Publication Date: January 3, 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Goodreads Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Cover Thoughts: Simple and interesting, it might catch my eye but depending on what I am looking for it probably isn’t one I would pick up.
Sometimes there’s no easy way out.
Victor hates his life. He has no friends, gets beaten up at school, and his parents are always criticizing him. Tired of feeling miserable, Victor takes a bottle of his mother’s sleeping pills—only to wake up in the hospital.
Bull is angry, and takes all of his rage out on Victor. That makes him feel better, at least a little. But it doesn’t stop Bull’s grandfather from getting drunk and hitting him. So Bull tries to defend himself with a loaded gun.
When Victor and Bull end up as roommates in the same psych ward, there’s no way to escape each other or their problems. Which means things are going to get worse—much worse—before they get better….
The idea was great! The two back stories were great, the way it was written was great.
The tragic story of 2 boys, with 2 different lives are brought together under tragic circumstances.
One boy named Victor comes from a very rich family where the parents didn’t want kids so Victor was a “surprise” and their expectations are never satisfied and are too high for any person to reach happily. Yet Victor does want to please his parents and do his best.
At school Victor is bullied, bad and nobody helps him or befriends him he is a complete loner except for his mother’s dog who is the only living thing that really shows any sort of love toward Victor and when that dog dies, Victor can’t take his life anymore and decides to end it.
“Bull” is the other boy who comes from a poor family where he is physically and emotionally abused and has a lot of built up anger. His only escapes are bullying Victor and books which he reads in a cemetery. When he discovers a gun he decides, enough is enough and he wants out. So the night he decides to leave his home life he tries and his grandfather tries to stop him and they wrestle and Victor is accidentally shot in the leg. His grandfather takes him to the hospital and tells them that he tried to commit suicide and Bull don’t correct them.
In order for both boys to leave the hospital, they have to attend for a week, a suicide group and they are watched and seen by therapists in order to make sure that they don’t do harm to themselves again.
In this issues come out, you meet a lot of different people who come from different background and why they tried to end their lives. All-in-all it’s sad but the author did a good job of not making it sad.
However, something that was not for me the telling of what and when turned the boys on. EEEWWWWW GROOOOSSSS! who likes to read that?! Really? I get it, they are teenage boys but still! And I felt it took away from the story!
Overall: the story was good but it lacked something for me. However, it is a good portrayal of how harmful bullying is and how both the bully and the victims have something they are dealing with.
Sexual Content: moderate