Snow Ramirez hasn’t trusted anyone in a very long time, not even herself. Memories of her childhood on Washington’s Yakama Reservation haunt her even on the streets of Chicago. When her squat mate Blitz slits his own throat in front of her, she knows it’s time to convince someone to trust her instincts. Blitz may have been diagnosed bi-polar, like Snow herself, but no way would he have offed himself like that if the shrink he’d been seeing hadn’t bent his mind completely out of shape.
Normally she wouldn’t care. Who wasn’t crazy in one way or another in this messed up world? After all, she’d gotten out from under the doctor’s thumb weeks ago and it was too late for Blitz now, wasn’t it? Snow’s little brother Alley, though, there might still be time to save him. If only she can get reporter Jo Sullivan to believe her story before Snow loses her own mind.
The is the second book in the Street Stories series by Debra Borys, the first, Painted Black, I also had the privilege of reviewing.
The focus again is on the lives of young homeless kids living on the streets. Kids, especially those trapped in this type of life, should be able to trust those in positions to help them – like psychiatrists. But something feels all too wrong Snow’s roommate commits suicide. Again Jo Sullivan is the one who steps up to help those without a voice. True to Borys style you get a very surreal feeling of what life on the streets is really like. It’s gritty, dirty, frightening, and cold. She portrays this life effortlessly, and before long you’re pulled into this harsh life these kids live.
The plot moves along at a good pace throughout the story, slowing at spiking at just the right points, and the characters are fleshed out so well that you immediately feel a connection to them – even if you’ve never lived the same kind of life.
There are many books that try to delve into the darker areas of life on the streets, yet at best can only come across as somewhat believable; Borys is quite the master at not only creating believable environments, but thrilling tales. Again, I would recommend Borys work to anyone who is a fan of the suspense genre, or anyone brave enough to take a real look at life of homeless kids. But buck lovelies, it opens your eyes to all the ugly you try to pretend don’t exist.
I would definitely recommend this book, and series. Be sure to add it to your Goodreads list!
Now, onto the fun stuff! Debra has been kind enough to offer an ebook and a paperback of her latest work Bend Me, Shape Me!!! All you have to do is fill out the form below! Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!