My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This story belongs up there with some of the greats.. As of yet the best work I've read from this outstandingly amazing author.
This material was refreshing, raw, and real. Although this is considered fiction, the events are without a doubt possibile outcomes of some actual event. Its always easy to acknowledge that whatever you were exposed to is out there whether it be mostly good or mostly bad. In this case particularly, majority was bad. And sometimes its hard to comprehend how bad things can be. Thus, why this story basically has worst case scenario from the get-go with majority of the characters with their backdrop story, and gradually brings out the goodness that was there underneath all that gunk.
There was some funny moments, pull-your-hair-out moments, pull-your-teeth-out-moments, ass-kicking moments, ball-racking moments ( on Stu, Shane, Dania, Reggie, and *sigh* yes Ellie too), and tear-jerker moments (mainly from Flynn but Ellie and of course we can't forget Dania), but most of all, every single moment these characters had was heart-felt and meaningful. Not always from one character to another, but from the reader. To see how things happened, why they happened, and what was done to change it. Fix it. Everything was utterly significant, and promising.
A lot was to the max and very vuglar in reference to the things some of these characters did, and a lot left harm on others as well as themselves. They didn't have a care in the world. This was sickening and saddening. To read about how these characters were was raw and real and refreshing, because it was all straight up, no sugar-coated words. None of that was ever present, especially where Flynn was concerned with his own trouble understanding and comprehending human behavior and emotions. He spoke whatever came to mind. Tough-as-nails Ellie wasn't wasting her breath either. And with the rest of the gang, it was a what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of thing. Nevertheless, this material was extraordinary and unique and commonplace in a weird, but fitting way.
Overall, this book brought me to the edge of my seat, falling of tears, pick-up smiles, and sweet words that were meant more than what they plainly said.
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