I wasn't expecting much from the book, but it completely wrecked me. I haven't read a book that hit me this hard in years. It's the story of a boy learning to cope with pain and loss.
Here are some of the best quotes
"If you speak the truth, you will be able to face whatever comes."
"He knew there really was no going back. That it was going to happen, whatever he wanted, whatever he felt. And he also knew he was going to get through it. It would be terrible. It would be beyond terrible. But he'd survive. And it was for this that the monster came."
"You think it is easy? You were willing to die rather than speak the truth."
1: "'The answer is that it does not matter what you think, because your mind will contradict itself a hundred times each day. You wanted her to go at the same time you were desperate for me to save her. Your mind will believe comforting lies while also knowing the painful truths that make those lies necessary. And your mind will punish you for believing both.'
2: 'But how do you fight it? How do you fight all the different stuff inside?'
1: 'By speaking the truth.'"
"You were merely wishing for the end of pain. Your own pain. An end to how it isolated you. It is the most human wish of all."
You do not write your life with words. You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do."
This book comes with my highest recommendations. It brought me to tears. These weren't sappy-moment-in-a-movie-watery-eye-tears. These were rivers and sobs as the book shook me to my core with poignant illustrations, simple dialogue, and powerful emotions. I plan to share this book with my children when they are teenagers and re-read it annually.