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The one comfort that has been in her life was her childhood friend, Jeremiah. Her path takes her in and out of different careers, different cities, and even in and out of the lives of different men but never does she desire to settle down, never feels really safe.
The moments growing up when her father would surprise her with kindness and love and then turn on her with hatred have her never trusting anyone including herself. This story culminates with an event that you would think would put end to Harley's fears but it causes her to finally face them.
Very good book
The Boots My Mother Gave Me is about how one girl sets out to find herself only to lose herself along the way. It's about her imperfect journey to overcome her childhood in an abusive home and to find her way back to where she's always belonged.
Some stories make imprints on your heart. They leave you with the feeling that you've just learned a really important life lesson and you need to store it away safely so you can think back on it when life gets tough. The Boots My Mother Gave me is that story. First of all, I just want to say that I thought the writing was incredible. Brooklyn James really dug deep and stole my heart, no doubt! I feel like I know the main character, Harley, inside and out.
"Strange how completely adequte a person looks on paper, yet how inadequate they feel inside."
I connected with Harley in so many ways. From her need to get away and be her own person to her desire to be something more and find that thing that makes her tick, I got her. This is a story for the patient readers out there. Readers that are looking for a story with a little more to it than romance. It's mostly a self discovery read with a romance in the background. That said, Jeremiah Johnson is very much present in the book in Harley's thoughts and throughout her life, but you'll have to be patient because Harley is on the run. It takes her awhile to figure out what she wants, and you need to be willing to ride that journey out with her when you pick up this book.
When do you just give up on someone? That's the big question with Harley and her dad. She grew up in an abusive home and had to play the role of adult for most of her childhood. I felt like she spent so much time being the adult growing up that when she finally broke away, she had to have some time to be young and actually grow up herself. She's spent so much time detaching herself emotionally from anything and everything around her that she has to learn to flip that switch again and actually feel.
"Contemplation is the roadmap to doubt. Mom calls me implusive. I like to think I'm intuitive. If you think about something...anything...long enough, you can talk yourself right out of it."
Harley sets out on her journey and refuses to let anyone tell her how to live her life. She leaves her mom, sister, and childhood friend, Jeremiah behind. I got a little sick to my stomach when she left Jeremiah, but it was necessary. As much as we all love a fairy-tale-instant-happily-ever-after, that just wasn't in the cards for Harley and Jeremiah. She had some living to do. Plus, we all find our way back to where we're supposed to be eventually, right?
"I couldn't wait to find myself, to life, to experience, and see the world through new eyes, the idea exhilarating."
Harley travels from town to town building new relationships and new dreams. She carries her guitar while wearing her mother's boots the whole way. One of my favorite things about the book was the songwriting. Oh. My. Goodness. I really think the songs touched my soul.
Can't get it right,
I'm always wrong.
Think I know what I like,
Then I want it gone.
Don't wanna be rich,
Don't wanna be poor.
Don't wanna be a *****,
Or a nice girl anymore.
Being me gets me so frustrated.
Wanna give you everything you're missing in your life,
I just can't get it right.
I held tight to every single moment Harley spent with Jeremiah. I admired how devoted he was to his Harley-girl. He was so patient and willing to wait on her to find whatever it was she was looking for. Even when they weren't actually "together", you could tell that have an unbelievable connection. Harley never let anyone in like she did Jeremiah...it just takes her awhile to live and let love. She's spent her whole life letting someone control her happiness and it's a scary thought for her to let someone else have that control again. She's constantly fighting off feeling vulnerable in any way.
"I've tried to push you away. Talk myself out of you. Get you out of me. But it never works. You're just there. It's always been you."
This is really a beautiful story, and I just can't express my love for it enough with words. Some of it was tough to read because I became so attached to Harley. I felt her pain and totally understood where she was coming from. Grant it, there were a couple of times I wanted to scream "What are you waiting for?!" but when it came down to it...I got it. We all have pieces of where we came from in us, some good and some bad. We all have to figure out this crazy thing called life and it was a joy to see Harley do just that.
I'm a late bloomer, slow to grow, slow to know.
Harley had a forever friend in Miah and Brooklyn James has a forever fan in me!
Harley grew up in a dysfunctional home with an abusive, alcoholic father and a mother that seems to do whatever it takes to keep their "happy" family together and out of the public eye of the small town that they inhabit. Harley focuses most of her time and energy on being an independent woman. A woman that has herself trained to not show emotion and especially to not cry. Harley feels as if she must stay strong for her little sister and for her mother.
Harley has always been close to this books leading man, Jeremiah. They've been friends since they were kids and once discovered the kind of abuse that Harley faces in her home life, Jeremiah immediately takes up the role as her protector. Jeremiah is so darn cute. He is popular, athletic, sexy and madly, deeply in love with Harley but she'll never realize it...or will she?
Harley is so flighty throughout the book that I can't help but want to scream and talk some sense into her. She never stays with one person too long and all about the next place to have some fun, make some money and find herself. Harley goes through more majors and life decisions than you can count on one hand. Desperate to find out who she really is.
I love that one of the main themes of this book is the idea of "fate". What is meant to be, will be. Even though it almost destroys Harley more than once because she completely succumbs to "fate" and doesn't try to force what she wants for her ultimate happiness, in the end, she has to make decisions and fight for what she wants. "Within each of us, there lies the innate ability to survive, triumph, and overcome, rewriting the scripts of our own lives, having some power over our fate and the fate of generations to come. Nothing has to be just because that's the way it's always been." Loveeeee. <3
I love all of the character development in this book. Every person finds themselves even though it mainly focuses on Harley's journey. The mother has to be one of my favorite examples of this because she goes from being so worn out and fragile to this strong independent woman that goes out into the world on her own and experiences things that she never thought she would, all thanks to Harley.
Harley's dad, I can just never get a real grip on him. Sometimes I trust him, sometimes I hate him and sometimes I wish the best for him. Where his story ends, the only ladies that loved him completely despite all the damage he's caused, their story begins and I love that.
I give this book 4 stars..I definitely recommend it to my readers. It is very emotional, so have the tissues ready. You'll never meet a woman quite like the whirlwind that is Harley LaBeau.
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