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Abe in Arms by Pegi Deitz Shea
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Aug 11, 12

bookshelves: abusive-relationships, bullies, families, romance, school, teachers, war
Read in August, 2012

** spoiler alert ** Abe's senior year starts off well enough. He has been adopted by a caring family, is on his way to a track scholarship, and has a great girlfriend. But things quickly go awry as feelings of anger and guilt start washing over him. As he works with a therapist who is aware that he is suffering from PTSD, he eventually realizes that he has hidden horrific memories from his days as a child soldier when he lived in Liberia. If he can't come to terms with them, his future is bleak.
This book is not for the faint-hearted as the author describes Abe's experiences in vivid detail. Even seen through the distance of time, they are painful to read, much less to have experienced. I was particularly impressed with the reactions of Abe's parents, particularly his mother who has difficulty processing all that is happening. While everything gets wrapped up a bit too neatly in the end with Abe's mother and sister being located fairly easily, this still is a good read describing how hard it often is to leave a violent past behind, even years after the events occurred.
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