Doubleday Canada, 2010 (2010)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
opens on the rough arrest of angry
Jake Upshore for murder in a graveyard in Halifax, Nova Scotia. There's '
one body bag / one stretcher / tombstones / blood-soaked earth being cordoned off by yellow tape / evidence
'. Who's dead and how did it happen? These questions pull reader interest through the edgy yet lyrical story, which is told from Jake's point of view.
ighteen-year-old motherless Jake Upshore fell hard for A-student Skye Derucci in kindergarten, though their lives (in small town Poplar Hills) have been very different ever since. Dyslexic and an '
', Jake has always had trouble with school and knows he's seen as a '
fug. As in majorly f*d up-guy.
' He's only responded well to Shep (Ms. Shepherd), '
one dynamite teacher
' who believes that '
appears when the
ake and Skye keep their new relationship a secret. To Skye's
cop father, Jake is in the same league as '
Pluto, god of the underworld himself
'. But he admits to being '
guilty of only one thing for sure - losing my way because of Skye. Loving her way too much.
isaster erupts in Jake's life one Wednesday in March when the gossip mill announces that Skye is pregnant with his child and has gone with her mother to Halifax to have an abortion. Jake, who has a good relationship with his dad, seeks his advice but is too impatient to wait for his help. He steals a car and heads for Halifax, with both dangerous and mystical encounters along the way. When he finally catches up with Skye, he's not alone, violence erupts, and Jake finally learns why she and her mother fled.
is an intense, gripping read. You won't be able to put it down until the very last page, which you'll be happy to find ends for Jake in hope, love and '
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