Before My Eyes by Caroline Bock

Gun control or not to gun control?

When Barkley stops bathing, starts hearing voices, and buys a gun you can be pretty sure that the summer by the shore is going to be explosive.

When Matt, who’s senator father wants him to be a great kid, as long he’s able to campaign and not embarrass his politically power drunk mom, wants to buy prescription drugs from Barkley to get him through a soccer injury, you can guess this summer is shot.

When Claire’s mom has a stroke and her father becomes physically and emotionally unavailable, Claire has to assume responsibility for the household and her sister.   Claire starts getting email from an online stranger who “LOVES” her poetry blog.  She’s so excited to meet him face-to-face, but you guessed it, this summer is going to end with a bang.

It all culminates in an angsty teen drama that will keep you tapping your thumb on your Kindle for just one more page.

The characters are well drawn and the interactions between them are dead on.

I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley with no provision for a good or bad review.

Simultaneously published on Goodreads

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January 19, 2014 · 12:50 pm

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