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Too Shattered for Mending

by Peter Brown Hoffmeister

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Too Shattered for Mending by Peter Brown Hoffmeister
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    Sep 2017, 384 pages

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Michelle Anya Anjirbag

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A powerful young adult novel about loss, fear, survival and, most of all, hope.

Some books break us a little bit as readers; they force us to walk in the shoes of characters who are so much more than words on a page, who live in an endless mire of challenges, and who still manage to hold on to the slightest sliver of hope without even knowing that this is what they are doing. They teach us, the reader, to be a little bit better at being human. And that is the best thing I can say about Peter Brown Hoffmeister's third novel: it broke me. The book follows Gavin "Little" McCardell through his life in Pierce, Idaho, where, for all intents and purposes, he seems to be just holding things together on his own.

Little is used to being independent, but it is unsettling to read about how alone and unsupported he really is. His story moves back and forth in time, traveling his memories while also detailing his present life. What is noticeable is who is absent: Where is...

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