Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Tough Issues/PTSDTitle: These Gentle Wounds
Author: Helene DunbarPublisher: FluxPublication Date: May 8th, 2014Page count: 312 Pages
Format: EbookSource: Free copy provided for tour by host and publisher.
Sometimes I wish I’d lost a leg or something. Everyone can understand that. They never get it when what’s been broken is inside your head. Five years after an unspeakable tragedy that changed him forever, Gordie Allen has made a new home with his half-brother Kevin. Their arrangement works since Kevin is the only person who can protect Gordie at school and keep him focused on getting his life back on track. But just when it seems like things are becoming normal, Gordie’s biological father comes back into the picture, demanding a place in his life. Now there’s nothing to stop Gordie from falling into a tailspin that could cost him everything—including his relationship with Sarah, the first girl he’s trusted with the truth. With his world spinning out of control, the only one who can help Gordie is himself . . . if he can find the strength to confront the past and take back his future.
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*The Reader's Review*
When I started reading These Gentle Wounds I felt like if someone spilled a bucket of cold water over my head. Seriously, this book chilled me at the beginning and a little bit more further inside. I liked how Helene Dunbar wrote this story with stark honesty without sugarcoating the after effects of traumatizing events. Although it is sad, I think this is the best way to understand what the characters are really going through.
Okay, maybe "understand" is a strong word. Try to understand works better here. I think I will never fully get what Gordie and the rest of the characters lived through, and I seriously don't wish to ever be in their positions. I admire their strength, bravery and support towards each other though. It's amazing even when everything is going so wrong. A good example of this is the relationship between Gordie and his half-brother, Kevin. I think it's so beautiful! It's absolutely my favorite part of the story because their bond is so strong and pure. I just wish Kevin's dad would have been this way with both of them too.
There's also a little bit of romance inside this book that will surely bring out a smile in your face. I smiled several times actually. After all, These Gentle Wounds is in a way a coming of age book. For Gordie, this finally is something bright to look forward to even when everything else is falling apart.
All in all, I'm glad I had the chance to read These Gentle Wounds and to have met Gordie. It wasn't very gentle to my heart but I believe it's a great read. I encourage you to give this book a try, and to not be afraid of getting a bit hurt in the process. It's worth it in the end.
Meet the Author:
Helene Dunbar usually writes features about fiddles and accordions for Irish Music Magazine, but she’s also been known to write about court cases, theater, and Native American Indian tribes.She's lived in two countries, six states, and is currently holed up in Nashville with her husband, daughter, two cats, and the world’s friendliest golden retriever.THESE GENTLE WOUNDS is Helene’s debut novel with Flux Books.
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