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Title: Freeing Carter
Author: Nyrae Dawn
His whole life Carter’s
fought to hold it together: To help Mom run their store. To be there for
his special needs sister, Sara, and be the perfect boyfriend Mel wants.
To dominate on the basketball court—the only place he ever feels free.
And to carry Mom up the stairs when she’s too smashed to make it on her
It isn't like she has a problem. Mom loves them. If she doesn't drink every day, she's not really an alcoholic, right?
Kira Dawson, a girl with a bipolar wardrobe and rotating hairstyles
comes to town. Somehow, she sees the truths he hides from the world.
“You have skeletons, too, Carter Shaw. Don’t think I don’t know it.” For
the first time, he wants someone to see his inner scars—to really know
When his mom finally goes too far, will Carter be able to
man-up, even if it means turning his back on her and stepping out from
behind the façade he’s fought so hard to keep in place?
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I originally rated this 3 stars after reading, but after giving it some thought I bumped it up to 4. I really liked this book.
the main character, has so much to deal with. His mom is an alcoholic
who struggles hard with her inner demons. His little sister, Sara, has
special needs and he struggles to help her and deal with his mom. He
also has grown apart from his girlfriend and knows their relationship is
no longer a good thing, but hesitates to break things off.
girl, Kira, moving to town jump starts a change in his life that brings
all of these struggles to a head and helps Carter start to deal with
all the bad in his life.
Kira is an awesome character. She's
smart, funny, eccentric, confident. I like that she has the cajones to
wear what she wants and do crazy stuff with her hair. I like that she
doesn't care about conforming to the popular standard. I like that she
is pretty and knows it, but isn't conceited about it either.
was a bit on the wussy side at first, but I think throughout the novel
he grows up a lot and learns that he has to actually deal with his
issues - he can't ignore them and shove them in a closet forever. For a
long time he has lied about his mom's disease and tried to hide it. When it
starts spiraling out of control to the point where it effects his little
sister, he finally realizes he can't keep hiding it and does the right
This author is really really talented and has a knack for
creating realistic characters that you really grow to care about
throughout the book. She also creates diverse characters of different
backgrounds and ethnicities without making it feel like non-white people
are thrown in as token characters. I've read all of her books now and
love most of them. She's definitely on my auto-buy list at this point.
4 of 5 stars.
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