April 14

The five stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson

I wondered how I’d go with a book in which the characters had suffered so much hardship in their young lives. The notion of a young man, literally living in a hospital, afraid to leave its confines and the connection with his dead family seemed very improbable, but as I read, Drew’s story and that of his friends, the patients, absorbed me. His journey to eventual letting go of his guilt had many ups and downs. Parallel to that, were the experiences of Rusty, Lexi and Trevor, all in themselves coming to various realizations of sorts and moving on with their lives. I don’t want to give the story away but have to say it was very much worth the read.