When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he's got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn't easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can't complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian--the foster brother he hasn't seen in five years.
Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He's still kind hearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what's really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives.
Synopsis from Indigo.ca
This is a haunting, gut wrenching book and one of my favourite books of 2017. When I started reading, I wasn't sure where this book was going. My heart went out to Julian in every chapter, because we know that something is happening to him but we don’t discover just how horrible it is until much later. And when we do find out, I just ended up crying and covering my mouth in horror as we read what Julian is forced to go through.
There are so many things I loved about this book, so I'll try to be as concise as possible.
I’m so happy I decided to read this book and it’s one that I know I will re-read again and again. I highly recommend it to absolutely everything; it’s a hard story to read but one that you should really read it anyways.
FINAL RATING: 5/5
Hi, I'm Alexandra! I love reading (largely YA fiction, but sometimes I'll read "adult" books), playing board games, Nutella, and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix with my husband.
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