Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Will Rory bring them together or stand between them?
Eighteen-year-old Lane Graham has always relied on his braver, more confident buddy, Rory. But Rory’s sudden suicide blindsides Lane and sends him into an emotional tailspin. How’s he supposed to start college in a few months feeling this damaged?
Baron MacDonald knew Rory from playing League of Legends together. He was always intrigued by Lane’s online presence, and Rory had promised to set them up. Now that Rory’s gone, Baron has to approach Lane on his own.
On the surface, Baron and Lane couldn’t seem more different. Baron is confident and serious, and Lane is guarded and uncertain. But it’s the pain beneath the flesh that binds these two souls together like barbed wire and cement.
This story had me crying within a few pages. Which is not a bad thing at all because I really enjoy books that make me feel. Crying means I am connected to the characters, feel for them.
Lane is a quiet kid who struggles with depression and life in general. But he always had his best friend Rory. Until Rory committed suicide and left Lane alone. But as most suicidal people do, Rory laid the groundwork for Lane to meet Baron, an online friend who seems completely different from Lane, but underneath they have similar pain, Baron is just way better at hiding it from the world. And the shared pain of losing Rory.
When I started the book I really wanted to have more story with Rory and Lane, before Lane committed suicide. But as I got deeper into the book, I really appreciated it for where it did begin. Because we don’t really get to know what was behind Rory’s suicide, we could focus more on Lane and Baron and their path.
This wasn’t just about two guys getting together and falling in love. But a shift for both of them. Rory always took care of Lane. Baron was popular and didn’t need anyone’s help. But then Lane began to take care of and help Baron, which I think really helped him take care of himself. To realize what a strong person he could be.
The author did an excellent job of conveying the feelings that come with depression. I felt that this was a beautiful deep story and it stayed with me for a long time.
Cover art by Garrett Leigh.
ebook, 200 pages
Published April 29th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press