Thursday, February 6, 2014

REVIEW: Bay's End

Bay's End
By Edward Lorn

Genre: Suspense, Coming of Age
Publication date: 12.27.2013
Format: Audiobook 
Length of time: 6:51:05

Date read: 2.4.2014
Recommended by: Won on BookLikes (12.1.2013)

Summary: What does it take to ruin a perfectly good summer? Four cherry bombs.
When twelve-year-old Trey and his best friend Eddy play a prank on Officer Mack, the resulting chain of events rocks the small town of Bay's End.
Today, Trey Franklin is a man haunted by his past. Tormented by that one tragic, fateful summer, Trey searches for catharsis the only way he knows how - by writing.
A tale of love and loss, bittersweet memories, and the depths of human evil.
Welcome to Bay's End.
*Warning: Contains graphic language and adult situations.
My thoughts
I won this book in audio format over on BookLikes back on 12.1.2013.

I'm usually not really a fan of audiobooks unless the author is the one reading it (they just seem to get it better than the person reading who has no emotional connection to the book), but I have to say that this guy did a really good job.  At first, you think his voice is just too soothing, but he really gets into the story and says the emotional interludes with real conviction.

I really liked the characters, their interactions and the way they handled themselves whenever all hell was breaking loose.  Some extreme stuff happened in this little town, but you know from the beginning that it's something big.  The story-telling is done so well that you almost feel as if you're part of the group, going through what they are going though, feeling their emotions and their pain.  And to know this guy has been holding this stuff in all this time is an even bigger thing.  There were parts that I wish had closure, but I know from growing up that you aren't always lucky to have closure.  And the end - the confessions - were just amazing.

As usual, Edward writes a great story.  There are predictable moments, as are often part of coming of age stories, with twists and turns that you don't expect and shock you to the core, but then you realize that somewhere in your mind you wondered at the possibilities, at the what-ifs. 

If you grew up in a world that wasn't exactly perfect, where bad things happened to good people and big things happened that have stayed with you your whole life, where people come and go out of your life in one way or another, this is the book for you.

I do want to point out that in the book description it warns of graphic language and adult situations.  I saw some reviews where people were very upset about this, as if there was not that warning.  Without those adult situations, you would have missed out on a lot of the story, and would not have learned what you were supposed to learn.  And, face it, some kids have potty mouths.
Favorite characters: There was not one character that I did not enjoy reading about.  Even the bad guys were written so well that you were, at the very least, curious about them.

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