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.
I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Wow.. Where to start? This is a pretty full on book it deals with some issues people unfortunately see in everyday life. Gordie has had a lot to deal with in his 15 year life after a horrible tragedy which ruined his entire family and left him the only survivor he is sent to live with his step brother Kevin and his dad Jim.
After the accident Gordie suffers from a range of issues, depression, PTSD, guilt over something that happened the night before but has never told anyone about it not his counselors, teachers or his brother Kevin who he is the most closest to. His real father left him after the incident which is why he is with Kevin and his dad Jim, then out of the blue he wants to see him and things start to spiral.
Now we need to talk about Kevin. I loved him and he is always there for Gordie, even though they don't share the same dad when Kevin would go to there place he was the one coping the beatings from Gordie's dad the night before everything happened Kevin was at his dad's house and had no idea what was about to happen. I loved what he did for Gordie, promising to always be there to help and protect him which he did without a second thought he wanted Gordie to be strong for himself but as I said he was always there its something that you want with your own siblings that kind of love and devotion just someone being there for you no matter what.
Sarah another awesome character who has flaws of her own, it was sweet to watch these two get closer to each other talking and feeling and again watching them grow the first date, kiss Sarah was what Gordie needed and they didn't even know it, they were what each other needed and it's exactly what you think your first young love should be maybe without the issues but they make us who we are.
I recommend this book if your into these type of stories but also just to see the characters grow,the love they have,the fear yes it deals with some heavy stuff but Ms Dunbar does an absolutely awesome job on delivering the story.
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.
So first, a couple of important things about me:
1. I pretty much always write to music.
2. I used to live in England and worked in Oxford.
During my time in Oxford, I spent a lot of time bemoaning the fact that I couldn’t find any local music that I liked. Little did I know that, lurking beneath the surface of the city were three bands who would later become some of my favorites. One of these, Spring Offensive (http://springoffensive.co.uk/), is actually thanked in These Gentle Wounds’ acknowledgements.
I discovered Spring Offensive before I started writing These Gentle Wounds. But their song, A Let Down (http://youtu.be/5nONHXIFGO8 ), was the very first thing on my TGW playlist. In fact, it’s one of the few songs on ANY of my writing playlist with lyrics that pertained to and influenced my book (in fact they almost influenced my book to an extent that I toyed around with a dramatically different ending, but then thought better of it).
I think I have four or five different versions of this song on my computer and I was fortunate enough to have a couple of chats with their old manager about its place in my book, how I interpreted this very intense and open song from one brother to another, and all of that interesting background stuff that really doesn’t mean anything and yet means everything. At least it did to me.
Because I needed to be so deep inside Gordie’s head while I was writing TGW, I found that I had to choose my playlist carefully and what I LOVE about Spring Offensive so much is not only the musicality and slight “offness” (in the best possible way) of their sound, but the complete and total vulnerability in their lyrics. What they achieve in their music was exactly what I was striving for in my book and when I wrote in the acknowledgements that TGW would have been a completely different book without their songs, I wasn’t lying.
If you’re the kind of person who wants to listen something that rips your heart out while making you dance, I can’t recommend a better band.