A powerful story that was at times very difficult to read, about Evan and his abusive mother and his coming of age/coming out story.
The violence against Evan (both physical and verbal) by her is graphic, and what's worse, all the adults who know or suspect what's happening to Evan do nothing (or in Evan's father's case, very little), to stop it or say something or even support Evan. Evan really is alone, and to cope he compartmentalises his life to make it more bearable, while withdrawing into his art and journal. Unfortunately, when all these aspects of his life collide (family, church, social), then the story got really harrowing.
Thankfully Evan has Henry, and as the violence gets worse, Evan's friendship with Henry blossoms to something more. Sure, there are missteps along the way, but thank goodness this ended well for Evan. This is one that will live with me for a long time. All young people need to know they have support and love from someone.
I'm so glad I read it.
- Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; 1 edition (12 February 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143790153
- ISBN-13: 978-0143790150
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.9 x 19.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 240 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
Amazon Bestsellers Rank:
162,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #53866 in Teen & Young Adult