Aaron is the first title by J.P. Barnaby that I have had the pleasure to read. I’ve heard that J.P. Barnaby is a tough author to read because she doesn’t pull any punches. You will quickly discover that I like the hard reads. The broken boys with the issues and a lot of baggage. I like to see characters who have struggles but still manage to grow and overcome those issues. This book pretty much has all of that. Aaron is a very broken boy. He was the victim of a brutal attack and has severe PTSD. Fate puts him in the path of Spencer, a deaf boy, who is tired of being the tagged as the slow guy because of his hearing impairment. Aaron and Spencer become fast friends and it is through Spencer that Aaron sees that life might really be worth living.
What I loved about this book: Where do I even start?? Okay, the struggles. The sensitivity Spencer shows toward Aaron. The special moments shared together as an obstacle is overcome. How the story of what happens to Aaron is slowly revealed. The tenderness. This book is light out of darkness. Hope out of tragedy.
Rating: Bad Ass Boots!