“Their strength and ferocity stem from below the surface where their roots are forever tangled, interwoven in such a way that for the remainder of time they bloom together …”
No one loves them, no one cares about them, no one even sees them until they end up in Mary Rodriguez’s home, an outpost for Sacred Heart’s troubled youth program. It is within these walls that the four teens forge unlikely friendships. They experience the intensity of first loves, share secrets, and suffer losses, vowing to make the world a better place in spite of their personal battles with addiction, depression, loneliness, and abuse. But when the unthinkable happens, those friendships are tested in ways they never could have imagined.
Will they find strength enough to survive or will their bonds be too fractured to heal them yet again?
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★★★★ 4 𝓢𝓽𝓪𝓻 𝓡𝓮𝓿𝓲𝓮𝔀 ★★★★
My thoughts on this one are all over the place. I knew going in that this one was going to be one that would be heavy on my heart. And I was not wrong. This is a very emotionally charged book. Who better to write it than Simmons? She has a way with weaving her words in such a profound way. Her books will always tug at my heart; at least that is my experience.
My only negative, well not negative-I'm not sure the what the right word would be, is the heavy profoundness that these children possess. Like I said, it's not really a negative. It was hard for me to think of kids at 16-18 holding such deep profound conversations and thoughts. On one hand, they are trying to heal and find their meaning in life, but then on the other hand, they had such deep, profound thoughts for one another. They felt very contradictory to me in that aspect.
This book is definitely not a fast paced book. It moves quite slowly. Not a lot of big things happen, but when they do happen, your heart is in your throat. The few major things are big, and they make the book such a great piece of art.
I was definitely moved and devoted to these characters on their tragic and emotionally charged paths. The story is written with such great prose that I couldn't help but feel like I was a part of their story. If you're reading this review and are looking for an epic, emotion filled story, this is definitely the one for you.