There is a harshness to this novel that make it feel more real than a fiction novel. It tells the story of Sage and the isolated Caribbean island were he has moved to. He has moved from southern California and has been left to deal with a lifetime of abuse and you really get the feel that his mother couldn’t care less, she is more interested in smoking weed and partying. After a failed suicide attempt, he turns to writing about his world on his blog. He slowly learns that he carries his own key to happiness. Just as his relationship with his mother gets back on track she reveals to him that she intends to take him to Colombia instead of back to California. Sage must decide whether he wants to follow his mother or stay with the people he has begun to think of as family on the island.
This is such a harsh subject in places but I feel it adds a certain character to the novel. The narrative style of the novel is excellent and all the characters are brought to life. The description used without the novel is excellent and really sets the scene for the story. In a couple of places I did feel like the story was getting a bit dry but I was surprised that when I turned the page the story was brought back to life.
I really loved this novel and would recommend to anyone that just loves to read a good book and isn’t scared to read about a harsh subject in places.