THESE GENTLE WOUNDS by Helene Dunbar
Release Date: May 8, 2014
Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Flux Genre: Contemporary Fiction / Tough Issues / PTSD
Sometimes I wish I’d lost a leg or something. Everyone can understand that. They never get it when what’s been broken is inside your head. Five years after an unspeakable tragedy that changed him forever, Gordie Allen has made a new home with his half-brother Kevin. Their arrangement works since Kevin is the only person who can protect Gordie at school and keep him focused on getting his life back on track. But just when it seems like things are becoming normal, Gordie’s biological father comes back into the picture, demanding a place in his life. Now there’s nothing to stop Gordie from falling into a tailspin that could cost him everything—including his relationship with Sarah, the first girl he’s trusted with the truth. With his world spinning out of control, the only one who can help Gordie is himself . . . if he can find the strength to confront the past and take back his future.
Helene Dunbar usually writes features about fiddles and accordions for Irish Music Magazine, but she’s also been known to write about court cases, theater, and Native American Indian tribes.She's lived in two countries, six states, and is currently holed up in Nashville with her husband, daughter, two cats, and the world’s friendliest golden retriever.THESE GENTLE WOUNDS is Helene’s debut novel with Flux Books.
These Gentle Wounds is a very dark YA contemporary novel that follows a young boy who has to overcome a very difficult event in his life. I am an emotional reader and wouldn't normally pick up a book of this nature but blurb and first page of this book hooked me.
There are hooks and then there are hooks. I couldn't fathom the beginning of this novel which captured me right away into this novel. In a lot of ways it brought me back to why I loved The Perks of Being A Wallflower even though as a reader I normally go for more of a romance and adventure type plot. I also tend to gravitate away from male narrated novels because as a female I feel like I can't relate, but that didn't deter me away from These Gentle Wounds.
I loved at times we saw the raw effects of what happened to Gordie displayed in Helene Dunbar's writing. Her writing style made me enjoy the book more because it put you into the mind set of someone who has post traumatic stress. At the same time it was an easy book to read and was a very fast read for me. I was also a huge fan of the relationship between Kevin ad Gordie, they had a great connection as half brothers but it was also very different because of what they have been through.
If you're a fan of books about hard hitting issues than you should definitely check this out. Though if you aren't a fan of darker contemporary novels I think you will still enjoy it, because I did.