Enter Nathan and Alexandria, two typical teenagers from small-town America, who have both suffered greatly over the years by being mercilessly bullied and abused every single day of their High-School lives.
The only way, they have coped with this horrific abuse has been to hold on tight to their friendship and each other, along with their only other friend, Stacy, similarly an outcast, but prepared to fight back, when necessary.
Lexi, Nathan, and Stacy embark on a journey that will truly change their lives forever.
This story is told by Hermann, with power and a strong empathy for both main characters. Despite the divergent paths these two embark o, it is easy to understand and feel for the decisions and dilemmas both of them face. Not for the faint of heart, Hermann pulls no punches in his depiction of horror and hopelessness of the human condition.
As a parent, I found myself wondering, how much do we really know about what our kids are experiencing on a daily basis. This book gave me food for thought and nobody can ask more of a novel, than that.
Hermann's teaser of Book Two, at the end of this story, did its job well. I now know I have to read Book Two to find out what happens to the trio next.
Kudos to Hermann. The begInning of what I know will be a fascinating trilogy.