Overall 5 Stars
Performance 5 Stars
Story 5 Stars
This book was very good and David Dietz did a fine job of narrating it. His voice was perfect David Johnson who is 17 when the book opens and is 20 years old at the end. Obviously this book covers quite a stretch of time.
David is your typical high school senior, well not so typical. He wears make up and has piercings all over his face and likes to dress in black like his friends who are also goth.
One cold winter day he and his friends are out at the lake when a church van pulls into the parking lot loaded with other high school kids from a local church. One of those kids is Lucy, the most popular girl in school. David has been crushing on her for quite some time, but as far as he knows she doesn’t even know his name.
Lucy, wearing a black snowsuit and new ice skates heads out on the frozen lake in Montana but ventures out too far where the ice is thinner. The ice breaks and she falls through it into the freezing water. When her boyfriend who tries to rescue her gets scared and backs away from her leaving her to drown in the freezing water David steps in and rescues Lucy nearly falling into the water himself.
Now both David and Lucy are cold, wet and freezing and almost hypothermic. After David pulls Lucy from the lake both of them are quickly rushed to a waiting car that is running and has the heat blasting. They are both stripped out of the wet clothes and covered in blankets and then are rushed to the nearest hospital. On the way there, Lucy lays her head over on David and runs her fingers through his hair. This will be important later in the book.
At the hospital they are eventually separated into different rooms to spend the night, but Lucy leaves her room and comes to Davids and climbs into bed with him. Upon his release from the hospital the next day the police inform him that he will be taken to live with his grandmother who lives an hour away from Cladispell where his friends and high school are. You see David’s father has been physically abusing him for years, and this is not the first time he has been taken from his widower father who is an abusive alchoholic.
Thus begins David and Lucy’s up and down on again off again relationship that will take them through the next three years. You will just have to listen to the book to find out what happens during that time and how it all ends up. I was very satisfied with the ending. And everything from the beginning to end makes for a wonderful listen. I highly recommend this book for Young Adults and New Adults. It is a novel of growth and hope and ultimately about young love that works out for the best.
I received a copy of the audio book from the narrator in exchange for an honest, fair review.