An enticing and haunting story of friendship, loss, and hope…
Old secrets, betrayal, loneliness, and small-town intrigue propel Kummer’s excellent YA drama. Hudson, Mason, and Willow, the high school seniors and best friends, are barely going through the motions of their teen lives when their small town of Little Rush receives the news of a surprising arrival; Bruce Michaels, the renowned Hollywood actor, is coming to live in the town. Hudson forms a close bond with the actor, unaware his life is going to take a drastic turn soon. Kummer’s writing is both elegant and provocative as he wrings genuine emotions from his protagonists’ personal struggles. The pacing is expert, and the themes of trauma, mental illness, suicide, race and class issues are weaved beautifully into the affecting narrative. Kummer’s intelligent prose, deeply realized characterization, and his deep understanding of teen mentality and the intricate framework of familial relationships provide this story both authenticity and rationality. Lovers of YA and contemporary adult fiction will be greatly rewarded.
By David Duane Kummer
Pub date May 5, 2021
Price $19.99 (USD) Paperback, $1.03 Kindle edition