Author: Anyta Sunday
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
When Cooper’s parents divorce, he finds himself landed in Week About—one week with his mum and one week with his dad.
Only, it’s not just his dad he has to live with. There’s Lila, too: The other woman, the one who stole the rock-solid foundation of his life.
And then . . .
There’s Jace. Lila’s son. Lila’s smug, regurgitated-fish-scale-blue eyed son.
All Cooper wants is to have his family back the way it once was, but there’s something about this boy that promises things will never be the same again.
Resisting the realities of his new life, Cooper and Jace get off to a rocky start. But rocky start or not, after hundreds of shared memories together, they forge something new. A close . . . friendship.
Because friendship is all they can have. Although it’s not like they are real brothers. Technically, they’re not even stepbrothers . . .
But how does that friendship evolve under the pressures of life?
Under pressures of the heart?
So there is this little book that a friend of mine has been hounding me to read for a few weeks now. This friend is not terribly easy to please. I knew going in I was going to be in for a treat. However, that can be a double-edged sword. The book then has to live up to the hype, after all. Rock by Anyta Sunday certainly exceeded the hype for me.
Rock is a story that takes place over about 15 years in the lives of two young boys. Shortly before their first meeting is the day one gains a family and the other loses the only one he knows. They hate each other on sight. As a matter of fact, the first thing Cooper does is kick a soccer ball right into Jace’s face. Things just go down from there… until they don’t. Somewhere along the way they become more. Best friends, in fact. From a few years into their new family, there is an all new kind of tension between the pseudo-step brothers.
Rock is Cooper and Jace’s story. Yes, it tells us what else is going on in each of their lives, to an extent as the years go by, but it always comes back to Jace and Cooper. It is told entirely from Cooper’s first person point of view. As such, you feel what he is feeling. You are with him as he figures out he likes boys… and more specifically the boy across the hall. We are with him as he breaks his heart, repeatedly over said boy. You are there for the elation and despair. You are there when he tries to move on, only to be kicked down again. You weep with him. You hope with him. You live all the twists and turns.
I enjoyed the fact that not everything was spelled out. Sunday let the reader use their intelligence and imagination to fill in the unnecessary details. We are told enough to extrapolate the rest. This story is being told from the point of view of a 12-year-old boy (up until his mid twenties). He doesn’t have all the answers, and so neither do we.
I have no idea where to go from here. I am still in the midst of a pretty epic book hangover.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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