Genre: Young Adult-Contemporary
Author: Nyrae Dawn
Release Date: July 18, 2012
Book: E-copy sent by author
"His whole life Carter’s fought to hold it together: To help Mom run their store. To be there for his special needs sister, Sara, and be the perfect boyfriend Mel wants. To dominate on the basketball court—the only place he ever feels free. And to carry Mom up the stairs when she’s too smashed to make it on her own.
It isn't like she has a problem. Mom loves them. If she doesn't drink every day, she's not really an alcoholic, right?
Then Kira Dawson, a girl with a bipolar wardrobe and rotating hairstyles comes to town. Somehow, she sees the truths he hides from the world. “You have skeletons, too, Carter Shaw. Don’t think I don’t know it.” For the first time, he wants someone to see his inner scars—to really know him.
When his mom finally goes too far, will Carter be able to man-up, even if it means turning his back on her and stepping out from behind the façade he’s fought so hard to keep in place?"
Sometimes teenagers carry too much on their shoulders. Their forced to deal with burdens that are not theirs. It's make them grow up too fast and creates bitterness in their hearts for having something forced on them too fast, too young. This story is amazing!
What I loved about this story, is the plot. Carter is a faced with a home life that is starting to show. He can't fake his facade any more. And just when he is about to break down he meets Kira. A happy go-lucky gal who can without a doubt, see right through him. I loved that the plot never sways from the importantance of Carter finding the truth. He does his best to put it "out of sight,out of mind." But it always comes back to haunt him.
The love interest is Carter's coping mechanism It reminds Carter of who he is really is and what he should be doing. Kira touches his heart in ways the were never before. She brings peace to him when he needs an escape. And she is first and foremost his friend. Even though she knew from the beginning what Carter is hiding, she doesn't push him but slowly brings him to recognition of what he must do. It's like she was he guardian angel, bring him to the light. Beautiful yet, amazing.
Freeing Carter is another great debut that you can not miss. It's brings such a heart-breaking situation to light, slowly tearing down every wall that Carter created. Freeing Carter is an amazing yet true scenario of what some teens experiences. Teens are too busy trying to save others, when teens just need someone to saves them as well. Impossible to turn away, Freeing Carter is flawless.
I give it 5 BITES!