Inside cover blurb:
In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.
When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.
This book was good from the beginning, but the second half blew me away. Aaron’s neighborhood and his group of friends seem so realistic. And the ending totally left me hanging! Particularly because I was reading it on a Kindle so I was convinced there was still more that just hadn’t loaded yet…still waiting.
Plus: Heart-breaking plot, a wonderful depiction of the ups and downs of male friendship. A twist you don’t see coming.
Minus: Still trying to get inside the main character’s head, but that’s honestly a good thing- this story stays with you.
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