- File Size: 1513 KB
- Print Length: 366 pages
- Publication Date: November 17, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FEON78E
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Beautifully and sensitively written by an extremely talented new author who makes us feel as if the pain and suffering of these two young men is ours to bear. There were times when the characters seemed so real and their torment so intense, that I almost wished that I could hold them and tell them that it really does get better. Rarely does a book touch my soul. This one did. And in so many ways.
Negotiating the Christian doctrine and trying to understand and do what is right, was done very tastefully without being blasphemous, if I may use this term. Taylor's parents handled this with so much intelligence, love and care. Even his "prefect" family had issues which thankfully seemed to have been resolved.
I felt sorry for Allison
Was it Divine intervention that Taylor got to meet Daniel's brother and partner? Both unknowingly? And that the second meeting was after he was armed with certain truths? One of the main issues I think, was that a child is raised with certain beliefs etc, bestowed by their parents, but at a certain time, usually adolescence, they must take what they've learned, modify it depending on their experiences and then live it, and most likely passing it on to their kids for them to do the same. This is what Taylor was faced with. And I liked that he did not turn away from God, unlike what is done in other books. His valid question of why would He create something and hate it? Best argument there is for the differences in all of us!
I wanted to wrap my arms around Derek but he probably wouldn't have accepted or appreciated it. I really liked the ending of the book. No "I'll love you forever" and walk off into the sunset. This was not that kind of book. The end was appropriate. These 'things' cannot be fixed overnight.
There was so much deep feeling in every page of this book that it's not hard to wonder if there was some personal experience involved.
A few typos, grammar, children running into hospital rooms where parent is taking care of patient: so would NOT happen in the real world - invasion of privacy? HIPPA? Consent by parent over the phone to release for a while a child in psychiatric ward? But I understand creative license to help the story along. But it doesn't take anything away from the story.
This could be a hard novel for someone to read, but totally worth it.
I highly recommend this story to readers who are not afraid to experience violence, pain and the despair along with the characters as Aaron brings the reader so deeply into the story that it is often difficult to read. The story is not sensationalized, but rather naked in its presentation allowing the reader to evaluate for his/herself what is taking place.
Personally, I was amazed at how well this story was put together. The style of writing is explicit without being sensationalized. I found it difficult to put the book down and other times I had to walk away for a bit to absorb the significance of what I just read. Aaron's insights into the psychology of the characters are amazing. Aaron has either had experience or has done a great deal of research to write such a compelling story. It is one of the most worthwhile books I have read. It is right up there with J.D. Salinger's, CATCHER IN THE RYE.
I had a hard time getting into it at first because I was afraid of where it was going (my fault not the authors) and it was so hard to read what Derek went through...what he put himself through and why he felt he deserved it. He is dark, so dark but at the same time,very strong and that gave me hope for him.
The author handled such a difficult subject matter very tastefully even though it was still in your face at times, there was a beauty to it and that is excellent writing..to see the beauty in pain, and hope where one may think there is none.
The ending was perfect and even though it was hard to read at times, this was an excellent novel.
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