This book goes back to the 80s when fear and ignorance about AIDS brought out the worst in people. That is the backdrop to this story, but the heart of it is about love and acceptance.
June, the main character, is a fifteen year old girl coping with the loss of her uncle - the one person she felt truly understood her and accepted her for who she was. It is about the loss of her sister as the two girls, once extremely close, begin to make their separate ways in the world. And, it is about the loss of her image of her mother as she starts to see her as a person, complete with flaws. June has to let go of these things to be able to accept herself.
At the same time she is letting go, a new friend comes into her life. This person sees her clearly, in a way that unnerves her and puts the question of who she is and who she is capable of loving front and center.
The author handles the intensity of these relationships and the depth of emotions in a gentle and authentic way, allowing you to feel the pain of those adolescent years as you experience June's struggles. The voice of the character (and the narrator) rings true, and I found myself lost in the story and brought back to experiences in my life where acceptance by others was as crucial as acceptance of myself.
I highly recommend this book. I appreciated that it touched on heavy subjects without becoming maudlin. It is well-paced, well-read, and easy to become immersed in.
This was the best "coming of age" story that I have ever read.
The story pulled my heartstrings and reminded me that also parents and children are part of one family, there can also simultaneously "live" in "parallel "
took a month on purpose I wanted to savor it 😐
a tale that includes a good look at HIV and AIDS and how judgmental the world was and sadly some still are .
Above all else this book is about love. It is about a family. It is about two sisters. And, it is about healing. I enjoyed this so much I had a hard time hitting the post button. I look forward to more from this author.
I am a US Army Social Worker with too many interests in life and not nearly enough time.
I wish i could write a review of this novel that would touch even the fringes of the depth of this story, but alas, i do not possess that skill. Touching and gritty. Loving and hateful. It was an amazing story, read with just the right tone and story telling ability. The best book i have heard or read for years.
How surprised I was that a Daily Deal book could be so wonderful.
I loved how the subject of AIDS in the early 80's was dealt with and the multiple perspectives offered and handled realistically. In addition, the complexity of relationships and different kinds of love was explored gracefully.
No, but I look forward to reading more of her work.
Yes toward the end, the bravery and loyalty and love that came through in several of the characters was quite touching. I won't spoil it for potential readers or listeners, but it's extremely moving.
Thank you to the author for the the exceptionally touching story and for hiring such a perfect narrator to read this book. A story can be ruined by the wrong narrator and in this case I feel she did the story justice.
The narrator was fantastic. I didn't know what to expect with this book, but I am so glad I gave it a listen. I don't know that I have ever read or listened to a book that was so touching. That felt so personal, honest and private.