- File Size: 1467 KB
- Print Length: 154 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: November 21, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006I10ZYG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #769,805 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
If These Trees Could Talk Kindle Edition
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This was my first novel by Brian W Smith and I enjoyed it. Although an emotional read, Mr. Smith tackles sexual abuse, mental abuse, emotional abuse, child neglect, anger, forgiveness and the genuine love/concern of a public service worker. He has you, the reader, wanting to save the boys from suffering and slap some sense into the mom a time or two. There were some twists and turns that I did not see coming. The grammatical errors distracted me a bit, but they did not take away from the story. Kudos to the writer, five stars!
Josh and Stevie are two eleven year old boys who were molested by their mothers' boyfriends. On a mission to make this nightmare end, they plot to kill each other's molester. Josh and Stevie run into the woods and sit under the trees, their safe haven. Awesome book, the ending left me speechless.
The way this book is written just really made it come to life. I really got to know Josh and Stevie and how much abuse they were going through. I also unfortunately got to know their mothers and their mothers' boyfriends. These were some real sickos. I was really surprised at the ending! It's amazing what the mind will do when there is so much pain and trauma in a child's life.
Brian W. Smith is one of my favorite authors. He is always coming up with books that have important issues raised. All of his books are easy to read and move along so fast, and this book is no exception. Way to go Brian! I highly recommend this book!
Black Diamond's Book Reviews
If these trees could talk, you meet best friends Josh and Stevie. Two young boys from different environments with one thing in common. Josh and Stevie share a bond that children shouldn't have to deal with. Charity, a rebellious young teen, becomes a single parent. In her quest to achieve a different life, she works hard at two jobs, which single mothers often do, however she hooks up with bad boy Dutch. In doing so, she unknowingly changes the life of Josh in the worst way. There's so much more I want to say, however I don't want to spoil it for others. This book was full of twist and ending in a shocking surprise. Although the subject matter is very touchy and not recommended for squeamish readers, this author masterfully crafted a story that kept the pages turning until the very end. He gave the story what many short stories or novellas today are missing, a beginning, a middle and an end. I was thoroughly pleased reading this novella and would definitely recommend this author.
5th Grader Josh Caldwell is being abused (sexual, mental and physical) by his 26 year old mother's ex-con boyfriend. Josh's Teacher (Ms. Tharp) realizes that something is amiss with him and is doing her best to find out what it is. At the same time, Josh and his friend Stevie (a black boy of similar age who is also being abused) plot to assist one another in killing their abusers. From there things start to unfold quickly and I cannot say more without giving away the plot. At the end of the book you just find yourself wondering why or when will mothers start to tune into, and prioritize their children, so this kind of abuse doesn't continue to exist.
This book took me on an emotional ride. I loved the way he addressed the issues that plagued their lives and the way they sought refuge in the trees. I am a new fan because of his ability to captivate me with a story line that starts, continues, and does not stop until I have been satisfied and impressed with twists and turns he so greatly implements. Awesome job! 5 stars.