By twenty-four, Carter Stevenson has stuttered and ticced his way to debilitating shyness. Although his friends accuse him of letting his Tourette’s dictate his life, Carter moves from Los Angeles to a quiet California town. He’ll keep his head down and avoid people. He doesn’t anticipate his new neighbor, Ethan Hart, crashing into his solitude and forcing him to get out and live.
From the beginning, Ethan makes his love for Carter clear. But he fears Carter won’t see past Ethan’s damaged brain, even though it makes Ethan more attuned to his emotions than most people. For Carter, there’s a bigger issue: he’s been burned by so-called “perfect” matches, and he won’t risk his heart again.
One way or another, Ethan’s determined to show Carter they belong together. Then Ethan receives tragic news. Suddenly he must turn to Carter for strength and support. Will Carter come through when Ethan needs him most?
This is a truly beautiful book. Carter suffers from Tourettes Syndrome and Ethan suffered a brain injury that has left him limited in some ways, but able to understand and feel emotion more than anyone Carter has ever met.
Two damaged men on a road neither has trodden before. Fortunately for Carter, Ethan’s parents are one hundred percent behind their son finding happiness in any way he can. Of course they’re concerned, what parents wouldn’t be, but they don’t stand in the way of the blossoming relationship.
There are many pitfalls along their way but they overcome them, one by one, together.
The author has done an amazing job of portraying two very different boys, struggling with very different issues. They fit together perfectly when they could so easily have been pulled apart. A gentle, profound relationship develops and we, the readers, are pulled in to their world and share their journey.
There are a few rough patches in the writing, primarily in describing background matter, but on the whole, the story is smooth and nothing gets in the way of the primary focus.
All of the characters are extremely well developed and portrayed and Ethan and Carter’s world is brought to life in a very solid way.
Whilst the story flows well and the reading experience is smooth and satisfying, it’s not an easy book to read. Ethan’s background is heartbreaking and when his past catches up, the way he deals with it is painfully real. Your heart will break along with the boys and it is definitely a story that should be read with a coffee and a box of tissues. However, by the end the tears will be good ones and you’ll walk away with a feeling that all is right with the world.