Debut: June 19, 2012
Snuck from: Cathy @ Addicted to Books
When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he’s haunted by nightmares of his best friend’s death. It’s not until Travis runs into Harper, a girl he’s had a rocky relationship with since middle school, that life actually starts looking up. And as he and Harper see more of each other, he begins to pick his way through the minefield of family problems and post-traumatic stress to the possibility of a life that might resemble normal again.
Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 10
Yep, I made a Real Life Fiction side-trip -- and I rather enjoyed it. I didn't know what to expect of a post-traumatic stress soldier story, but Travis is a really likeable character, so are his friends C.J. and Kevlar. I especially like the typical guy humor, the sheepish boyish remarks and the like. Harper deals exceptionally well with all of them, I think that makes her an absolutely awesome female. I guess she reminds me of myself, having more guy friends than you maybe can handle at a time, especially when they get insulting, but still you can't hate them.
Okay, the story was a bit tall, gorgeous guy finally notices that the cheerleader girl might be sexy, but that's where beauty stops for her, and instead falls for the slightly freakish outsider girl, who he finally notices as beautiful and sexy. Well, granted, Travis and Harper have a history that indicates it could've gone different, but it didn't, so here we go digging up worn down cliches. *le sigh* BUT, I have to say it didn't quite bother me as much as it could have. Maybe it was because Travis wasn't all of a sudden no longer interested in his ex-girlfriend Paige, but he slowly moved on from her to Harper.
Well, not just that and the post-traumatic stress, but this book had a lot of issues to deal with, some playing a mayor, some a minor role in Travis's life and health of mind. He is very strong, refusing to run away from any of it, but tackling the problems, maybe not as they come, but as he feels strong or angry enough to face them. But also Harper and other people around him have to face problems, and this book is a lot about helping each other through difficult times.
Another one of the special awesome aspects in this was the lesbian relationship of Charlie's mothers, Ellen and Jenny. Although only minor, I still like authors putting it into otherwise mainstream plot. It shows awareness without giving people reason to rip the aspect to shreds, because it's not the main relationship.
Area Scan: Style: 3.5/5 -- Plot: 4/5 -- Characters: 4/5 -- Romance: 5/5 -- Drama: 5/5 -- Humor: 5/5
Discovered: 4+ Hoods