This book broke my heart over and over and it did it with beautiful writing and characters that I still can't let go of.
It's not an easy story to follow. Jack Morton truly has nothing left except a little brother, Matty, he's willing to do anything for, and poor Ava only ever had her psychotic father. Jack starts out barely at the periphery of everything and ends up at the center of a long-held grudge and fight for things he has no part in. It's a slow unraveling in mere days, but the many things that Jack, Ava, and even poor Matty go through are a cavalcade of hardship and hard decisions that left me wondering (and worried) if so much suffering could really befall one human being.
Again, it's not an easy story to read. I had to walk away a couple of times just because it was giving actual physical pain to read about these poor kids. But it's so well written that I couldn't walk away. I had to see Jack and Ava's story to its conclusion.