Published by CreateSpace on 2010-12-22
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
17-year-old Kate has lived her whole life in abject poverty, with an alcoholic father and drug-addicted mother, who severely abuses Kate. At school, her second-hand clothing marks her as a target. Her refusal to stand up for herself makes her the recipient of her classmates taunts and bullying. That is, until Henry returns. Henry Jamison moved away six years earlier, just as he and Kate had begun an to develop feelings for one another. He returns to find the bright, funny, outgoing girl he had known now timidly hiding in corners, barely speaking to anyone around her, suspicious of even him. Kate can't figure out what game Henry is playing with her - for surely it is a game. What else would the gorgeous, popular boy from her past want with her? Kate finally decides to trust Henry's intentions, opening her heart to him. Just when it seems he might be genuine in his friendship, tragedy strikes, threatening everything Kate has worked so hard to gain. Can Henry help her to overcome this new devastation, or will it tear them apart forever?
It’s a little hard to judge this story. It’s gut-wrenching and heart-felt and even though unrealistic at times, incredibly realistic at others. I couldn’t put this book down. I started it on Friday night and finished it just a few minutes ago. It’s worth reading.
The subject matter is very realistic, there is no question about that. Some home abuse is not this drastic and brutal and others are just this much if not worse. It’s a sad reality. We all know that bullying in school is very real and current. It’s horrendous what goes on.
What I found not realistic is the fact that you have a boy who fell in love with a girl in elementary school and then moved away for 6 years. During his 6 years away he thinks about this girl and then his family moves back. Once he gets to school and hunts her down and realizes that she’s the target of bullying and ridicule (unaware of her homelife) he risks his “popular” status for her. God bless his heart… but it’s just not done. At that age neither boys nor girls would risk that for anyone. Maybe in private they would, but not out in public they wouldn’t…. and the very few on this earth that would do that I applaud you! Maybe that sounds a little small minded of me, but I’ve witnessed crap like this and I have never witnessed anyone stand up for someone else at the risk of their own “survival” in school. It’s a little sad.
For this reason among others is why I enjoyed this book so much! It’s so nice to think that there are people out there that are so selfless like Henry. He’s a hero in my books… and so is the survivor herself, Kate. Henry is not only selfless, but a boy in love. It’s just such a great story.
I loved it and I loved to hate it.