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Meet David Hart, an eighteen-year-old recent homeschooled high-school graduate with a fondness for video games, books, music, and watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune with his nana. Unlike most guys his age, David also has a personal assistant, guardian/attorney, and doctor on speed dial because David was born with a congenital insensitivity to pain (CIPA), a rare neurological disorder that severely limits life expectancy. In Painless, S. A. Harazin chronicles David’s quest to check items off his bucket list while living life to the fullest.

Unable to feel physical pain or discomfort, David has always been an outcast and recluse, needing reminders to use the restroom, check body temperature, and be alert for cuts, broken bones, or burns, but when enigmatic Luna takes over as his personal assistant, he kicks his plans into high gear, starting with a road trip to track down his missing parents. David, who can’t produce tears, is sure to evoke both laughter and sobs in this emotional yet practical look at what it means to feel pain, whether the suffering is physical, mental, solitary, or shared.

Reviewed by Pallas Gates McCorquodale

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