What Remains by Helene Dunbar
Release Date: May 8, 2015
Cal's life revolves around his baseball career and his two best friends, Spencer and Lizzie. The three of them are inseparable and have been for years. Spence and Cal spend a lot of time trying to make up for Lizzie's horrible homelife and offering comfort when they can't quite make up the balance. Between that and trying to decide between going straight in to a life of professional sports or college, he's got a pretty full plate.
When one night takes two of the three most important things in Cal's life away from him, he's left picking up the pieces to a world that now seems much emptier. On everything Cal is also swamped with guilt that it's his fault things are the way they are now. Getting through a day of high school used to be so easy he barely realized he was doing, now each day feels like a marathon with no end in sight. Can an old crush and an old friend help find a new normal or will he let grief fill up the vacuum tragedy has left in his life?
Helene Dunbar is out to step on your heart. In both her last book, These Gentle Wounds, and this one she deals with guys who have had serious trauma in their lives and the grief and guilt that goes with it. They are thoughtful and difficult and both feature guys who are working hard to just get through it. Would you call them tear-jerkers if these guys don't let themselves cry? Realistic fiction for those who like to turn the feels up to eleven.