I’m going to be real honest with you here. I started this book in May on a trip to Los Angeles– I love, love, love to read on planes– and then finished it on our most recent trip to Florida in November. Oops! Life has just been… life and I haven’t really taken a whole lot of time to just kick back and read this year. It’s my own fault, of course, because I’ve let other things take priority, but man did it feel good to finally finish this book. And the great thing about this book? Even though months and months went by between start and finish, as soon as I opened the book, I knew exactly where I left off and was able to jump right back in– it was that memorable.
I’m a huge “judge a book by the cover” kind of a person (sorry not sorry) and that is the immediate reason I grabbed this book off the shelf at Target. It’s so bright and attention grabbing, I just had to know what it was all about. But of course, after analyzing the cover, I immediately flip to the back and read the summary on the back. Well, you’ve seen the cover above and now I’ll let you read the back of the book:
In short, this story bounces between three people’s lives with one commonality being the Las Vegas strip and how all of their lives eventually collide together. It’s a truly amazing novel that gives you a sneak peak at important social issues such as immigration, wounded war veterans, PTSD, police brutality, adoption, foster homes, divorce, and domestic violence. It really shines light on the issues that different people go through in their lives and some of the sufferings we may not notice at first glance.
This is a very emotionally charged novel that will leave you on the edge of your seat, wondering what will happen with each character, how their stories will resolve, and how the characters intertwine at the end.
I love that this book shows the true grit, the raw emotions, and doesn’t hold anything back in regards to these people’s lives. I felt like I was right there with them and experiencing their life right along side of them.
“We say “Thank you very much” and “I so appreciate what you have done” to people who fill our grocery bags, to people who offer us a ride across town. What are the words you say to someone who gave you back your life, who believed that you had a soul, who acknowledged how bad it was possible to feel? Shouldn’t there be another language for this? Different words all together? And if I use the same old words, did I change what I was trying to say?”
I can’t say much more without giving away the details, but this is most certainly a must-read!
What’s your favorite book you’ve read lately?