When Travis returns home from Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s stolen his girlfriend and car, and the nightmares of his best friend getting killed keep him completely spooked. But when he runs into Harper, a girl who despises him for rumors Travis started back in middle school, life actually starts looking up. And as he and Harper see more of each other, he falls deeper in love with her and begins to find his way through the family meltdown, the post-traumatic stress and the possibility of a interesting future. His sense of humor, sense of his own strength and incredible sense of honor make Travis an irresistible and eminently loveable hero in this fantastic and timely debut novel. (Summary taken from Goodreads).
Why I picked it up: Another book written by Trish Doller “Where the Stars Still Shine” was one of my favorite books last year. She is a great writer and I wanted to read more of her work.
Why I finished it: It is difficult to put into words why I liked this book. It seems rather disturbing to enjoy something so much that touches on such a depressing and life changing experience that is serving in the military during wartime. Travis has just returned from serving in Afghanistan where he watched his closest friend get blown up. Travis struggles with returning back to a place that was once a home but no longer feels like it. Nightmares haunt him along with his future. He really has to learn how to move forward with help of a lovely girl named Harper. Thank goodness for Harper who is so strong and supportive.
I’d give it to: Anyone who has experienced the military life. I have a brother who served in Iraq and this story helped me feel more connected to his experience.
I’d give it: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Maggie (Parr Library)