Jan 8, 2015

I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Everyone whose path you cross in life has the power to change you. Emily believes in destiny. She is waiting for the moment her real life begins. Sam wishes he could escape. He’s spent his life being dragged from place to place by his father. But he could never abandon his little brother. Then everything changes. Because Sam meets Emily. This tender story of star-crossed love is both romance and thriller, and a compelling exploration of the power of human connection.


Sam and his brother Riddle aren't going to school, they don't have any food if they don't provide for themselves and they live in constant fear. Riddle has severe breathing problems and he can't talk. He loves to draw in an old phone book and his brother is his savior and best friend. The two boys are completely isolated and besides their violent and thieving father they don't know anyone. They have to move from town to town and never know where their father will take them next. They only have each other, but that changes when Sam goes to a church one day and meets Emily. Emily is special, Sam just knows it and they instantly have a connection. Slowly Sam starts to discover what it is to live a normal life and he wants more of it. He brings Riddle to meet Emily and her family. The boys both feel loved and wanted all of a sudden, but unfortunately that's the reason why things start to unravel very quickly. 
Sam is a very talented boy. He's smart, he's handsome and he plays the guitar pretty well. Riddle has so many problems, but Sam has always managed to take care of him and he'll keep doing that. Both of them are great and they have good hearts. There's so much love between the brothers and that is something their father can't ruin. They're doing everything they can to survive and to look out for each other. I loved I'll Be There, it's such a beautiful story about love, friendship and being there for one another. When I started reading I had no idea how the story would develop, it's unpredictable and it kept me glued to my seat until the end. I liked this book so much, it's definitely a story I can read again and again.

1 comment:

  1. High praise. Already feel for the boys by your description.


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