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These Gentle Wounds by Helene Dunbar
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bookshelves: contemporary, read-2018, young-adult, ya-male-narrators

This book was really emotional and brutal and omg the title is a sever underestimate. GENTLE wounds?!? I think the frick not. The wounds run deep and my emotions are a bit of a puddle. This book is a deeply moving tale about PTSD, child abuse, and brotherly bonds. I actually read the author's book Boomerang earlier this year and that inspired me to buy her debut. I do think Boomerang was more nuanced and better written, and These Gentle Wounds does read "messy" but then Gordie's emotional state is messy, so I think the style was on point for how to convey his voice

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☆ I really loved Gordie...he is very smol and damaged and just spinning into a mess at all times from the horrible thing that happened 5 years ago
☆ I LOVED his relationship with his half-brother, Kevin.
☆ They're super close, but their relationship is also messy, with Kevin having repressed PTSD and anger issues too.
☆ Both boys hide a lot of things that didn't make sense, so I think it would've benefitted from talking more about their thought processes???
☆ The romance was sweet but rushed! But I do like that romance wasn't the focus!
☆ I do cry at the law system where a kind and perceiving lawyer could look at a kid literally falling on the floor with a panic attack/breakdown and then still put him in the situation that made him do that?? Like Gordie had severe traumatic tics, he self-harmed, he couldn't speak half the time -- he couldn't hide this stuff. Yet the adults (working with the law) just ignored it.
☆ Anyway, the whole story was gutting and deeply emotional and you just become so deeply immersed in Gordie's perspective, it destroys you.
☆ The story is bittersweet and heart-wrenching.
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Reading Progress

February 22, 2018 – Shelved
February 22, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
May 30, 2018 – Started Reading
May 30, 2018 –
page 30
9.77% "I've been editing like a fiend this last week aND READ NOTHING. I am starved. Come break my heart, little book, I need you."
May 30, 2018 –
page 167
54.4% "turns out this book wants you in a pUDDLE ON THE FLOOR which is very nice thanks so much 😭😭😭"
May 30, 2018 – Shelved as: contemporary
May 30, 2018 – Shelved as: read-2018
May 30, 2018 – Shelved as: ya-male-narrators
May 30, 2018 – Shelved as: young-adult
May 30, 2018 – Finished Reading

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Cassandra I loved this one. Such an under appreciated gem.

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