Andrew Brawley was supposed to die that night. His parents did, and so did his sister, but he survived.
Now he lives in the hospital. He serves food in the cafeteria, he hangs out with the nurses, and he sleeps in a forgotten supply closet. Drew blends in to near invisibility, hiding from his past, his guilt, and those who are trying to find him.
Then one night Rusty is wheeled into the ER, burned on half his body by hateful classmates. His agony calls out to Drew like a beacon, pulling them both together through all their pain and grief. In Rusty, Drew sees hope, happiness, and a future for both of them. A future outside the hospital, and away from their pasts.
But Drew knows that life is never that simple. Death roams the hospital, searching for Drew, and now Rusty. Drew lost his family, but he refuses to lose Rusty, too, so he’s determined to make things right. He’s determined to bargain, and to settle his debts once and for all.
But Death is not easily placated, and Drew’s life will have to get worse before there is any chance for things to get better.
A partly graphic novel.
How? How aren’t people reading this book? Where does Shaun David Hutchinson get the audacity to literally destroy your whole world? Why isn’t the book more popular? Like Harry Potter? Or Twilight? How could I ever convince someone to pick this book up right the hell now and read it and have it destroy you too?
I literally just wrote in my other post that I don’t like to read sad books, but of course I’ve read before from this author and want to read again and it was sad again.
Characters? What are those characters? How can he make them so alive that you could actually picture them sitting by your bed? How can Drew go through so freaking much and still be alive and strong? From the main characters to the side characters they all have so strong personalities, they’re so brave and so full of life.
This story hit me so hard because in my family cancer is a real thing, unfortunately I lost two of my grandparents to cancer.
The relationship among certain characters was so unique, powerful and beautiful that I could scream! They of course weren’t flawless, which is really important for me, because no one is flawless, everyone makes mistakes.
There were also side characters that were so important.
Like the priest and Arnold, they had their own personality and gave the story so freaking much.
This book had so many scenes that I can call my favorites…now I obviously won’t say them, I’ll only give them a ”title” so that you’re not spoiled.
The wheelchair hockey!
I cried and smiled and cried again.
The truth behind the burn, that was so powerful as well.
The things Rusty went through is absolutely heartbreaking and makes you so so angry.
The relationship between Rusty and Drew was so unique and complex and unlike anything I’ve ever read about.
I honestly with all my heart believe that two broken souls can help amend each other, and help each other find a purpose to live.
I also enjoyed all the interactions between the hospital workers and Andrew. How no one actually knew that Andrew lived in the hospital.
Also, they don’t really know the real Drew and that’s because Andrew himself doesn’t want to remember, not until he meets Rusty and comes to think that he doesn’t actually have to be alone.
The chemistry among Trevor, Lexi and Andrew is genuinely one of my favorites ever, because they care for each other in ways that one can’t even begin to imagine.
This is a book unlike any other, I possibly couldn’t pick a favorite among the author’s books, because they’re each so unique with characters and stories that literally, literally stay with you until you’re alive.
Even though I’m one of those readers that actually forgets characters.
I read a book and in a couple of weeks I’ll forget their names, but that’s not the case when it comes to this author.
I do know that this review is a mess, doesn’t really make sense but please, please, READ THIS BOOK! You will not forget this book ever, look at me! Even though I’m trying with everything I can to avoid sad books, I’m still reading this author’s books, because they’re so unique and different with protagonists that are so complex…
Okay, clearly I could go on talking about this book forever, please read this because it’s amazing.
I’m out, bye gays and lesbians and everything in-between.