Published by Disney-Hyperion on January 10th 2017
When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he’s got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn’t easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can’t complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian—the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years.
Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He’s still kindhearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what’s really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives…
First off I want to say thank you to Emmaboooks for introducing this book into my life because I hadn’t even known it existed until she spoke about in a video. This book is the best book I have read this year, it is my number one favorite standalone book and number one book I have read this year, this book just means the world to me and I will forever hold it close to my heart. Gosh, I don’t even know how to formulate my thoughts for this book because it was so incredible so please don’t pay attention to my utter flailing and incoherent sentences.
Because people heal a whole lot faster when they’re with someone who loves them.
- Adam and Julian’s friendship: I think this is my one of my favorite part of the book. You could tell that Julian really meant the world to Adam and that Adam was not just caring out him just to keep up his good guy persona, he really truly did care about Julian and you could definitely see that. You could tell that he really wanted to make sure Julian was safe.
- Adam: There is no doubt that Adam was my favorite part of the book. I don’t really read a lot of contemporary novels but his character was incredibly refreshing to read. He was just so different than the characters I usually read and I loved it. Adam is one of those characters who are just so happy and loving, you just wish he was real and could be friends with him in real life. Adam also has ADHD which was super realistic.
- Adam’s friends: Gosh, so many precious characters, my arms are full how in the world am I supposed to hold them all? This is such a precious little group of friends and I am not going to delve too deep here because that would give away some spoilers.
- Endless tears: I read this in a matter of like four hours or less? And I cried like 50 thousand times because this book was SO sad. I mean if I am being honest here I cry with every book I read so, not too difficult for a book to make me sob. But I cried those ugly cries you cry when no one is around. And damn those tears were worth it.
- Medication??: A great fact about this book that I really liked was that Medication isn’t the cure-all for disabilities. This is going to get a little personal, but I cannot stand it when people are like “Oh you have a disability just go get some meds and you will feel better.” No! That is not how it works. I think people forget that not everyone has easy access to medications or can’t take it for personal or health reasons, and that medications just does not work for some people. I tried it and it made me feel absolutely horrible, I was not even myself. So it was just really nice to read that that if you don’t take medication than you deserve to suffer.
What is this book about: Honestly? This book is about kindness and friendship and how far a simple act of kindness can go. It is also about the fact that you NEVER EVER know what is going on in someone else’s life and you should always treat people as you would treat yourself. One of the quotes that really stuck with me after reading this was:
‘Hate richochets, but kindness does too.’
This quote means the world to me and I think this is what I think of every day. I do believe this book has changed me in some ways meaning that I want to do better, I want to be better for myself and everyone around me. Every time I feel like saying something mean or if I do say something mean, I instantly go back to this quote and remind myself. Hate spreads, I think we have seen enough of that this year but it would do all of us good to remember that one simple act of kindness could change someone’s entire life and you wouldn’t even know it. You can never know the effect that your kindness has on them it could be as far as making someone’s day or tremendously altering their life by giving them the courage to do something that they were afraid to do.
And REMEMBER, if you do a kind thing for someone, people around you will follow suit. This is a lovely little thing called the bystander effect, people will follow suit.
See something do something: In regards to the previous paragraph, if you see something or suspect something is going on, FOR THE LOVE OF EVERYTHING DO NOT KEEP QUIET. I think that is the most important lesson in walking away from this book, do not walk away from it and think oh it will be okay they will speak up, someone will speak up. YOU speak up. If you see something? DO SOMETHING.
Lastly, I want to say thank you to Robin Roe for writing this book. This was not an easy read. It was raw and emotional and one of those books that just rips your heart into pieces.
“I’m dizzy, I’m here, I’m alive.”