Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Up and Coming: Those Gentle Wounds by Helene Dunbar

These Gentle Wounds by Helene Dunbar

Release date: May 8, 2014

There are stories on the news that scroll by that you can't imagine really happened. When they don't happen to you, it's easy to change the channel and think about something else. But for Gordie, there's no way to change what happened to him and no way to flip the channel and think about something else.

For years, he's been trying his best to live a normal life with the one person who can pull him into the present- his brother, Kevin. He's the goalie for the hockey team and pulling down really good grades and if he can't sleep at night without falling right back into what happened that night, then oh well. But, when Gordie's father shows up with a sudden desire to reconnect, every hard won step he's taken towards moving on may be destroyed.

Gordie's story hit me like a punch to the gut. It would be easy to say that this is over the top, except for the fact that we've read headlines for stories like his. This is mostly a novel about small steps, Gordy is trying so hard to get to where the rest of his classmates are without even thinking. The author skillfully puts the reader in his shoes, it's easy to see how embarrassing it is for him to ask for help (which is why he doesn't) and it's also easy to feel how much he wants to be able to have a relationship with a girl in his English class without telling her each of his issues. It's a quiet book that builds into a something louder as Gordie is forced out of his comfort zone and has to deal with the father he hasn't seen in years.

If you are looking for realistic fiction that will stick in your heart for a while this is one to check out.

More to read:

LIE by Caroline Bock

Try Not to Breathe by Jennifer R. Hubbard

My Beating Teenage Heart by C.K. Kelly Martin 



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