50 HOURS is a powerful, uplifting story about hope, friendship, love, courage, and the amazing resiliency of the human spirit.
Franco’s life changed the moment he served his 50 hours community service at Savannah Falls Hospice. Before that, he was an angry man who grieved his wife’s death, especially on the day of her death anniversary. When he arrived at the hospice, he was determined to keep his head down and finish his service so he could get on with his life. But the moment he heard a woman (Aubrey) being bullied, he couldn’t help but go to her aid, despite it being unwanted and could potentially get himself in trouble (entering a resident’s room is against the rules).
Basically, Franco is a nice, decent guy with principles, and the more he interacts with the hospice’s residents, the more this shines through. I think seeing the residents there changed him–after all, his problems couldn’t be bigger than theirs. Especially Aubrey. They have this connection–not of lovers, but of the best friend type where one knew the other person inside and out.
Aubrey is truly an admirable person. Because of cancer, she lost her job, her home, her husband (douche bag ex, so I say, good riddance). But she didn’t let it get her down. Instead, she went on fighting to live and to make her dream come true.
The author described the different kinds of people who lived in the hospice and their different reactions to the disease or whatever terminal illness afflicted them. If you think about it, the people went there to die, and it’s such a bleak thing to realize. Yet, death has a way also of drawing people closer, because it purges away the things that are insignificant and leaves only those that are important. For example, in the case of Aubrey, she hates the way her mom nags at her, yet she didn’t want to fight with her about it anymore because who knows how much more time she has left? So Aubrey just lets it go. Or how her mom, toward the end, in deference in Aubrey’s wishes, did as her daughter wanted and even made peace with that person.
I guarantee that 50 HOURS will leave its mark on you, and make you ponder life, time, and how you should appreciate and treasure the people around you.
Rating: 5 stars
Franco Allessi is a broken, lonely man who wants nothing more than to outrun the ghosts of his past. For years, he tries to numb the pain of his wife’s death with cheap beer and whiskey. When he’s convicted of drunk driving, the judge revokes his license for six months and orders him to serve fifty hours of community service. Franco chooses Savannah Falls Hospice for no reason other than it’s walking distance from his dilapidated house trailer. On his first day on the job, he meets Aubrey Brewer, a woman whose time on earth is quickly ticking to a stop. Their unusual connection teaches powerful, life-changing lessons about friendship, acceptance, and the importance of appreciating that precious treasure called Life.