Synopsis by Goodreads:
As the daughter of a meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. Struggling to raise her little brother, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible “adult” around. She finds peace in the starry Midwestern night sky above the fields behind her house. One night everything changes when she witnesses one of her father’s thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold, wreck his motorcycle. What follows is a powerful and shocking love story between two unlikely people that asks tough questions, reminding us of all the ugly and wonderful things that life has to offer.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
First, to the publisher, thank you for giving me the opportunity to advance read this book. When I saw the title and book blurb in an email I received, I knew I wanted to read it. When I requested it on Netgalley I couldn’t believe my luck.
This book is going to be very controversial when it is released. It is an incredibly daring move by a debut author with tough and gritty subject matter. It is not for the easily offended or weak at heart. Many readers will be pissed – especially the sanctimonious and righteous ones! Hey life isn’t all butterflies and unicorns. What it is though is pretty damn amazing. She takes on subjects that make you want to close your eyes and look away and yet you can’t. It’s like being transfixed. I resented that I had to put this book down at times because I wanted to read straight through it.
There were times I knew I should have been appalled at what I was reading, yet the author manages to create such fully rounded characters that they are hard to completely dislike. It just works. I’m sure there will be readers that question my morals just for giving this 5 stars. This is not about condoning the subject matter. This is about a wonderfully written book that makes you feel an entire spectrum of emotion and forces you to think about how life is for others outside of your comfy little bubble. For the majority of people, life is friggin hard. We prefer to wear our rose colored glasses so we don’t have to deal with it.
How do you take lives that consist of nothing but terrible despair with no hope for anything and form some sort of happiness? A life filled with nothing but abuse and give it a beacon of hope or love even if it isn’t what most would consider normal? This story shows that even in the darkest of lives, there is some good – but it is all relative. What feels good and right to one can feel completely wrong to another.
Book is scheduled to release August 9th – I’ll have to come back and do a giveaway when it is released.