By: Chelsea Fine
Pub. Date: June 20, 2011
Publisher: Acacia Publishers
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 neighbour 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?
Sophie and Carter are neighbors. At school they pretend that they don't really know each other because they like to pretend they are normal, but at home they are each other's protector, best friend, and family. Sophie has been having to raise her younger brothers and sisters ever since her mom started doing drugs and prostituting. Carter has to take care of his mentally ill mom ever since his father beat him and his mother so much, she has become brain damaged. Both characters are so lost but through each other they can find the peace they need and start to heal.
Told in the POV of both Sophie and Carter we learn about their sad pasts through the eyes of the other. I thought this was brilliantly done and so heartbreaking. They both broke my heart, but reading how Carter got all of his scars, just about killed me. There were tears in my eyes, and I never cry when I read!
These two damaged people deserve each other so much and I loved, loved, loved reading their story. I would recommend reading this book to every single person I meet. It's completely worth it!