Contemporary published February 23, 2016
The Story Plant
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
This was supposed to be a simple summer for Billy; one more lazy expanse of time before college began. He'd fill the hours playing with Jimmy – his canine best buddy – going camping and doing all the things he promised Jimmy they'd do before Billy left.
But that was before the accident that shook the entire town.
It was before the summer job that turned into something so much more than a way to get a paycheck.
And it was before Vicki.
This summer was destined to be many things to Billy, things he didn't truly understand until now. But it was definitely not going to be simple.
An enormously touching, richly textured, deeply moving novel of new adulthood, THE CHANGING SEASON is an experience to savor.
This was actually the first book that I have taken the time to sit down and read since this school semester had really gotten started for me. I enjoyed it, as I do all of Steven's books, but it wasn't my favorite. There was a time when I probably wouldn't have even cared for it at all because until this past year, I was not a dog person. I never understood how people could get so attached to their animals, but our kids talked us into getting a dog a little over a year ago and now I finally get it.
This is the story of the last summer that Billy spends at home before he goes off to to college. He is kind of adrift. He doesn't know what he wants to do with his is life and he seems to be the only one of his friends who is in this position. He takes a summer job at an animal shelter and this turns out to be the best decision he's ever made. He is even able to take is long time companion Jimmy, a mutt he adopted from the very same shelter years before, in to work with him. Throughout the summer Billy is also dealing some very hard issues. He's keeping a secret for a friend, one that has the potential to change many things including a new relationship with Vikki, the girl he is in love with.
This is the story of how Billy grows up and learns that things don't always turn out the way you hope, but the way they do turn out may be better for you in the long run. I won't say that I am a huge fan of how everything was resolved in the end. I feel like there were things that could have been handled better or at least with a little more closure, but I do understand why it ended the way it did. And as always Steven managed to make me cry at the end!
*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for my honest review.*