First of all let me say that I received this copy on a LibraryThing win, in exchange for my open and honest review.
First of all let me just say how much i love the cover. I hope its the one they keep. You can see the small match on the H of South on the cover and it does tie into the book. How it does I will not say, but lets just say I hope they don’t change it.. Its such a beautiful cover in a simplistic way.
Siddharth is a young boy not quite yet a teenager when his mother passes. His mother passes suddenly without warning and is left with his father and older brother. Siddharth is still at the age where he is very impressionable. He looks up to his father who is angry all the time and constantly talking about how Muslims should die. He doesn’t really get to look up to his brother, because his brother soon leaves for college.
Soon Siddharths school guiadance counselor and her son Marc enter their lives. Marc is a little older than Siddharth. Marc starts setting examples for Siddharth who is so desperate for a friend that he looks up to him. These examples are not the right ones, and soon Siddharth finds himself in a world of being a bully vs being bullied, drugs, drinking, sex, etc. The question we ask though is, can this woman, his guidance counselor save this family, let alone hers? This book as said on the internal flap “South Haven is no simple coming of age tale”.
That quote right there is so dead accurate to describe this book. This book helps us to really look at the impressions we leave upon the youth. It also serves as a reminder of us growing up and all the pain we went through as kids. It also serves as a reminder for grief and how we handle it.
This story was absolutely beautifully written. I found myself unable to stop turning page after page as I immersed myself in this book fully. It is a gripping story from start to finish, as you read hoping that this family will finally come to terms with their loss. A definite 10 stars out of 5 star read. This book is set to be released 5/3/2016. Below are links where you can purchase this book.
Also this book is a Summer 2016 pick for B&N