He’s not the most popular guy in school. He’s not the hottest guy to ever live. But to me, he’s everything.
Published by Acacia Publishing on June 20, 2011.
Copy given by author & publisher for this review.
Rating: 5 stars!!!
While other high school seniors are dreaming about their futures, Sophie and Carter are just trying to make it through each day. Carter is overwhelmed by issues at home as he struggles to support his mother. Meanwhile, next door neighbour Sophie is left to care for her three younger siblings in place of their absent and troubled mother. All that holds these two best friends together is each other, and knowing that each night they’ll sit together on Sophie’s front porch swing and escape from reality, if just for awhile. But as their relationship reaches a turning point and high school graduation nears, will their friendship become something more?
I loved the synopsis for this book and it kind of reminded me of Forbidden by Tabitha Suzema, just without the incest part. The two main characters have big shoes to fill being the head of their households and somehow find solace in each other.
Carter’s mother has a mental illness which leaves her unable to care for herself. The illness was brought on by too many blows to the head by Carter’s father. Not only did Carter’s dad beat his mom, but he was also abused as a child until he put a stop to it.
Sophie’s mother is a prostitute/drug addict and leaves them for days and weeks on end by themselves with Sophie caring for her 3 siblings. She has to contact her mother’s pimp to get access to her mother to beg for money to get groceries, rent and other necessities.
Late at night, after everyone else is snug in their beds, Sophie & Carter find some peace just swinging on the porch swing with each other. They pretend not to be friends at school, they wouldn’t want to blow their cover. No one else knows what their home life is like and they like it that way. They only can rely on each other.
I enjoyed reading about their blossoming relationship. It was beautiful to see when they realized how they really felt about each other.
I loved both Sophie & Carter. They were trying to be so strong for each other and truly had a real love. Even if it took them many years to realize it.
The stories that each of these characters went through was excruciatingly damaging, but Ms. Fine wrote their stories with elegance and was able to tell their tale with grace. The book was a short read and I would definitely recommend it.
They’re not really homes. More like houses where we sleep.
Where we eat—if we’re lucky. Where we cry and fight.
Where we bleed and break. Where we cower and scream.
Where we give up. Where we sigh.
Where we barely survive.
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