My BOOKS

 
Love and the Sea and Everything in Between

College Freshman Adam West's world has been falling apart for a long time. Broken, betrayed, abandoned, alone... there's nothing left for him but a handful of mental illnesses. He's tired and ready to end it all. Then, Elizabeth Richards comes along. All it took was the kindness of a stranger to make Adam's world a just little bit brighter. For the first time in a long time, as they travel the West Coast together, he's starting to see that there are still some adventures worth living for. But pain isn't easily forgotten. And the past doesn't just disappear. Sometimes the only way to come alive is to fight and wrestle through all the darkest places.

 

For fans of Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower and John Green's The Fault in Our Stars, Brian McBride's debut shines a light on some of the darkest places of human struggle. Heart-rending and raw, it reminds us that love has the power to bring healing to even the most broken places. 

 
Every Bright and Broken Thing

Haunted by the last question their mother ever asked them, the Greyson brothers struggle to cope with their grief and adjust to life after tragedy. 


Semi-popular sixteen-year-old Liam spends his nights performing as the lead singer of his high school indie alternative/rock band, Liam and the Landmarks. But something happened to Liam four years ago at his friend's house - a secret Liam will take to his grave. But in small towns like Summit, Colorado, secrets always seem to find their way out. 


Twenty-four-year-old Ezra thought that he could cure his grief when he left Summit behind for a prestigious art school in Chicago, but things only got worse. Now a college dropout working at a gas station mini mart, he turns to alcohol, prescription painkillers, and meaningless one-night stands. But Ezra can't run forever - life always catches up with you. 


With abrasively honest dual-perspective narratives, Every Bright and Broken Thing illustrates the unbreakable bond between brothers and the power in coming home.

 
Sons of Slaughter

Addictively gritty, abrasively honest, and utterly compelling, Sons of Slaughter is perfect for fans of Looking for Alaska by John Green, Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, and Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman.


It’s 1994 in the small town of Clatskanie, Oregon. In a struggle to escape the grasp of his stepfather, a violent drunk, Beck stumbles upon his late grandfather’s cabin abandoned in the woods. With his best friend, Dean - just released from his stay at a mental hospital after his failed suicide attempt - Beck sets out to repair it. 


Defiant Beck has always been a daydreamer. For years, his only escape from his stepfather’s torment was a world he created for himself in his mind. But little by little the lines between the two worlds begin to blur until soon he becomes convinced that the world in which he is Beck isn’t the real world at all.


Quiet Dean never meant to get his girlfriend pregnant, but despite threats made by his former gang, the West Coast Howlers, he’s more determined than ever to create a life for himself, Emilia, and their unborn child. Dean, usually the one who doesn’t control anything, soon finds himself at the epicenter of a storm that threatens the lives of those he loves most.


With explosively vivid and startlingly sharp prose, Sons of Slaughter forms a compelling narrative about the battlefield that lies both within us and around us, and what it means to fight – and bleed – for the ones we love.

BM

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