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Blurb (from Goodreads):
Forced to return to his estranged family, John discovers how hard it is to truly go home.
It's been a year since John lost his girlfriend, Leah, to suicide. Living with his uncle keeps his mind from the tragedy and his screwed up family-until he gets into trouble and a judge sends him back home. With a neglectful mother and abusive brother, John's homecoming is far from happy.
As he tries to navigate and repair the relationships he abandoned years ago, Emily, the girl next door, is the only bright spot. She's sweet and smart and makes him think his heart may finally be healing. But tragedy isn't far away, and John must soon face an impossible decision: save his family or save himself.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
“I want to argue with her – drinking helps me - but maybe we’re looking for different things. I just want peace, and she wants to make things right.”
This was a YA contemporary story about a boy whose brother had suffered a brain injury.
John was an okay character and it was clear that he was struggling with grief over his older brother’s accident, I wished that he would stop smoking pot though, especially when he had drug tests to pass.
The storyline in this was about John going back home to live with his mother, brother, and sister after living with his uncle for a time and getting in trouble with regards to smoking pot. We had a bit of a mystery going on over the exact events which lead to his brother’s accident, and why John felt so guilty about it, and some sessions with John’s therapist which let us know a bit more about him, and we also got a bit of a romance happening with the girl next door. I did feel like the storyline about John’s girlfriend committing suicide wasn’t as well developed as it could have been though, and the story was much more focused on John’s brother’s accident and the blame associated with it.
The ending to this was fairly happy, and I was satisfied with the way things turned out.
6.5 out of 10