Kim Holden has a way of taking really awful situations, giving them to you in all their brutal honesty, but somehow wrapping them in love and light.
Tobys story is heart breaking, the people he cares about also heart breaking and we could get lost in it for days, but what I feel more than anything after reading this book is hope and love. It's Kim all over the pages, entwined in everything. Hope and love and compassion.
I couldn't read this book in one sitting, there was a lot to take in and just feel. So I did that and I'm so glad for it. I can't promise sunshine and roses when you decide to read this book, it will open your eyes though. It will make you think. It will make you feel. There will be tears and laughter. It made me think about those I love, about my own thoughts and how I need to reach out to those people.
Another outstanding piece of work written by a beautiful human.
I love a real true love story that has all the struggles and imperfections of love. This book was easy to read, humorous, sad, passionate and focused on the very important topic of mental illness! It gave me “all the feels” that a good book does!
Having read every single one of Kim Holden's books I was over the moon when her new release hit my kindle. Her writing is meticulous, full of depth and overflowing with feelings. This book is everything but so much more, delivering a very important message in her writing.
Toby has had a very sad life, repeatedly told how worthless he is, that he is no good and will never amount to anything. He has been told this so many times he actually believes it and his story is hard to read. Kim has written the story so beautifully, so poignant I could feel the swell in my chest, the lump in my throat; I felt so much of Toby's pain and what he was going through. It flits back and forth between two years ago to present day and we find out why Toby is like he is and just what devastation this young man has gone through. We meet other important characters and each has a story to tell which just binds everything together in this amazing book. I could relate to them all in one way or another, Alice being a fabulous person I just adored, Jonny and Chris too were so endearing in there own ways. There are many revelations in this story; many are heartbreaking, sad, and soul destroying. Each chapter that Kim wrote was like peeling back layer upon layer only to reveal something else to suprise me. Angst, heartbreak, hope, and moments of complete joy only for my poor heart to come crashing down around my feet once again. The clock was ticking, I was holding my breath, my heart couldn't stand the pace but oh my what a story, one I just devoured and loved so much.
Go in blind with this book, the message is raw but so important, it opened my eyes to Toby's situation and the face he put on for others whilst inside he was slowly crumbling, day by day, hour by hour.
Kim Holden has such a talent with words and feelings. Everyone of her books I have loved so much and this one is no exception. Read this book. learn from it, and be humbled.
"No one is supposed to see this. It's supposed to remain hidden . My sadness is mine and it shouldn't bleed over anyone else"
“Sometimes in life, you do everything you can and it still isn’t enough. And that sucks.” Toby Page is seventeen years old with no family and no friends. When he meets Alice Eliot she makes him feel less alone in this world. She has an easiness and gentle way about her. She sees life as being full of possibilities and beauty. She’s open and honest, and freely shares her thoughts and feelings with him. The friendship that develops between them is both touching and life changing. This is the first friendship he’s ever had and he‘s inexperienced in the importance of it for both of them. But there is two sides to every story, and here we not only get Toby side of the story, we also get The Other Side of the story.
Everyone has someone in their life that's dealing with mental health issues. Even if you don't know who it is or what they're dealing with, you 100% know someone. Every interaction you have with someone could also be your last. I myself will think about this more for having read your book Kim. Loved it!
An emotional story, told mainly through the eyes of our ‘hero’ Toby’s perspective. The story is both tragic and beautiful with many lives interwoven throughout, I especially loved the gorgeous Alice! Fabulous author - fabulous read- 5 stars ⭐️