Title: The Story Of Us
Publication Date: October 30, 2018
Length: 435 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
Two boys. One love. Ten summers.
Are you okay?
The first words Zed says to Caspian, and the first time someone has cared about the answer. On a hot summer’s day, the lives of two boys are changed forever. A rebel and a risk taker, Caspian doesn’t give a damn for the consequences. Studious and obedient, Zed is the good boy who is never good enough.
The two couldn’t be more different, but there’s one thing they share, a need to belong to someone who understands them, someone who cares. Their friendship goes deeper than either can possibly imagine. They’re young, in love, and planning their future when an act of betrayal tears them apart.
Fate deals its hand. Seasons pass. Zed’s words follow Caspian through pain, fear and into the darkest of places. Friendships can last a lifetime, even when the world conspires to crush them. But this is more than friendship. This is love and they’re not going to let it slip through their fingers.
The Story of Us is a tale of love and survival, and the triumph of good over evil against the odds. It's a new adult contemporary romance that deals with family and social issues. There is violence and cruelty to children but not sexual assault. The story has sexual situations, dark elements and suspense. The events and locations are a mixture of real and fictional. The characters are fictional.
Zed and Caspian are two boys who never really get to be boys then they are men and struggle at being men. And yet, they end up being the best humans they could be. Both with childhoods that are dark, full of hate, violence, and very little love.
The love these two have for each other is the light in this book. When they are ever in each other's orbit you feel the pull as the reader. Suddenly, the environment they are standing in doesn't matter because they are together.
I have no way to really explain this book and how it shook me, how it made my heart beat faster, made tears flow effortlessly down my cheeks, how angry I became. This is a book not to be missed. It's one you'll need tissues for, maybe some alcohol, and certainly time. This book will consume you and nothing will matter except Zed and Caspian and their rough, almost impossible journey.
DO. NOT. MISS. THIS. BOOK!
Bravo, Barbara Elsborg, I want to be just like you when I grow up.
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