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Gives Light Paperback – September 25, 2012
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This is a very moving story about the surprising, scary people Skylar meets when he comes to stay with his grandmother and how in their own way they teach him more than he thought imaginable and how even though he can't talk because of a tragic experience he suffered as a child, he can still say so much and when he doesn't Rafael is there to understand, hold him, protect him and make him laugh, I love the interaction between these two young men and I look forward to reading the next part of their life together. I will be reading this book over and over again.
"Gives Light" is about a 16 year old mute boy (Skyler) who is forced to live with his grandmother on an Indian reservation after his father abandons him. His mother was tragically murdered and murderer slit Skyler's throat when he walked in on the crime. Skyler slowly makes friends on the reservation but finds himself most drawn to a boy, Rafeal, who seems strongly familiar. As it turns out, Rafeal is the son of Skyler's attacker.
"Gives Light" was touchingly sweet and poignant. It felt very pure and innocent, and it treated a difficult topic with grace. The writing was mature for a YA book, which I appreciated. I adored it. I think I just fell in love with all of the characters and the world of the Indian reservation. I am little disappointed, to be honest, that this book is part of a series because I wanted a resolution but I am also a bit excited to see Sky and Rafeal's relationship mature.
This coming of age story centres around Skyler, a sixteen year old boy left mute by a callous act of violence eleven years previously. The story follows his life over one summer that sees him having to deal with the abandonment of his father, adapting and embracing his and his fathers Native American heritage when placed in care with his grandmother and coming to terms with same sex attraction.
I read this book in one sitting. I simply couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this novel.
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The main character was much more compelling than Enoby and it was very genuine and a nice read.