**I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
Do not Sarah Crossan books fool you. They are quick reads as they are written in verse, but holy cow they pack a heck of a punch. I have yet to read one of her books that I walk away from not sobbing. She has done it again with Moonrise.
Short recap: Joe has not had an easy childhood. Everything got worse for him and his sister after their brother, Ed, was sent to Death Row for murder. Ed’s execution date has been sent and Joe realizes that he needs to make up for lost time. Joe packs the few possessions he has and boards a bus for Texas. While in the very small country town, Joe begins to discover more about himself and as much time as he can with his brother that he won’t have for much longer.
This is a quick read of a story but it will absolutely stay with you for a long time after you put the book down. It did that to me. I still have not stopped thinking about it. I did not expect to be so emotionally vested in this story. Crossan did a brilliant job of conveying all of the emotions in so few words so that you can actually feel Joe’s pain, his sadness, his hopelessness. I quickly found myself cheering along with Joe for his brother’s pardon and for things to work out for Joe. I also cheered for him after he was given the chance he needed to acquire a job, something he desperately needed.
Joe was marvelously written. I found myself wanting to reach through the pages and hug him all of the time. I wanted to be able to tell him that he would be okay, everything would work out. He was brutally flawed and complex in a way that made him that much more believable. He only wanted to make things better for him and his family but life kept finding a way to hold him back far enough for things to be out of his read. It was painful and gut-wrenching to read about everything Joe and his siblings went through but life is not always nice and does not always play fair.
I really am trying not to give anything away with this story. As you can see, I am struggling to find the right words to properly describe how much I loved this story. I really want everyone to give this a chance. This is the second Crossan story I’ve ever read and it was just as powerful as the first. I am now a lifetime fan and want everyone to read her books.
**I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**
I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect when I started this as I had not read anything by Crossan before but the premise sounded amazing. I was not prepared to be hit directly in the feels. When I finished this, I was ugly crying and I regret nothing.
Short recap: Nicu, an immigrant from Romania who is being forced into an arranged marriage, and Jess, a teen with a very troubled home life, cross paths in an unusual way. As they become closer their dark secrets are revealed. Just how far are they willing to go to help each other out of their bad situations?
This story hit me right in the feels. Hard. The writing style too me a minute to get used to but once I did, this story flowed. It was beautiful, emotional, heart shattering, and raw. I loved every minute of this story. It is told in alternating POV so when it was Nicu’s chapter, the broken English made me feel as if he were sitting next to me telling me his story. It felt real. It felt believable. It was captivating. It made me connect to him even more. Same with Jess’ chapters. The horrors that girl went through on a daily basis hurt my soul. I wanted to save her myself. These two together just worked. Nicu was trying to escape his parents and the arranged marriage they are setting up. He does not want to marry a stranger, he wants to live his own life. Jess wants to escape her abusive stepfather and enabling mother. Together these two try to save each other from what could be a terrible future. The ending is one I did not see coming. Just when I thought I had it figured out, Crossan threw a wonderful curve ball that knocked me for a loop. Well done!
This is a very quick read but it is a powerful story. Crossan did a fantastic job of breathing life into her characters, as did Conaghan. This is not just a story of two teens trying to run away from a bad life, it touches on heavy, serious social issues like domestic violence, racial profiling, and racism. Some of the comments made toward Nicu were hard to read. That may be because things like that are said every day whether we realize it or not.
I hope everyone gives this story a chance. It is an important and current story. I think this is one that needs to be told. It is about transcending barriers and testing friendships. As I mentioned, this was an emotional read and it has stayed with me long after I put the book down. Please, add this to your TBR. Read it and come back to talk to me about it. Let me know your thoughts.
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!
This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:
We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan & Brian Conaghan
“From two acclaimed authors comes an emotional story told in verse about friendship, love, and overcoming unbeatable odds.
Authors Brian Conaghan and Sarah Crossan have joined forces to tell the story of Nicu and Jess, two troubled teens whose paths cross in the unlikeliest of places.
Nicu has emigrated from Romania and is struggling to find his place in his new home. Meanwhile, Jess’s home life is overshadowed by violence. When Nicu and Jess meet, what starts out as friendship grows into romance as the two bond over their painful pasts and hopeful futures. But will they be able to save each other, let alone themselves?
For fans of Una LaMarche’s Like No Other, this illuminating story told in dual points of view through vibrant verse will stay with readers long after they’ve turned the last page.”
Have you heard of this one? Is it on your TBR?