Breath to Breath: 5/5 Stars (out on November 10, 2015) I

Breath to Breath: 5/5 Stars (out on November 10, 2015) I

10/1/2021, 3:07:00 PM
Breath to Breath: 5/5 Stars (out on November 10, 2015) I have discussed many novels/stories that are written through poems, but had never actually read one before "Breath to Breath". I like poetry, but I am not in to it enough to read it at length. I wondered out loud to my blogging counterpart @arbraithwaite (a published poet herself) if you could really get deeply involved with characters, the world, and the story in a form that contained less than half the words of a regular novel. She told me that if it was done well, it could be better than regular novels. . And she was right. The imagery and story were vivid and engaging. This kind of story telling, this art form, takes some serious talent and Craig Lew has it. After a serious incident involving two creeps and his fists, seventeen-year-old William has two choices: move in with his estranged dad or face juvie. Needless to say, William packs up from the only home he remembers with his grandparents to move into a less than welcoming situation with his dad. . It's only a few days after William's arrival at his new home that he accidentally encounters a four-year-old boy who says things that make it clear he is being sexually abused. William takes it upon himself to figure out what's going on with the boy and help him. But as he seeks out the boy and those who are hurting him through the streets of his old neighborhood, memories from William's childhood there begin to resurface and he discovers that he and the boy share a disturbing connection. The rage that consumes him sends him on a path to kill everyone responsible for the terrible pain they have caused them. .... I should say that this book does contain some graphic content related to child sexual abuse, but it's not over the top or meant to shock, even though it will break your heart and make you really angry. This book, based on a true story, contains a beautiful message of how to find love, forgiveness, and compassion in the face of the most unforgivable of crimes, and how to define yourself instead of letting others or a situation define your future. . Totally recommend for poetry and non-poetry readers alike. Link in bio for full review.

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