HUNDRED PERCENT CHANCE follows the story of a twenty-year old college student who was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of leukemia while studying overseas in Lancaster, England. He notices -- and then ignores -- a slew of obvious early symptoms, as you might expect from someone at that age so far from home.
This memoir is funny and angry and hopeful and sad and realistic. A coming-of-age story with cancer, set mostly in Seattle of the early nineties, it does not pretend that the path to lasting health comes easily or that a sunny disposition is all you need for everything to work out. It is about much more than just beating cancer: tackling adversity through patience and perseverance, stumbling often and getting back up anyway, leaning on laughter and love and friendship to find a path through the challenges life throws our way.
Brown’s writing is lively and lyrical, with moments of intense description offset by humorous ones ... For those interested in seeing the toll leukemia can take on a young, healthy person, Brown’s account offers the details in searing prose.
An intense, deftly composed cancer narrative.