Friday, April 21, 2017

Book Review: Counting Daisies by Nicola Haken

Counting Daisies (Counting, #1)
Dylan Roberts and Cameron O’Neil were good kids. Growing up together, they shared everything. By the age of fourteen they were more than best friends – they were in love. They dreamt of their future, of success, marriage…happiness. They were going to grow old by each other’s side.

But… “Kids are stupid.”

When tragic circumstances forced them apart, Dylan discovered that life wasn’t the fairytale he dreamed of; it was dark, difficult, saturated with pain and shame. Life wasn’t meant to be enjoyed, merely survived, but even that became a challenge.

Damaged, worthless, and disgusting, he saw no point to his pitiful existence…

Until he came face to face with the boy he used to love.

Successful, honourable, and happy, Cameron had achieved the future they planned. He was good, positive, popular…everything Dylan would never be. What would happen if Dylan let him back into his world? Would he destroy Cameron too? Would his poison push him away like everyone else?

“Everybody leaves.”

“They leave or they die.”

But what if…what if Cameron didn’t?
Todd's rating:

Jesus, that was heart-wrenching.

And painful.

And exhausting.

And utterly beautiful.

I have the fortitude for a drug addiction and loss story like Dylan and Cameron's maybe once a year. Any more than that and I'm be reaching for the liquor and anti-depressants.

But whenever I do summon the courage to read one of these stories, and mentally recover from them afterwards, I'm usually glad at having read it.

"Counting Daisies" was an amazing story of love, loss, reconnecting, getting better, then getting worse, and finally getting the life that was always meant to be lived.

[Lyrics from Dylan's song to Cameron]
If I could go back, I’d take it all away

Take away the pain of missing you each day

I’d tell you I was sorry, I’d tell you I’ll be good

Maybe then I’d get to live the life I always thought I would
Although this book made me want to scream and throw my eReader across the room on several occasions, this one had all of the feels in all the right places, so I'm giving "Counting Stars" the full 5 stars.

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