Synopsis: It was hate at first sight…
I hated Cable James McCaffrey.
He was entitled, spoiled, a user…and an addict.
He was out of control and didn’t bother trying to hide it.
He had everything anyone could want but still seemed miserable and lost.
Every move he made, every mistake he stumbled his way through, rubbed me the wrong way. However, I couldn’t stop myself from trying to save him from himself when no one else would. In the sweltering heat of the summer, Cable taught me that having it all means nothing if you can’t have the one thing you want more than anything else.
I was obsessed with Affton Reed.
She was rigid, uptight, and no fun. There was something about her innate goodness that called to me.
She acted like she was above all the normal faults and failures that clung to the rest of us like the scent of smoke after a fire.
I was infatuated with her, but that didn’t stop me from acting like she didn’t exist.
In the scorching heat of summer, Affton taught me that there is always a way back from the brink of despair. She showed me that the trick to having it all was realizing that it was already there, in my hands. All I had to do was hold onto it.
The road to recovery is full of twists and turns no matter who is in the driver’s seat.
Review: I was touched by the beginning of the novel, a part of the personal like of the author that I’m sure wasn’t easy and that she shares with us through Cable. This start put me in a particular state of mind for the novel and I was impatient to discover the story and the characters.
We learn to know Affton and Cable, two different characters… Affton had to deal with the overdose of her mother and since then she needs to help people around her. While she takes notice of Cable, a boy of her high school, who is taking drugs and that she sees that nobody say a thing, she knows she can’t continue to watch him like that without doing a thing. Worse than that, he is spoiled, does what he wants without any problems and it’s really difficult for Affton to accept that. She is trying to help him, to make him understand, but it’s more complicated than expected.
It’s a touching novel with some strong themes like drugs, alcohol, rehabilitation, but mainly on acceptation. I had a good time with the novel but it’s true that after the note of the author I was expecting more of the story and in the end something was missing for me.