When you’ve been kept caged in the dark, it’s impossible to see the forest for the trees. It’s impossible to see anything, really. Not without bars . . .
Andrew Winston Winters is at war with himself.
He’s part Win, the lonely teenager exiled to a remote Vermont boarding school in the wake of a family tragedy. The guy who shuts all his classmates out, no matter the cost.
He’s part Drew, the angry young boy with violent impulses that control him. The boy who spent a fateful, long-ago summer with his brother and teenage cousins, only to endure a secret so monstrous it led three children to do the unthinkable.
Over the course of one night, while stuck at a party deep in the New England woods, Andrew battles both the pain of his past and the isolation of his present.
Before the sun rises, he’ll either surrender his sanity to the wild darkness inside his mind or make peace with the most elemental of truths—that choosing to live can mean so much more than not dying.
This is a really hard book to review, mostly because there are so many twists, turns and spoiler landmines hidden all throughout this book.
Even if I hated this book, WHICH I DIDN’T, I would’ve given it an extra star right off the bat for premise. I love the blurb for this book. It completely drew me in and bothered me until I got this book and started reading it. AND THE BLURB DOESN’T EVEN BEGIN TO COVER THIS BOOK.
Oh my… tch. There are so many mixed up feelings in my head right now.
This book is not the easiest to read at times. It’s confusing and frustrating at parts. But the psychological element to this book and the mind blowing ending? Was worth it. Totally worth it.
And you know what? The thing I like about this book the most, past all of it’s humor, past all the sadness and twists and amazing writing, was how different it is. It’s unpredictable. Anything and everything I assumed this book would be got blown away. I am, in a word, impressed.
And the length? Wow. Perfect length for me. Right in the middle of the story, I felt like the remaining chapters wouldn’t be enough, but it was.
To finish up, all I can say is that this book is dark and twisted and SHOCKING and awesome. There’s many other words for it too. Heart-wrenching. Dramatic. Unique. Complex. At times, the format bothered me, but I got used to it and began to see what an amazing thing it does to this book. I love it when format does what the format in this story does. The poetic nature of the writing, the characters, the backdrop, the self-conflict, beautiful. I love this book. 4.5 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 224