For This Life Only by Stacey Kade ~ Review

For This Life Only by 
Hardcover320 pages
Expected publication: August 30th 2016 
by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: ARC Provided by Publisher
Rating: 3 Out of 5 Stars


A young man struggles to move forward after the death of his twin brother in this gripping, coming-of-age tale about loss, redemption, love, and the moment you begin to see the world differently.

Three minutes.

Jacob Palmer died for three life-changing minutes.

And when he woke up, nothing was the same. Elijah, his twin brother, is dead, and his family is broken. Jace’s planned future is crushed, along with his pitching arm. Everyone keeps telling him that Eli’s in a better place, but Jace isn’t so sure. Because in those three minutes, there was nothing.

Overwhelmed by guilt and doubt, Jace struggles to adjust to this new version of the world, one without his brother, one without the certainties he once relied on. And then Thera comes into his life.

She’s the last girl he should be turning to for help.

But she’s also the first person to truly see him.


Thank you Simon and Schuster for sending me a copy of For This Life Only. This in no way affected my opinion.

I was so excited for this book. I do not read many contemporaries but I wanted this one due to being a twin I thought it would grip my heart strings and tear me apart. However that did not happen. I wanted to feel more then I did. I felt Eli and Jace's relationship dynamics were spot on for twins as far as the conflicting feelings of not being the good one. Twins go through struggles for their own identity. 

I wanted to feel Jace's loss but sadly I did not. I finally teared up at the very end. If I had lost my twin I would be a wreck and I would never be whole again. While I felt that was expressed in words I did not feel the emotions Jace went through. I felt a disconnect in his character. I think Stacey's writing was fantastic this however is something personal to me as a twin. I think contemporary fans however will love this story and route for Jace along the way.

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About the Author:

As an award-winning corporate copywriter, Stacey Kade has written about everything from backhoe loaders to breast pumps. But she prefers to make things up instead.

She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, Greg, and two retired racing greyhounds, SheWearsThePants (Pansy) and Shutter. When she’s not reading or writing, you’ll likely find her parked in front of the television catching up on her favorite shows (Scandal, The Vampire Diaries, Almost Human, The Walking Dead, and Sherlock, among others.)

Stacey is the author of the The Ghost and the Goth trilogy (THE GHOST AND THE GOTH, QUEEN OF THE DEAD, and BODY & SOUL) and The Project Paper Doll Series (THE RULES and THE HUNT). You can find her (far too often) on Facebook and Twitter as well as


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