Publication date: 7 September 2017
Seventeen-year-old Joe hasn’t seen his brother in ten years. Ed didn’t walk out on the family, not exactly. It’s something more brutal.
Ed’s locked up — on death row.
Now his execution date has been set, and the clock is ticking. Joe is determined to spend those last weeks with his brother, no matter what other people think … and no matter whether Ed committed the crime. But did he? And does it matter, in the end?
This poignant, timely, heartbreaking novel asks big questions: What value do you place on life? What can you forgive? And just how do you say goodbye?
I have to applaud Sarah Crossan for writing this book in a modern poetry format. This book was written perfectly, I can’t imagine it in a traditional writing style. The poetries made up each chapter, some are long, some are straight to the point. Like one sentence, it was an arrow that shoots through your heart like bullseyes.
Joe’s brother, Ed is sentenced to death with the crime of murdering a police officer. Ed claims that he was tricked into signing a confession for the crime, but there is nothing he can do now that he is near death’s doors. Joe comes from a dysfunctional family. Despite that, he is such a soft boy. He just wants someone to feed him food, give occasional hugs and prove his brother’s innocents.
“You can know all the facts you want about a person –
height, weight, the way they like her eggs –
but you never know for sure what’s driving his heart”
Sara Crossman takes us through the tiniest details of how a family goes through a death sentence of a beloved family member. She also takes us behind the bars of how the inmates feel about their death on a date. It was raw and candid. Like Sunday Times said, “Any reader with a heart will weep buckets”. It stays true to this quote.
I love the ending note of this book. The last sentence of this book is perfect. I shan’t spoil it for you but if you like it please comment so we can gush about it! This book was a quick read, I finished it in a day.
Thank you to @definitelybooks for sending me a copy of this book to review. Please do check this out.