Book: Arrows Through Archer
Publication date: June 12, 2017
Length: 264 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
After the loss of his parents, Archer Hart is consumed by grief. Each day, he struggles his way through classes, parties, and trying to put on a good front for the sake of his best friend. But at night, he falls asleep to the sound of gunshots ringing in his ears.
Mallory is a man fighting a war of emotions all his own. When his son invites his best friend back home to Banff over a college break, he’s happy for the company.
Some time during the late-night talks, subtle smiles, and long, long silences, the two men begin to find solace in one another.
But love isn’t always easy, especially when it strikes you straight through the heart.
This is a very very emotional book. Right from the very beginning you are thrust into the darkness. It is broken into two parts. Before and After. It isn’t until you get to the second part that you realize before and after what.
Nash Summers describes emotion beautifully. There’s a poetic curl to each moment and it wraps around the characters and with that they are built. Part one is in Archer’s POV. We don’t necessarily get to see inside his head as deeply as I would have liked and we don’t even really understand him completely, but what’s interesting about that is with depression, bereavement, any sort of recovery whether it is emotional or physical sometimes the person going through it doesn’t even understand what is happening to them. They don’t enjoy this feeling but they don’t know how to fix it and they are almost lethargic.
Part two is told in Mallory’s POV and we do see inside his head better. So, that told me this was purposely written this way. He’s seventeen years older than Archer and sees the world differently. He’s going through his own pains and doesn’t really handle a lot of it much better than Archer, but there was a shift with him. These two and what their lives become is an awesome evolution.
This spans over the course of three years and there’s a jump. I started part two so curious. Because of the way part one ends you’re like, “OMG I need to know more now!” And we do and all the darkness and sadness and daunting feeling lifts into a beautiful story.
This is a wonderful read that you just NEED to read.
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