by Nyrae Dawn (Goodreads Author)
His whole life Carter’s fought to hold it together: To help Mom run their store. To be there for his special needs sister, Sara, and be the perfect boyfriend Mel wants. To dominate on the basketball court—the only place he ever feels free. And to carry Mom up the stairs when she’s too smashed to make it on her own.
It isn't like she has a problem. Mom loves them. If she doesn't drink every day, she's not really an alcoholic, right?
Then Kira Dawson, a girl with a bipolar wardrobe and rotating hairstyles comes to town. Somehow, she sees the truths he hides from the world. “You have skeletons, too, Carter Shaw. Don’t think I don’t know it.” For the first time, he wants someone to see his inner scars—to really know him.
When his mom finally goes too far, will Carter be able to man-up, even if it means turning his back on her and stepping out from behind the façade he’s fought so hard to keep in place?
Sooooo this book Gah! What can I say it leads you on an emotional rollercoaster. No child should have to deal with the pressure like Carter has to deal with. The pressure of keeping your family together and his mother's alcoholism. Is such a heavy burden.
From the beginning you feel for Carter and you want him to get a break and find a bit of freedom and happiness. Now lets talk about Sara. I love her. Her spirit and love is captured so well in this story.
Kira is also such a breath of fresh air especially compared to Mel :(. Carter's trials and tribulations are rough but his friends and family are a great support system when he finally asks for help.
This story has ups and downs with funny parts, sad parts, sweet parts, heart wrenching parts but lead you on a loving journey to freedom.
Definitely worth a read. This book evoked many emotions for days after I read it (Always a good sign of a great book)
5 Fantastic Thumbs up!