #2 Make a Friend and #3 Make a Best Friend. And let’s not forget #10 Kiss a Girl – preferably Ally Collins, AKA the girl of Xander’s dreams.
What a way to tug at my heartstrings! 100 Remarkable Feats of Xander Maze by Clayton Zane Comber is a funny, moving story, with a protagonist you can’t help but fall in love with. It’s heartbreaking yet heart-warming, and as an avid list-maker myself, it was exactly my cup of tea.
What stuck with me most is when Nanna tells Xander that the list must comprise of any act, small or large, that was remarkable to him and would change his life for the better. A task any reader can benefit from – I know I certainly did.
I remember being Xander’s ripe age of sixteen; when you’re in the thick of finding out who you are and everything seems a little uncertain. I wish I had a list like this at sixteen. My lists these days comprise of day-to-day tasks and short-term goals, but after reading this, I’m inspired to write a list about what I want to get out of life – and I have Nanna and Xander to thank for that.
This book is about defying the odds, not accepting the unacceptable, and one boy’s unconditional love for his nanna. I recommend it for YA readers of all ages. #100 on Xander’s list was my favourite, but I think it’s best you read the book to discover what it is and find out if he achieves it.