He found me in blood and tears.
I stayed with him through darkness and fire.
We loved each other in the moment between innocence and bitter truth.
We were the kids easily ignored, who grew into adults we hardly knew.
We weren’t meant to last forever. And we didn’t.
He ran away.
I tried to move on.
Yet I never stopped thinking about the boy who had fought to keep me alive in a world that would have swallowed me whole. He was the past that I buried, but never forgot.
Until the day I found him again, years after believing I had lost him forever.
And in cold, resentful eyes, I saw the heart of the man who had been everything when I had nothing at all. So I vowed to hold onto the second chance that was stolen from the children we had been.
Sometimes fate is ugly. Life can be twisted.
And who we are can be ruined by who we once were.
For two people who had survived so much, we would have to learn how to hold on before we were forced to let go.
Anguish. Complete and utter Anguish.
This book created such a gut-wrenching reaction from me that I literally was texting my friend every 2 minutes with my reaction to this book, especially as the story was reaching its resolution. Even though it tore my heart our and put it back together, this would still be a go-to read for me to pull me out of any book slump.
This story is one of heartbreak and pain and ultimately redemption. A. Meredith Walters creates this beautiful story of homeless kids. As a reader, you get to see their struggle to survive and the hardships they endure, but you also get to see the families that they create. The bond between Yoss and Imi comes alive and is almost palpable for the reader, and their lives together are full or tragedy. As the reader, the author’s words make your heart hope for them as kids and break for them as adults. Their journey is full of ups and downs, and it seems as though all the trials they endure will be for naught, and, although I won’t reveal the ending, the reader will be left satisfied with the resolution of their story.
This book affected me in ways that most books haven’t. Although I get emotional about books, few affect me in the way this book did. It truly is a 5-star-must-read!