5 great stars!
“My brain might be cracked, but it’s not just my brain. The sky is cracked too, and I can sometimes see what’s on the other side.”
When you open an Amy Harmon book you know there’s going to be a variety of emotions. She knows how to test the boundaries of each genre and write outside the box. No actually, there’s no box when it comes to her, she destroys it and just writes epic stories. This was my second AH book and for sure it won’t be my last, I’ve learned one thing from reading her books though: Never expect and never read too many reviews. Less is more when it comes to her, it’s not about spoiling the story, it’s about letting the story wrap you in a veil of epicness and travel you through the world of AH’s books.
“If I tell you right up front, right in the beginning that I lost him, it will be easier for you to bear. You will know it’s coming, and it will hurt. But you’ll be able to prepare.”
While reading the book my mind was already forming a review which of course for the life of me I can’t remember but it was good, I can tell you that much! To say that she can write a mean story is an understatement, in fact I’m pretty sure I could find a book of hers between countless books; there’s a way she writes that even the smallest detail matters and it makes sense and when one would usually ignore it, those details demand the reader’s attention.
“Give me five greats. Five things that are great about today. About life.”
Those who are familiar with her stories will find themselves questioning a lot. Her books always have a little bit of everything, maybe that’s what makes it so addictive and hard to put down, always leaving the reader with the best of memories after a roller coaster of emotions. My personal suggestion for this particular book is to not read any reviews. By now the book theme is kind of out there but if you truly want to experience the book at its best, then don’t let other reviews spoil even a little bit of it. That’s where the magic happens usually, when you open a book and dive into the unknown. It will blur the lines of multiple genres, it will surprise you and it will confuse you. It’s all part of the story, just enjoy the ride.
Moses and Georgia’s story is so special and so hard to explain without giving the main plot away. I don’t want to say that all Amy Harmon stories have a special way of connecting the main characters because every book is unique no matter the similarities but I admire the way she brings two characters together.
Moses is the crack baby, born to an addict mom, abandoned in a laundromat. He made the news. And even though a sad baby story is what people love, babies eventually grown up and being the crack baby is no longer cute. The crack baby becomes the unwanted pariah and he is frowned upon.
“I imagined the crack baby, Moses, having a giant crack that ran down his body, like he’d been broken at birth. I knew that wasn’t what the term meant, but the image stuck in my mind. Maybe the fact that he was broken drew me to him from the start.”
Moses is special on so many levels I can’t even begin to describe him. But most of all, he’s brilliant and his talent can’t be contained. Discovering that not only he loves to paint but he’s pretty damn good at it, he paints everywhere. Georgia is the small town girl, she loves horses and she has no idea what famous artists Moses is speaking of, but even if the rest of the town are somewhat afraid of the crack baby, she can’t stay away.
Their brief romance and the effortless way they loved each other despite whatever was going on around them – or in spite of it for that matter – was beautiful to read. They taught one another to appreciate the little things whenever life sucked. Moses’ secret, the one thing that made this story and him so special is woven so deeply into the story, it was a surprise and I happily embraced it. Hands down one of the best books I’ve read this year!