If I tell you right up front, right in the beginning that I lost him, it will be easier for you to bear. You will know it’s coming, and it will hurt. But you’ll be able to prepare.
Someone found him in a laundry basket at the Quick Wash, wrapped in a towel, a few hours old and close to death. They called him Baby Moses when they shared his story on the ten o’clock news – the little baby left in a basket at a dingy Laundromat, born to a crack addict and expected to have all sorts of problems. I imagined the crack baby, Moses, having a giant crack that ran down his body, like he’d been broken at birth. I knew that wasn’t what the term meant, but the image stuck in my mind. Maybe the fact that he was broken drew me to him from the start.
It all happened before I was born, and by the time I met Moses and my mom told me all about him, the story was old news and nobody wanted anything to do with him. People love babies, even sick babies. Even crack babies. But babies grow up to be kids, and kids grow up to be teenagers. Nobody wants a messed up teenager.
And Moses was messed up. Moses was a law unto himself. But he was also strange and exotic and beautiful. To be with him would change my life in ways I could never have imagined. Maybe I should have stayed away. Maybe I should have listened. My mother warned me. Even Moses warned me. But I didn’t stay away.
And so begins a story of pain and promise, of heartache and healing, of life and death. A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings. But most of all…a love story.
4 stars — I’m often loathe to read books that are so highly regarded by so many people, b/c I’m always worried I will be the black sheep. And I sort of am in a way for this book, in that unlike my friends, this was not a full 5 star read for me. In fact, part 1 was not super compelling for me. Ms. Harmon’s writing is really beautiful, but it’s not always my favourite style personally. It’s really…lyrical? Or you know, just more formal and literary-like than is usually my bag. I just end up enjoying more straightforward writing sometimes. Ms. Harmon is actually one of the few authors that tends to break me from my norm b/c her storylines are just very heartfelt and emotional, and they are worth taking me outside my comfort zone.
I was so glad that a few of my friend’s reviews mentioned that this story had a paranormal aspect, b/c I would have been really surprised otherwise. Not that I don’t love a paranormal touch, but I hadn’t expected it from this story when I bought it so long ago. But it was really intriguing, and I loved the way it was woven into the story, and the way it was described. And how it changed and molded Moses, and how it affected his relationship with Georgia.
So why did Part 1 not compel me? It was Moses. He was kind of a dick. I mean, I could sort of understand why he was the way he was, and I sort of understood how he became that way and why he acted the way he did towards Georgia…but at the same time I needed something to pull me in, and I don’t feel like I got enough from his perspective to really have me give him enough benefit of the doubt.
And Georgia was definitely more interesting of a character, but I couldn’t always understand who she was all the time either. But I think that’s my failing, not the failing of the book. I enjoyed how different she was, how spunky and straightforward and how she saw something special in Moses.
I didn’t expect all the different aspects to the story…not just the paranormal aspect, but the mystery as well. And while I could see that the mystery was going to come into play, I can say that I didn’t predict the outcome to that at all. And while I knew this book was going to slay me, I don’t think I knew in quite what way and so it still really got me. I’m definitely glad I packed my pockets full of kleenexes for the end of this story, b/c I used them all.
So in the end it was part 2 that really made this book for me. It was full of heartache and beauty and growth and just sucked me in and made me feel and gave me exactly what I was looking for. And now I’m definitely going to have to read Running Barefoot. Super intrigued. And that’s my distracted review.