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REVIEW: “rock” by Anyta Sunday

ABOUT:

Igneous.

When Cooper’s parents divorce, he finds himself landed in Week About—one week with his mum and one week with his dad. Only, it’s not just his dad he has to live with. There’s Lila, too: The other woman, the one who stole the rock-solid foundation of his life.

And then…

There’s Jace. Lila’s son. Lila’s smug, regurgitated-fish-scale-blue eyed son.

All Cooper wants is to have his family back the way it once was, but there’s something about this boy that promises things will never be the same again.

Sedimentary.

Resisting the realities of his new life, Cooper and Jace get off to a rocky start. But rocky start or not, after hundreds of shared memories together, they forge something new. A close…friendship.

Because friendship is all they can have. Although it’s not like they are real brothers. Technically, they’re not even stepbrothers…

Metamorphic.

But how does that friendship evolve under the pressures of life?

Under pressures of the heart?

REVIEW:

There was something so easy about reading this book. I’m not sure if it was the sweet MCs and their coming-of-age story, the education on rocks(!) or just the really great writing, but what a great ride.

MC Cooper has been collecting rocks since he was a kid. He uses them to associate with good times and cope with bad times. The rocks hold his memories and help him digest and manage his life.

As a pre-teen, Cooper’s world crumbles when he finds out his parents are divorcing and his dad has set up house with a woman a few blocks over and who has a son close in age to Cooper. Even worse, this kid, Jace, calls Cooper’s dad…dad.

As the drama unfolds, it’s hard not to imagine yourself in Cooper’s place. How would you feel if you thought you’d been replaced or pushed aside for this other “complete” family? The sting of rejection is always tough, but in those volatile years of ironing out your personality, would you remain the same? Could you rise above?

It turns out Cooper was pretty lucky, because Jace is drawn as a sensitive, perceptive role model who wants nothing more than to be Cooper’s friend. An introspective piano player, Jace has a knack for reading people and situations well. So even though they get off to a (err, sorry) rocky start, they become very close over years as they turn into young men. Only when they begin to develop feelings that they’re not entirely sure how to manage within the scope of their family do things start to get tricky for these two.

This story packs some unexpected and sad twists and turns, but it’s nothing I couldn’t handle as a reader. I loved the message here, about finding your place and your worth within a blended family. Even more, I loved the various rocks Cooper related to as he moved through his reality; that packed a serious punch for me.

One of the things I seriously enjoy about Anyta Sunday’s writing is that she stocks her stories with meaty supporting characters that propel the book forward but never get in your face. ALL her characters are thoughtful but also spontaneous, and they’re loving when it matters most. Shout out for the dreamy cover, which perfectly captures the tone and setting of the book. Give rock a try: it’s a really beautiful novel.

 

RATING: 4 STARS

BOOK INFO:

Title: rock
Author: Anyta Sunday
Publisher: Self pub
Pages: 284
Release Date: Oct. 1, 2014
Purchase Links: Amazon

 

 

One comment on “REVIEW: “rock” by Anyta Sunday

  1. xlorix
    October 3, 2014

    Great review of this fantastic book.

    Liked by 1 person

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