Farewell Tour of a Terminal Optimist

Farewell Tour of a Terminal Optimist by John Young

Connor’s dying, but he’s not dead yet. With unlikely ally Skeates, he sets off on one last wild adventure — a crazy tour across Scotland dodging the police, joy riding and looking for answers. A bold debut novel full of heart, guts and raw emotion.

10 Reviews

Hurstpierpoint College

29th November 2018 at 4:35 pm

I found this book very powerful and moving as it was very hard-hitting and this was a definite page turner. I thought the plot was very well told which gave the unexpected on every page.

Ratton School

29th November 2018 at 11:35 am

Very motivational and moving. A really good book that gives you great insight on what the young boy is going through. A real page turner that you will want to keep reading till the last page.

Ratton School

28th November 2018 at 7:49 am

This book really got to me. Really enjoyed it. I definitely recommend this book.

Ardingly College

19th November 2018 at 4:35 pm

At the beginning it was slow however it became more interesting . Also very funny.
The ending was amazing

Ratton School

6th November 2018 at 7:26 pm

I did enjoy this story, it was moving and emotional. I would recommend it for a book award. It is about this boy called Connor and he has cancer. He doesn’t want to be known as the cancer boy he wants to be known as someone else. He went on a road trip with his friend Skeates when his Mum was away. He forgot to take his meds and the unexpected happened.

Sir Robert Woodard Academy

24th October 2018 at 9:28 am

Farewell Tour of a Terminal Optimist was the first book I read out of the five for the book award. It was full of humour, unexpected relationships and drama. I think it was a brilliant book with a really interesting twist and I thought the whole book was fun but moving. Since it is based on a child suffering from cancer, you’d expect the book to be very sad and tearful.

However, the book isn’t just sad but also includes a lot of humour. The characters are all very different and fun in their own way and I loved seeing the friendship grow between Skeates and Connor. I really think this book was good and I couldn’t stop reading it. I cannot wait to see John Young at the ceremony. It’s going to be a brilliant night.

Sir Robert Woodard Academy

2nd October 2018 at 3:40 pm

A great book full of surprize and excitement. The dramatic scenes add to the sense of family the boy has with his farther. The companionship I think show, even if a person is bulling you they / you can still be friends and have a good time. At the end it is rather touching as the story and the boys life could change and potentially change the ending of the story from a happy ending to a sad one. It is also is filled with exhilaration and shear enjoyment. I would advise this form 9 year olds and above.


24th September 2018 at 3:21 pm

What a great book, funny and moving in equal ways! Really enjoyed it!

Pupil, Brighton College

22nd September 2018 at 1:11 pm

it’s a great book, with an amazing plot twist. I would definitely recommend it for the book award.

Ms L Gladwin

28th August 2018 at 8:01 am

Brilliant moving but funny story read in one sitting! Highly recommend to all!

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