29 December 2014

Unicorns and Rainbow Poop by Sam Kadence

 Ex-boyband member Dane Karlson is struggling to overcome an eating disorder and a body dismorphic disorder. His fall through a glass table puts him in rehab and on the road to recovery. Then a friend dies. When depression causes him to lose ground, he calls for the only person he trusts—former bandmate Tommy. But Tommy doesn’t know how to help. He begs his friend Sebastian “Bas” Axelrod to aid them through the emotional struggle.

Bas, an openly gay high school student who’s recently lost his grandmother, is trying to survive his last few months of school before escaping to Stanford. Having just lost the only person in his family to care for him, he is victim to the cruelty of the others. His younger brother bullies him, and his parents are suing him for his gran's inheritance. When Tommy calls, Bas can’t help but run to his side.

Together Dane and Bas find a middle ground, supporting each other through the lows, dancing together during the highs. They build friendships and plan for the prom and graduation, thinking positively as long as they are together.
Warning: This book describes depression, eating disorders, and thoughts of suicide.

This was an amazing book.  Ms. Kasey did an amazing job describing the emotional and physical turmoil depression and eating disorders can cause. This is a difficult book to read because all of the emotions are so raw.  You feel everything the characters are going through and you want to help so badly but you just have to watch it play out.  I was so impressed with the growth of the characters and their ability to tackle their demons and start to regain control of their lives.

The ending to Dane and Bas’s story was wonderful but the cliffhanger teaser to Tommy’s story was brutal. I am really hoping we get to read Tommy’s story very soon, he seems to have just as many problems as Dane did and needs to find his own HEA. I have a feeling his story will be just as difficult as Dane’s or possibly even worse but, worth it to see him healthy and able to face life again.  


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