Dessert First

About The Book

"Dessert First is a beautiful novel about breaking and mending, what we lose and how we try to save. Kat's story is moving and bittersweet, and I couldn't put it down." --Ally Condie, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Matched trilogy and Summerlost

Upbeat--that's Kat, the girl in the family who everyone turns to when things get difficult. Especially now, when her beloved younger brother Beep is in his second leukemia relapse, and a bone marrow transplant from Kat may be his only chance.

But Kat's worried that she and her bone marrow may not be up to the job: She can't even complete homework, and she's facing other rejection--lost friendships, a lost spot on the soccer team, and lots of heartache from her crush on her former best friend, Evan. Kat doesn't know if her bone marrow will save Beep, or whether she can save herself, let alone keep her promise to Beep that she'll enjoy life and always eat dessert first.

Dessert First is a funny, moving story about coping, appreciating sweetness, and learning to forgive.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (September 2, 2016)
  • Length: 256 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781440594557
  • Ages: 14 - 18

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Raves and Reviews

"A sweet, sorrowful, and simply divine debut novel that teens will be sinking their teeth into. This wonderful story...will be a hit with fans of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars and Jesse Andrews's Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" --School Library Journal

"Kat is wise, dependable, and loving, a beautifully realized character.... [A] deeply moving tragedy." --Kirkus Reviews

"A funny, moving story about coping, appreciating sweetness and learning to forgive." --TeenReads.com

"Teenage life is hard...especially when your kid brother is in his second leukemia relapse and your bone marrow might be his only chance at survival. Detailing the mishaps of growing up with a believable and heartbreaking tragedy, Dean Gloster's newest tale will definitely pull at your heart strings." --Brit+Co

“It is profound, heartbreaking, and offers hope, a bit of humor, and growth throughout. Teens will remember Kat’s complicated character and this multi-layered look at life, death, family, and love.”

– VOYA Magazine

“Kat's little brother, Beep, is dying of leukemia. Kat's … pervasive grief and guilt are intensely rendered and certainly tear-jerking.”

– The Horn Book Guide

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