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"Beneath a Scarlet Sky" by Mark Sullivan
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Really more than a romance, its a how we can help ourselves, our friends and partners become their best selves.
I was pleased to read an advance copy of this book, then thrilled to purchase.
The friendships between Brett and Jaime, as well as their relationships to roomie/ friend Jen, are the reflective relationships that spur each of the young men towards parts of themselves they had forgotten, or thought they left behind.
Sometimes romance and dreams have rough roads.
Really moved by the support that still shows fear and frailty.
Reminded me of Iolanthe Wolfe's Stainer in many ways.
If you're looking for a great read for a different kind of romance, or a powerful read for young adults, this is a great courage seeking and bringing book.
The author is very good at showing the reader how Jamie's illness affects his outlook on life. His internal monologue is constantly telling him he's a worthless waste of space, he screwed up his own life, and now he's screwing up the lives of everyone he cares about by making them worry about them.
In the end, he realizes that his depression will likely always be with him, but he's gained the tools and resources he needs to deal with it, not to mention the love of Brett. There is hope!
You can't see inside a person's head, why their have these thoughts that the author described in this book. They seem irrational for us outsiders, but the person whose feeling it/living it, they're totally reasonable.
Now I'm not sure what was it about this story, but something was missing for me. I can't exactly put my finger on it. Maybe the lack of communication between the MC's, but I guess that's reality. We people don't like talking to each other about our feelings. Or maybe the writing wasn't deep enough for me, didn't match the story in emotion.
Regardless it was a great story.
Brett and Jamie will have you happen, mad, sad, and sometimes even confused.
Brett and Jamie have a past and now a present. But, can these two have a future with everything that needs to be said?
Brett is fighting guilt from something that happened with Jame four years ago, that he has always thought was his fault. While all along, Jamie has been fighting his own guilt for choices he made and has been angry with Brett for the past four years because he didn’t understand why in his time of need Brett just disappeared.
Four years later they meet and start again. Can they make it through all the struggles they will have to face? When the only way to face them is to confront the past and everything they have kept within, ‘together’!?
This is my honest unbiased review.🙂
It is beautifully written with a raw honesty that seeped into my heart and soul.
We follow the lives of Jamie and Brett, who meet again in university. They were boyfriends at a young age but broke up through a big misunderstanding. Only at the end of the book, we learn about what was the cause of their breakup. In the meantime, Jamie has to deal with his depression. Too afraid to ask for help, he keeps pushing people away. My heart broke for him. He is such a sweet soul, but oh so struggling with his lack of self-worth and blaming himself for things that happened to others. The fight he has going to keep believing in himself and to forgive himself was hard to read at times. It is a mystery how the mind works because, although Jamie can’t be positive about himself, he can be supportive of Brett. Brett is not devoid of faults himself, but hey, he is a young guy himself. But he is there for Jamie. That takes guts and so much love. It is not easy to be depressed, but living with someone who suffers from depression is no breeze either.
I am thankful, that I am not familiar with depression personally, although I know from secondhand stories it is awful. My cousin suffers from depression all her life, and therefore I know something about it from a distance. I know every person is different, and depression comes in various forms, but this hits very close to home and was very recognizable.
This author not only writes about a boy who is depressed. No, she takes us on an emotional journey with him. How it is to live with depression on a day-to-day basis. How it affects your thoughts and your actions.
However, this story is not all sad. It is also uplifting and full of hope. Hope of dealing with the illness if you can ask for the help you need and having the people around you who will support and love you no matter what.
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I love second chance romances…although I’m not sure the love between these two was ever severed. They are soul mates, loves of a lifetime.Read more