This week on the blog we’re reading a heartfelt story by author Adam P. Schmitt. This is a read that can be enjoyed by anyone, with its more psychological themes and mature character dynamics. Lets take a look.

The Story: The last thing Jimmy wants to do is go to his cousin’s funeral. Ok, the last thing he wants to do is go in pants that threaten to cut off the circulation below his waist. No, scratch that, the very last thing he wants to do is give a speech in too-tight pants at his cousin’s wake. Did Jimmy dislike his cousin? That would be light way to put it. It’s not as if he doesn’t have reason – Patrick made a mess of everything he touched, even the stuff that matters most. No wonder he’s having such a hard time finding something to speak about when it comes to his cousin. What can one say about a boy he hardly liked, let alone can find a really good memory about. But as Jimmy remembers his cousin and goes over his memories he realizes that maybe, just maybe, there’s more to the boy he’s grown up with then he’s given him credit for – and maybe Patrick has given him something to say after all.

My Thoughts: From the first sentence of this book, my attention was grabbed. This is an interesting read that really grabs one’s attention. It’s superbly well written, with a voice that feels real and a protagonist who is at turns alarming and sympathetic. This is a book that one can enjoy, regardless of age. With its mature themes, subtle character relationships, and satisfying ending, this is a book that will leave you thoughtful and wanting to read more from the author.

Parental Advisories: This book has one almost cuss (b****) and one obvious cuss a**hole. Parental discretion advised, but it’s up to you. This is definitely a good book to discuss with the reader no matter their age.

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