DISCLAIMER – I received this book for review, but this did not affect my opinions or my review!
I saw this cover on the Netgalley “horror” page and HAD to pick it up. Seriously, it’s gorgeous. So was the inside as great as the outside? Let’s find out!
Seven-year-old Tony has one choice…to live or to die.
My name is Tony.
When I was seven years old the bullies in my class almost killed me; my father was angry that I let it happen but he always hated me.
At thirteen I went to prison for a crime I didn’t commit; it was the worst experience of my life.
Living on the streets was hard; being part of a gang was harder.
Oh, and I did find people to love along the way…and, I would do anything to protect them. Anything.
**WARNING**18+ Readers Only. Graphic content and subject matter.
GENRE – Intense Contemporary (maybe?)
RATING – R (TRIGGER WARNING : Abuse, Sexual Assault, Language, Drugs, Sex, Gangs, Extreme Violence)
LENGTH – 504 pages
PUBLICATION DATE – 4 / 02 / 17
The Good :
- By far the best thing about this book was the characters. I cared so deeply for Tony and those who cared for him. And the one’s who didn’t have Tony’s best interest in mind, were SO detestable.
- The story was so gut wrenching. It was one of those books that NEVER let up! Sometimes that could be a bad thing, but since it was well done and I cared for Tony it really just sucked me in.
- This was written in a pretty believable Philadelphia dialect, which I’ve never read before. Also dialects tend to distract me, but that wasn’t the case with this book.
- THIS BOOK MADE ME CRY!!!
The Meh :
- It was slow to start and there were some spots that dragged. It wasn’t terrible, but there were a couple times that this felt long.
The Bad :
- This isn’t really the book’s fault, but this was marketed as a Horror on Netgalley and it was NOT a horror. It was disappointing to me that it wasn’t in the genre I wanted, but I stilled liked the book a lot.
- STORY – 3.5/5 (it was seriously gut wrenching. It never let up, but at the same time I only lost interest a couple times. I docked some points also because it was slow to start.)
- CHARACTERS – 4/5 (probably the best thing about this book. They all felt so authentic whether they were good guys or bad guys.)
- WRITING – 3.5/5 (I wasn’t impressed but it wasn’t bad. I enjoyed the dialect)
- UNIQUENESS – 3.5/5 (I felt like I have read books similar to this before. But the dialect and mobster elements made it stand out)
- ENJOYMENT – 3.5/5 (Like I said I was really invested in the story and characters. I even cried a little. But it was slow to start and dragged towards the middle.)
ALL IN ALL, I GIVE THIS 3.4 DEPRESSING SITUATIONS OUT OF 5!
Have you read this book? What did you think about it! I’d love to know!
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