As I mentioned before, the last book I read (during spring break) was The Year It Snowed In April by Eva Bottiér.
Plot: Avery Clarke, 13, is living with his grandparents. He’s a straight “A” student and a model child who has never given his family trouble. Then one Easter Sunday, his rebellious mother, Carla, returns. Although he accepts her lack of maternal instincts for him, he is fascinated by her and wants to spend as much time with her as possible, but quickly finds himself spiraling out of control. One tragic night, Avery loses everything that means the world to him and is forced to move in with Carla… permanently. Soon after, he’s led into a world of dysfunction and darkness.
As Avery grows into a young man, he is determined to hide the secrets he’s accumulated from the world. He struggles to suppress his psychosis and obtain some sense of normalcy in his life. But when the tables are turned yet again, Avery is given crosses no young person should ever have to bear. Will he ultimately delve within himself for the strength and sanity that was stolen from him or will he awaken the monster that has been lurking beneath the surface created by years of suffering and abuse?
My Thoughts: I started off reading this by myself (or at least being the only one interested), but by the last chapter both me and my boyfriend were on the edge of our seats wondering how the story would end. Bottier gives us a no holds barred tale. I found myself going through a range of emotions at the situations Avery found himself in: sadness, happiness, joy, disgust, anger, and surprise. This novel is a great read. The characters are complex and the storyline is intriguing with an unpredictable twist at the end. If you liked Push by Sapphire, I think you’ll like this one too. It’s a wonderful choice for a book club. Definitely get this one, it’s a must-read!