The Brilliant Light of Amber Sunrise

Matthew Crow (Author)


Life threatening cancer brings two teens together in this "story about moving through the trajectory of illness and loss and then beyond it" (Bulletin, starred review) in the bestselling tradition of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars.

Francis is determined to forge his own way in school and life despite his loony, awkward, broken family...and noticeable lack of friends. Then he is diagnosed with leukemia. It wasn't part of his strategy, but there are moments when he can see the upside. After all, people are nice to you when you're sick.

While in the hospital, Francis meets Amber. She's outspoken and sarcastic, and Francis falls for her almost immediately. Together, they take on the other cancer ward patients, overbearing mothers, and treatments with a positive attitude and lively wit.

But Francis's recovery is taking a different path from Amber's. He's actually getting better. And although he knew who he was before cancer, before Amber, now he has no idea how to live--or how to let go...

Product Details

Simon Pulse
Publish Date
March 10, 2015
5.8 X 1.1 X 8.5 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Matthew Crow was born in North Shields in 1987. During his teens, Matthew moved to London to work freelance writing articles and reviews for online blogs, magazines and national newspapers. Matthew quickly secured a literary agent and his debut novel Ashes was published by Legend Press in 2010. Matthew is one of the most exciting young authors on the literary circuit. He currently lives in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.


"Some writers are just born . . . begin enjoying Matthew Crow now."--Jonathan Trigell, author of "Boy A "
"Even in its dark moments there is humour. 'The last thing I needed on days like this was to see someone else as bald and miserable as I was, ' says Francis, who shows us that we are most alive when we're in love."--The Telegraph
STARRED REVIEW: "Crow's first young adult novel is a splendid success."--VOYA
STARRED REVIEW: "A story about moving through the trajectory of illness and loss and then beyond it, to a happy adulthood where the lives of those who didn't survive still matter very much indeed."--The Bulletin