TORMENT: EXTREME PAIN OR ANGUISH OF BODY OR MIND
Seventeen-year-old Adam is tormented. His parents have just been killed in a car crash in Idaho, and he has survived. In a speechless state of shock, Adam begins walking home, back to Rhode Island. But he can’t think in a straight line: The past and present blend and merge in his thoughts; the future’s a blank; he’s lost his voice and his money. Memories fling themselves at him like stones, some inflicting great pain.
In Adam’s harrowing journey he faces many challenges. He confronts situations that demand violence or compromise from him, forcing him to question what it means to be a man, even as he tries to find his voice in a world suddenly devoid of meaning. This gripping and haunting novel is the story of one young man’s struggle to survive — literally — on the road, and to propel himself emotionally from despair to hope and freedom. (from Goodreads)
Every now and then, I am forced to read a book due to my responsibilities as a school librarian that is totally out of my preferred areas. This is one of those books. And, every now and then, I am happily surprised. This is one of those times. I loved this book and could hardly put it down.
This is a book that will appeal to my students who loved Living Dead Girl and If I Stay. The content is totally different, but the appeal is the same. The last few lines are some of the best I have ever read. I rarely write down quotes, but these lines are going into my journal.