This is a stunning heartbreaking love story of April and Jonah. The story takes place in Baltimore, Maryland. April, is a 15-year old girl, who is started her sophomore year without her best friend who has relocated to another school. April is your typical insecure high school girl and she loves to play piano. On her first day of school, she meets the new kid, Jonah. Jonah is also interested in art and loves to paint. These two passions and their insecurities bring April and Jonah together. During their relationship, April starts to see subtle changes in Jonah but is reluctant to admit it until Jonah does something no one can ignore.
I was so impressed with April and the way she loved Jonah and stood faithfully by him at such a young age. I was so proud of the way she handled her school peers as they tease and torment her about Jonah.
This poignant story was a true testament to mental illness and the effects that is has on loved ones, but there is also an underlying powerful story of how one person can help others with the stigma associated with mental illness. It is written with authentic truths and tragedies from the prospective of those who suffer from mental illness.
It was a truly touching and educational read.
I give it four out of four doves.
Thank you to NetGalley for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and reflect my experience in reading the book.