Oct 08, 11
Read on October 08, 2011
Sophie’s mother is a drug-addicted prostitute, leaving Sophie to take care of herself and her three siblings. Carter’s father abused both he and his mother leaving Carter physically and emotionally scarred and his mother with severe dementia. Every day after school Sophie comes home to take care of “the littles” (her siblings) and Carter comes home to help his mother rid the house of whatever imaginary demons that currently plague her. Their only solace is the time they spend together every night on Sophie’s porch swing. This is when they can be themselves, finding comfort in a world that has done them both wrong. With graduation just around the corner, both Sophie and Carter face an uncertain future, one that is rife with hope and possibilities so long as they have each other.
The old clichéd saying, “Good things come in small packages”, has never rang more true. Chelsea Fine’s Sophie & Carter clocks in at a mere 117 pages, but this novella packs just as much punch, if not more, than the typical 250+ page YA romance. It’s true, Ms. Fine could have lengthened the story by adding in more scenes, but honestly, it’s not needed. She manages to give the reader everything they need and still tug at the heart-strings without padding the story with a lot of unnecessary prose. The story is told in alternating points of view, and each character has their own unique voice. The writing is fluid and believable. I cared about these characters more in the first few pages than I care about most characters in a lot of books. The characters were real, and the relationship is very honest and believable. I never once doubted why Sophie and Carter felt the way they did about one another. The love is, as Carter says,”Not the kind you see in the movies or hear about on the radio. The real kind.”
This is a wonderful read, and I highly recommend it.