Wow guys. This book.. just WOW. Going into it, I had absolutely NO real idea of what it was about. And for that, I am glad. And, because of that, this will be somewhat of a short review because I do not want to spoil it for the rest of you!
Basically, Sam and his brother have been raised by their theiving, has-no-heart father. They have moved around their whole lives, have had absolutely no friends, and are doing whatever they can do to survive. On the other hand, Emily’s biggest worry is the solo her dad is making her sing in church and trying to find a boyfriend. These two stories are the farthest thing from going “hand-in-hand.” But, as you will see, the book is all about how one person’s actions can change things in multiple person’s lives. That’s really all I want to say about the plot for fear of spoiling anything!
That being said, I can still tell you that this book was just heart-breakingly amazing. (I know that’s not really a word.. oh well.) For one thing, there are SO many characters. And it’s not just dual point of view; it’s from the point of view of at least 10 different people- focusing mainly on a select few. It was fun getting to hear and read things from various sides of the story.
I also was not expecting so much action. Well, maybe it wasn’t exactly action, but my heart was definitely racing for a good couple of chapters. You will know which ones when you read it- which you definitely should.
It could be considered your typical middle-high class girl meets poor boy, and they fall in love kind of story- but it isn’t. All I can say is that if you are looking for a truly beautiful albeit heart wrenching at times story, PLEASE pick this one up to read. I was amazed.
Well done Holly Goldberg Sloan. Well done.