Words have the power to heal
"We're not friends. We're just volunteer partners.
Once our shift is over, we don't know each other."
"I hate you sometimes."
"What about the rest of the time?"
" . . . the opposite, I guess."
Heartsick from the death of his mother and heartsore from breaking up with his girlfriend, Dee Warrington is barely getting by.
Eccentric with mad style, Naya’s had straight As since the seventh grade, and when she makes a pinky promise, she means it.
Both find themselves at Salvation Hill Nursing Home, volunteering during their summer break. There they meet Marie Delden—a former aspiring poet with a mysterious backstory. As Dee and Naya read through Marie’s poems, they begin to unravel Marie’s past . . . and discover their own future.
Inspired by a true story, Warona Jolomba shares a tale of love and loss, and a bond that forms in the unlikeliest of places.
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Inspired by a true story, after Dee’s mom dies he ends up living with his alcoholic, sometimes abusive brother. Dee meets Naya and they both become friends as they volunteer at a nursing home and work with a woman, Marie,who has Alzheimer’s. As Dee and Naya become more than friends, issues from both their pasts come up which threaten their friendship. Marie tells them peace of mind comes from within, and they realize they can’t depend on anybody because people change. Naya knows her past is looking forward to the future, and Dee knows he can have a new life and move onward and upwards.
I initially found the storyline challenging to get into, but once I figured out all of the characters (there are a lot) and how their stories fit together I was deeply invested. I thought the focus of the book would be on the woman in the nursing home but the characters’ own backstories seemed to take over. I was slightly disappointed not to have resolution about Marie but I appreciated the growth of the other characters. The author tackled heavy situations from a variety of perspectives and didn’t shy away from portraying realistic emotions. I thought this was a great YA read. Thanks to NetGalley for the advanced e-reader copy. #NetGalley