You know how everyone tells you that they wish you could see yourself through their eyes? And that we are our own harshest critics? And that living up to everyone’s expectations can be so damn maddening that we tend to lose part of our self in the fray. This is Scott Jenkins. The young man with a smart mouth and sharp wit. A young man who doesn’t want to do what his parents want him to do. A young man who has had to live under a different set of expectations than his brother, Liam, and is so afraid to fail everyone.
Scott has watched his best friend fall in to madness and felt powerless to help. He should have done more, Ethan’s family should have done more. The one thing he is sure of, is that isn’t the life he wants for himself. He dreams big. He handles everything with a grin and humor. In so many ways Scott reminds me of my oldest son. Same personality, same big dreams…almost identical downfalls. In some ways I felt that Scott just didn’t live up to his potential. I wanted more for him. I wanted him to be what I knew he could be. Then I realize…that’s part of the whole problem. This book is a character study as much as it a coming of age novel. It makes you really think about what we expect from our loved ones. And it makes us think about our own expectations of ourselves. Do we do things for us, or do we do it for our loved ones? Scott didn’t get in to the drug scene like Ethan. Scott had a stable job. Scott never got himself mixed up in anything horrible. Scott fell in love. This is where all reason was thrown out the window. Some may say what followed was out of character for Scott, but I digress. I think it’s exactly what should have happened. It’s what’s been happening to Scott his whole life. I cannot elaborate or I will be giving away a major spoiler and I don’t want to do that.
Charlie Matthews did a wonderful job at telling Scott’s journey. What makes this series so unique is that each character gets their own voice, being written by a different author. I’ve come to the conclusion too, that to ask me to pick a favorite would be like asking me to chose which one of my children was my favorite. They all are. It is one of the best series I have ever read.
Scott Jenkins gets 5 Wonderland kisses from this humble blogger and I really hope that Charlie is wasting no time telling us what happens next!
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