Death Benefits

Death Benefits

Book - 2010
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Royce is pressed into service as caregiver for his ninety-five-year-old grandfather and gradually comes to appreciate the cantankerous old man.
Publisher: Victoria, BC ; Custer, WA : Orca Book Publishers, c2010
ISBN: 9781554692262
Branch Call Number: FICTION HARVEY
Characteristics: 212 p. ; 21 cm


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WhitePineVP May 04, 2012

Teenager lives away from his mother because she wants to be with her older father who is suffering from strokes and asks his grandson to assist his suicide. It is sad when the grandfather dies; once again, there is excessive use of swearing.

Kuikirylia Jan 26, 2012

This was a good book with good characters and a funny situation. It really reminded me of Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino, with the kid taking care of a grumpy old man and everything with the car. In all, a nice, light read I would recommend if you have some free time and you are bored.

staylor13 Jan 23, 2012

When I read this book I thought of last year's Gravity Brings Me Down. Death Benefits seems to hit harder, I think, because of the tension between Arthur and Royce and what Arthur asks him to do. That Royce can't bring himself to help his grandfather is heart-wrenching. I'm just not sure about the "happy" ending.

Alyssa1202 Dec 22, 2011

a good book that i can really relate to.. taking care of someone you don't want to..

Lilagurl Dec 22, 2011

I am reading this book right now and it is interesting. Its not my favorite one I've read but it still has a strong point.

bay88 Dec 22, 2011

This book was well wrtten and it had some funny parts in it. There were some parts that i did not understand but after i read the book alittle bit i understand some it better.

Bobafett29 Dec 22, 2011

A really good read. funny but was
really sad at the end . I recomend this book for people who want to laugh !

Asirac Nov 25, 2011

I loved this book. It was fun, inspirational and a perfect look into the male teenage mind. It's stuffed with drama and comedy that you can't help but smile when you read it. I deffinetly suggest it.

lestrange Nov 22, 2011

This book was totally not a book i would pick to read usually , but it still left me entertained from cover to cover , Amazing read.

Jan 26, 2011

This book is a unique story with characters in circumstances that don't seem to appear in many books. At least, not many that I have read. The story starts of one way and finishes another, and it takes you a long for quite the ride. However, the frequent use of strong language was a bit off-putting and took a while for me to get used to it.


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Jan 24, 2011

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TessaAlex Jan 13, 2012

Royce (aka Rolly) is having a bad year. Not only has his mother dragged him across the country in order to be close to her aged father Arthur, a celebrated cellist, but he's also recovering from mono. When he convinces his mother to let him finish the school year by correspondence, he's left feeling isolated and lonely, and spends his time watching TV and plotting ways to get back to his friends in Nova Scotia. But before his plans can be implemented, his grandfather has a small stroke. Suddenly Arthur needs more care than Royce's mother can provide and, after a couple of hired care aides quit, Royce is pressed into service.
Looking after a ninety-five-year-old—especially one as cantankerous, crafty and stubborn as Arthur—is a challenge. But as Royce gets to know the eccentric old man—who loves the Pussycat Dolls, hates Anderson Cooper and never listens to the kind of music that made him famous—he gradually comes to appreciate that his grandfather's life still has meaning. Even if Arthur himself seems to want it to end.


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