While other high school seniors are dreaming about their futures, Sophie and Carter are just trying to make it through each day. Carter is overwhelmed by issues at home as he struggles to support his mother. Meanwhile, next door neighbor Sophie is left to care for her three younger siblings in place of their absent and troubled mother. All that holds these two best friends together is each other, and knowing that each night they'll sit together on Sophie's front porch swing and escape from reality, if just for awhile. But as their relationship reaches a turning point and high school graduation nears, will their friendship become something more?
Paperback, 128 pages
Published June 20th 2011 by Acacia Publishing, Inc.
This was a beautifully written and at times heart wrenching story! It was not what I expected when I picked it up at all!! Seeing the book around I thought I would pick it up and to be honest I didn't even read the description or any reviews, just ratings. Horrible I know but when I started reading it I don't regret my decision.
Sophie has been through a lot in her 18 years. Yet she comes off as the sweet, optimist and you love her guts (you will get that if you read the book). She cares for her younger siblings and has no normal teenage life but she doesn't resent them for that and it breaks your heart to know what she not only is going through but what she would do for them. There is no words to describe the inner strength that she has. It is made very clear the feelings she has for Carter but she doesn't say anything. She is content just to have him.
Carter has been through hell and back. He cares for his mother before and after school. He doesn't get to be a regular teenage boy because he loves his mom more than anything and doesn't want her to get taken away. I LOVE Carter. In some ways he may be a little broken but with what has dealt with can you blame him. His light at the end of the tunnel is Sophie but he wont tell her. He tries to help her but he has a lot of his own things to deal with.
You will be drawn into this book from the first chapter! It is a short 128 pages and trust me there is so much emotion and heart ache in those pages you wont even notice that you have read them. This is overall an amazing read and you will be holding tears back happy or sad at many spots in the book. If you are looking for a quick but emotion packed read this is your book!!!