- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Relish Stories (November 17, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1939775086
- ISBN-13: 978-1939775085
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,194,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gr 10 Up—William Stout, a recent transplant from Kansas, is hoping his move to California will be the fresh start he needs. After his grandfather passes from cancer, he moves to California to live with his estranged father. The 17-year-old William remembers very little of his parents, yet something about his new neighborhood seems oddly familiar, something that threatens to trigger the violent tendencies he seeks to repress. Counseling, a potential girlfriend, a new job, and a starting spot on the school football team help him manage his anger. However, run-ins with a mysterious child lead William to discover hidden talents and pieces of his past that threaten to unravel the new life he has created. Although he does not know the child, he is plagued by the unshakable feeling that the child is suffering horrific abuse, and he is determined to help. Written in short, impactful poetic prose, this is a gut-wrenching novel that manages to be dark and hopeful. It is a suspenseful mystery with a revelation that is unexpectedly sad and heartbreaking. VERDICT A tough choice for sensitive readers, this is recommended for older, mature teens.—Tamela Chambers, Chicago Public Schools, IL
"Seductive. Enthralling. Earth-shattering. Carve out some time because you won’t want to put this one down." Ellen Hopkins, bestselling author of the CRANK TRILOGY
"Written in short, impactful poetic prose, this is a gut-wrenching novel that manages to be dark and hopeful. It is a suspenseful mystery with a revelation that is unexpectedly sad and heartbreaking. VERDICT A tough choice for sensitive readers, this is recommended for older, mature teens." Tamela Chambers (Chicago Public Schools), School Library Journal
From the haunting, disturbing opening, all the way to the riveting climax, Lew delivers a tale of a boy on the brink of both discovery and destruction, whose poetic voice shines forth from inner darkness." Foreword Reviews
"Craig Lew did a brilliant job on writing about a horrible reality.” Nadia Caballero, San Francisco Book Review
Intense, visceral, raw, and healing, this novel, simply put, is about a survivor, but, also, about the choices one makes to move past survival into fully embracing life, with all its ugliness and beauty, which oftentimes live side by side.” Cleaver Magazine
Lew creates a story that reads like prose, but makes the reader feel the poetry inside. He grabs the reader with insightful line breaks, word choice, and style that are easy to appreciate without consciously thinking about them while reading. I loved how Lew was also able to use the different poem breaks to create strong pacing. You won’t want to put it down once you start.” A.R. Braithwaite, Folded Pages Distillery
"(Breath to Breath) was hard to put down. A truly gripping and troubling story in a good way...." Dr. Stan Steiner, "The Bookman"
"The climax of the novel achieves that perfect balance of believability and unpredictability. Whether or not those events actually happened to William, this is a gripping story that the reader will not forget easily." The Pirate Tree, Social Justice and Children's Literature
"It's hard to read descriptions of a childhood crushed between lust and greed, but author Craig Lew doesn't leave readers in that dark alley; he gives us a flashlight so that we watch William, powered by love and compassion, begin to make his way out of the darkness." Terri Farley, author of Seven Tears Into the Sea and "The Phantom Stallion" series.
"Breath to Breath is dark, powerful, and full of hope. I can't stop thinking about it." Carol Lynch Williams, award-winning author of The Haven and The Chosen One.
"This is a powerful story of brutality repressed and denied, of mystery and tragedy turned into redemption. Craig Lew’s writing is brilliant, easy to read, and very literary.?" Gloria Skurzynski, award-winning author of Virtual War, The Clones, and The Revolt.
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Without a doubt, this is a novel for Ellen Hopkins fans.
Thank you so much for sharing such an important story, Craig!
William finds himself in California, living with the father who never bothered to know him. Dad is a gruff slob. He drinks. Before William even sets down his suitcase, Dad informs him of everything he can’t touch or do in the house. Oh yeah, and he’d better get a job because Dad’s not covering junk food and internet. It’s a sucky situation but William plans to make the best of it.
At his new school he meets Shasten, an empath whose smile brings out the clumsy, awkward teen in William. He also meets Bradley, a mean-spirited jock, and Ollie, a geek who turns out to be geeky, but insightful. When Bradley harasses Ollie, William steps in to stop it. It’s in his nature to defend the helpless, even if it gets him shipped to California to live with a drunken dictator.
So when William discovers Patches, a four-year-old boy alone on the street, he’s determined to help. Just as he learns that Patches is being molested, the little boy eludes William and disappears. Shasten tells William that he is connected to Patches in some way. William encounters Patches again and the horrific details of the boy’s molestation trigger repressed memories of abuse. William’s world shatters.
How far is he willing to go to stop the evil? Is he willing to kill?
Child molestation is a disturbing topic but author Craig Lew handles the subject matter in a most sensitive manner. His writing is honest and insightful. The story is populated with characters that are genuine. Craig’s writing makes it easy to envision the action in these very cinematic scenes, and makes it difficult to put the book down.
I finished the story saddened by the horrible events in William’s past, yet profoundly uplifted by his courage, compassion, and his path toward healing.
Two words: Fxxx'ing Brilliant.
Three words: Writing is visionary.
Four words: Screenwriter lurking in Craig.
Five words: Didn't want to stop reading
Last word: Thank you, Craig Lew, for writing this book <3