Goodreads Synopsis: 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 kind hearted. 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.
My Review: So I wanted to read this book since I heard about it. It’s funny cause I picked it up accidentally. I thought I had a kindle credit but it turns out I didn’t. I decided to keep this book though because I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about it. I am glad I kept it and actually decided to read it. This book was such a roller coaster of emotions. I wasn’t expecting to get so into this book. It ended up being such a quick read. I got sucked in right from the start.
I have to say I loved both characters so much. I can’t pick which one I liked better. They’re both unique in their own way. I felt horrible for Julian and everything he had to deal with. It was so sad to read about. It warmed my heart reading about Adam and how good he would treat Julian. So many people were mean to Julian and he didn’t deserve that at all. It was nice to see Adam and his friends treat Julian so well. The characters made this book and that’s why I ended up giving the book such a high rating. I honestly would love to see another book or maybe a short story featuring the two of them. I don’t usually grow super attached to characters but these two will have such a special place in my heart.
I do have to say this book is a tough read. I ended up shedding a few tears here and there. I know people said they cried when they read it but I wasn’t expecting it to be so emotional. Julian went through so many horrible things and it’s such a shame he had to deal with that. It was pretty emotional from the start of the book. I ended up going through the motions with this book. I’m so glad I ended up reading it though. It was so enjoyable even though it covers some tough topics. I will be reading more books from Robin Roe. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars.