Rating: 5 star out of 5 stars
At seventeen, Sasha is a little lost and a lot lonely. He craves friendship and love, but although he’s outwardly confident, his self-destructive tendencies cause problems, and he pushes people away. Making sculptures out of the broken glass he collects is the only thing that brings him any peace, but it’s not enough and everyday he feels himself dying a little more inside. Until he meets Thomas.
Thomas is shy but sure of himself in a way Sasha can’t understand. He makes it his mission to prove to Sasha that he is worthy of love, and doesn’t give up even when Sasha hurts him. Little by little Sasha begins to trust Thomas. And when Sasha is forced to confront his past he realises accepting the love Thomas gives him is the only way to push back the darkness.
I’m telling you that Suki Fleet is becoming a favorite of mine. Her writing is so beautifully done. She has the power to reach inside of you, and rip out all your emotions. I expect to cry reading her books, and I love every second of it. The Glass House was no different. It flowed from beginning to end effortlessly. I absolutely loved her characters in this one, and I liked the concept…a lot. I normally don’t read YA but this YA had definitely surpassed all expectations. I loved every second of it..
Sasha is remorseful, and cynical in a way a teenager should not be. I was rooting for him from the start. He doesn’t have it easy with his life. I almost felt sorry for him, but then I stopped because he stopped feeling sorry for himself. I know all about teenage angst and the ability to lash out to hurt others in order to protect yourself. Goodness, someone was looking out for him, because they sent Sasha a beautiful loving angel in Thomas. Thomas made me smile so much. He did not want much; he just wanted to be loved and to give love. I truly like how they came together; there was such innocence about them together.
I think Sasha reacted in a way that made sense. He’s still emotionally closed off from being abandoned by his mother. Her reappearance in his life had the potential to push him over the edge. If it wasn’t for Corinne and Thomas I don’t think emotionally Sasha could have recovered.
I liked Corinne and Thomas’s grandmother; those two women were very supportive in these boys’ lives. I was so happy at the end, and even those moments of uncertainty weren’t enough to steer clear for me. I will be reading more by Suki Fleet.
Cover Art by: Aaron Anderson. I think this cover was beautifully done. This is how Sasha sees himself, and he was in the darkness for a long time, before he was able to come into the light. I like the symbolism of it.
ebook, 180 pages, also available in paperback
Published April 16th 2015 by Harmony Ink Press
original titleThe Glass House