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REALLY ENJOYED THIS

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This book is a young adult, coming of age novel. It wasn't anything that I expected, in a good way. This was my first book by Kathryn Berla. I am definitely going to read more by this author. Her characters were on point. I felt like I was part of the story with all the emotions that are portrayed in this story. It is told by the point of view of a teenager turning eighteen. Hudson grew up and became a man right before my eyes. At the beginning of the story he was immature and selfish. The people that he got close to helped him find himself. He was only close to his mom and a couple of friends when the story begins. His friends had moved away, leaving Hudson trying to figure out things on his own. He became close friends with two girls in different circles that never crossed. They weren't they type of people he ever envisioned himself with, but they were part of his journey of self revelation. Along with the two people his age, he befriended a ninety year old man that was a veteran of WWII. He never thought of him as a friend until the friendship grew and he started to care for others more than himself. They both needed the relationship even though coincidently they didn't know this at the time.
This is a well written book that kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. This book is full of characters that will stay with me beyond the ending of the book. The self discovery of all the characters offers another complexity to the story. I would highly recommend this book to any one young or old. It is a heartfelt story that makes the reader think about their own life and the people that mean a lot to them in their own lives.