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“The state can call me anything they want, but the truth is I am one of the unwanted, the discarded. Another kid in the system, another cog in a broken wheel.”
No truer words have been used to describe the millions of kids in the system. S.R. Grey's newest book tackles the underbelly of the foster care system, the damages of sexual/physical/mental abuse, and the ability to learn to trust, heal and love again. She takes us through an eye opening and emotional journey that runs bone deep. One that portrays a myriad of innocent children fractured by the hands of life blended perfectly with pure love. TL is not for the faint of heart. Grey doesn’t hold back when it comes to the brutality these children endure. Do know that these scenes may be very descriptive.
As the author has stated, yes, this is a fictional story but it is also a very real issue. And as someone who is quite acquainted with the system, there is more truth than fiction to Tomorrow’s Lies.
This heart wrenching tale is one that’s very near and dear to my heart. Mandy, Flynn, Jaynie, Cody, and Callie haven’t lived anywhere close to a fairy tale life. Their past and present are what nightmares are made of. And their chances at finding anything resembling healthy definitely doesn’t come with any kind of ease; instead, it comes at extremely high prices.
I fell in love with these kids the moment I met them. They were damaged, shattered to the core, a vulnerable shell of emptiness. By the end though, you won’t view them as victims, but as true survivors and heroes. They will own a special place in your heart; they did mine. I adored them so much, I can’t even bring myself to think of them as characters in a book, they are more than that, they were very much real.
“In this house, the monsters are not in the closet. They exist outside of it.”
The family, deep attachments, loyalty, and affection that was built behind those gates of hell was so stunning. Their downright need for one another anchored this unconventional group, giving them a solidification they have never felt before. Together they offered one another a sense of hope; a feeling of worthiness. The way these five blended together to make a tragic and heart wrenching situation manageable is inspirational. Their caregiver abused the crap out of them (that’s putting it mildly) and the system was so full their social workers abandoned them. These children were left to horrendous conditions and denied the most basic needs. To say it was an atrocity and an injustice is an understatement. Everything surrounding them felt pretty much impossible to see beyond, yet they pushed forward, giving selflessly and overcoming the battles heaved on them.
Mandy, Flynn, Jaynie, Cody, and Callie were a force to be reckoned with, even with being broken and scarred in some of the worst ways. Their stories enough to make your skin crawl. Yet, they were the best kind of protagonists. Their hearts, while not whole, were gentle and filled with an abundance of light and compassion. They were courageous in ways most will never know or need to be. It won't take long for you to see they'd encounter the real meaning of purgatory in their short lives.
“The horrors of life are not always wrapped up in neat little packages. The bad things get intermixed with the good things sometimes, because it’s the good and the bad that makes us who we are.”
Grey’s writing of these characters was poignant and beautiful. It was gritty and it was intense, packing a punch. Each scenario, each emotion, each interaction was tangible and thought provoking. She nailed all of these with such precision. Their pain and anguish, their resilience, their faith, optimism and love evoked vivid and strong emotions.
Even with the topics at hand, I would categorize Tomorrow’s Lies as low angst. The angst didn’t surround the typical lack of communication or the push and pull of our main protagonists. Instead, it came from the outside world, forcing them to explore it together as a family unit. I loved that Susie left out the contrived drama between Flynn and Jaynie. This alone made me love this book so much more. It really showcased how much these two affected each other, allowing us to see deeper inside them. And really their pasts and presents were more than enough to handle without throwing in the unneeded.
I was rather impressed with the amount of attention and detail brought to the table. The steadiness and development with which the plot line and connections were built progressed at a relatable and believable pace. There were a few spots I wanted the author to delve a bit more, but overall there was plenty of rich depth that had me engaged and invested .
Thank you, S.R. Grey, for pouring your heart into a subject that most people turn a blind eye to and doing it justice.
When it comes to her NA books, I am a huge fan of S.R. Grey’s writing. Her characters always end up becoming some of my favorites; they truly move me in ways other characters can’t. Tomorrow's Lies comes as a high recommendation from me.