I tend to read the same type of story over and over again so lately I’ve been reading books “blind”. For this particular book, I didn’t even look at the cover – I just chose it. I did not know what it was going to be about, the genre, the author, well you get the drift.
I cracked the binding on this book after work last night at about 6PM and didn’t go to sleep until I was finished.
This is a super powerful story of growing up. The story takes place in a very short amount of time and it has very few characters that I needed to focus on. The setting is bleak, the outlook is not encouraging and the overall feeling of the book is dark, like a cloudy day when it looks like rain but it never comes. Shining through this setting is the brilliant, powerful, mishmash of human beings being human.
Every Jackson should have a James and every James should have a Jackson in their lives. The power of this friendship is breathtaking.
After reading the story, I looked up the author and was surprised that this beautiful story was written by a man (I hate admitting that because it feels so sexist. After reading his bio, I have a crush and will be stalking him for future stories.
I cannot say enough about this book and I cannot recommend it enough.
Review by @mauraharper