What a beautiful story of a 14-year-old boy, Lucas Painter. Between the childhood innocence and his coming of age, you will become emotionally invested in the book. You will experience a feeling of loss, grief, addiction, depression, first love, anxiety, and fear. And the author does a wonderful job of treating each emotion with respect…not trivializing each of them.
I loved the last chapter when you jump forward 50 years and a glimpse of where the characters have landed in their adulthood. You get a brief review of the lives during that time period. And, of course, you will shed a few tears as you travel through the pages!
Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review. Catherine Ryan Hyde always pulls out all the stops and brings the emotional aspects of her books to the front and leaves you full of life affirming sweetness.