Five years after an unspeakable tragedy, Gordie Allen is living with his half-brother Kevin, the only person who can protect Gordie at school and keep him focused on getting his life back on track. But just when it seems like things are becoming normal, Gordie’s biological father comes back into the picture, demanding a place in his life. Now there’s nothing to stop Gordie from falling into a tailspin that could cost him everything—including his relationship with Sarah, the first girl he’s ever trusted. With his world spinning out of control, the only one who can help Gordie is himself . . . if he can find the strength to confront the past and take back his future.
I really enjoyed this book. It is written in first person POV. It deals with so many difficult subjects like PTSD, abuse, loss, and starting over. The emotions throughout this book are both extreme and dark yet glimpses of hope peak through. Helene does a fantastic job at pulling the reader into Gordies mind. It’s impossible not to like him and feel compassion for him, if you don’t then you’re most likely a robot.
For me what stood out the strongest is the bond Gordie and his brother, Kevin have. It’s very realistic and believable. I love all brothers but something about Gordie and Kevin was really great. Kevin is the type of older brother every younger sibling needs.
If you’re not comfortable reading books that deal with dark subjects and deep emotions, I would skip this one. But if you want a fantastic read and are okay with those things, I recommend this book.