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Ms. King has given us a deeply moving story of deep pain, constant struggle, the will to overcome & survive and the unshakable bond of true friendship, pure love and shaking off the bad to move forward. Josh & Hadley are so well written I had to finish their story despite the many times I put it down thinking it could never happen. This book was not my normal style, in fact I would normally stay far away from a book with the sort of deep subject matter this one addresses, but I couldn't stop following their struggles. I was so moved by their story. This book is not a light read, it's dark, and hard through several places, but the strength written into these two characters is worth reading. **TINY SPOILER** Josh & Hadley do get their happy ending, don't give up on them before the end!
I think my favorite part of the whole story was Josh's growth. This guy really got to me with his tortured but kind heart. He used the physical pain of tattoos and piercings to mask his emotions coursing through him. His friendship with Hadley was his saving grace from the demons of this past. Their bond was forged in the most unlikely of circumstances and withstood all that they had been put through- until one night changed everything. Oh my heart ached for them both- so unsteady and just lost without the other.
I didn't expect the dangerous twist this book took but thank goodness it did. It forced Josh's hand and made him come to terms with everything that had been going wrong. From his music to his relationship with Hadley. They were both so much of who he was that when one was off the rest of him was too. And as his heart healed the music just poured out of him. It was beautiful to read and I could hear it in my ears- the songs of his life, of his soul.
The Debt is original and heartfelt. The characters are realistic and wonderful in their humanness. Josh and Hadley's story was far from perfect but it was theirs and they owned every broken piece of it. Tyler King has a lot to be proud of with her debut release and I'm looking forward to see more from her in the future.
Hadley lost her parents at a young age very tragically, she is put into the foster system until her godfather adopts her out. While there she meets 5 year old Josh who is being molested by the foster parent after being left on a bus by his mother. He would come to her at night after being molested. When Hadley leaves due to the adoption she is traumatized knowing Josh was left behind and her Psychiatrist ends up meeting and adopting Josh. Josh feels he owes her his life by helping to get him out of there.
They remain best friends through high school. One evening when they are around 17 they loose their virginity to each other however due to Josh's past molestation he runs out with a panic attack. He refused to talk to her about it and pushed her away after that. Both are currently Juniors in college now, he a music major, she Art. She has OCD issues, he has sexual ones and since the night they were first together they have never spoken of that night. They live in the same house while in college, the house his adoptive mother died in. She taught him the piano and he became a child prodigy until her death when he was 17.
There is a lot going on in this book, he has his band and those problems. He thinks he is staying because of her, he thinks he is helping her. She thinks she stayed to help him when they had the change to go away to different colleges. They love each other but they have not been together as a couple since age 17. Before they loose each other completely by his continually pushing her away they eventually decide to communicate with each other over their pasts. You do get a HEA but you know life will be hard and not normal for them as they both move forward with continued therapy.