Publication Date: July 24th, 2012
Format: EPub from Net Galley
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Lurlene McDaniel’s signature expertise and finesse in dealing with issues of violence, death, and physical as well as emotional trauma in the lives of teens is immediate and heartrending.
This is the story of coping – to perish or to strive. A story about hope and how a traumatic event can change a person. From the beginning of the novel to end, the characters’ metamorphosis was astounding. Roth, for example was a completely different person. Gone was the arrogance, the egotism that you’d know of him at the beginning of the novel. Physically he was still Roth, tattooed, pierced and perpetually disheveled. But on the inside, he’d become responsible and a person who actually cared. This was basically the theme of the book: what would become of a person after going through a harrowing experience. It wasn’t just the physical damage that was costly. These are high school kids – fragile in some ways. Adolescence is hard as it is, compounded with this trauma and you’ve got yourselves a succession of appointments with a therapist.
I wish this book was longer. I wish there was a sense of contentment when I finished this book. It wasn’t rushed or anything, but I wanted to read more. There were characters here that barely scratched the surface of who they were and who they could be. But I understand. It’s difficult to end this novel with rainbows and unicorns. This novel wasn’t about a couple of kids who got bullied. These was about them being bored and lacking the attention at home and school. Senseless violence, no matter what the motive, is still senseless. There’s no valid reason.