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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've decided to go about this review in a different way by listing the reasons I loved this novel.
I'm not a huge fan of books being written in the Male's perspective. I actually despise them. I don't mind a duel POV but I'm very partial to female perspective. This book was written in Josh's POV. When I started reading I was scared because I wasn't sure that I would be able to make it through. I was without a doubt wrong about not loving this book from his perspective, in fact, I don't think it would have been any good from any one else's view point. Not even Hadley's. I can only imagine the amount of research Tyler had to put in to get all the facts and stay true to Josh
I didn't need to wait to find out what happened in the past. When reading a book I'm always waiting for the big blow up, the epic moment that everything comes together, not in this one. I learned about everything from Josh's past as I read the book. I loved that! I didn't need to wait until 8o percent in to find out why.
My attraction to Josh wasn't based on physical description. Anyone that knows me, knows that Tattoos and Piercings are my downfall to a male character but in this book it was simply a description that faded in to the background. I found Josh's dialogue and inner thoughts to be what attracted me to him. His love for Hadley made me fall for him even more. Sometimes when he spoke it was pure poetry and I loved it!
I read this book weeks ago and am still thinking about it. There are books that I read simply for the pleasure of escaping and there are books that I read that can change my perspective. The Debt is a book that I crave, why I started reading and continue reading. This book had me reeling from the minute I picked it up. The way this author took two completely broken characters and made their relationship the soul focus of the book and not what had happened to them. Instead, she took the things that happened and made the reader experience how these things shaped who these characters have become and what happens when faced with the truth, this isn't how things need to be. This is not how a person needs to stay. We are constantly evolving and sometimes it takes one person, even if they are equally broken, to make us see our greatness and give us the ability to overcome our fears.
Tyler King is an author to watch out for and she has definitely made it on my list of authors who I will buy without question.
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.