BOOKLIST: This quiet and unassuming novel will take readers by surprise with its depth and emotional complexity. Dunbar (These Gentle Wounds, 2014) has developed a slow-burning narrative that reveals the terrifying and tenuous connection between two young men who are both unsure of what exactly they mean to each other. This is a gorgeous examination of the painful and delicate connections formed in the midst of trauma and desperation.
Michael Sterling disappeared from the library in Millway, Maine when he was twelve. Everyone assumed that he was kidnapped, but he considers it the best day of his life. Now, after five years, Michael has come home. His blond hair is dyed black and he uses the name Sean, but those aren’t the only things that have changed. The boy whose photo was plastered on the front page of the newspapers under the headline “ABDUCTED” is now seventeen and struggling to figure out where he belongs.
Sean returns with a plan to save Trip –the neighbor boy he had an intense and complicated relationship with during his years away – from his own dysfunctional circumstances. But coming home is more confusing to Sean than leaving had been. While he's changed over the past five years, so has the town; as his careful plans begin to crumble, so does everything he believed about his idyllic other life.
"One young man coming to terms with who he was, who he is, and particularly, with whom he wants to be romantically. Though secondary characters take a backseat to Sean’s self-discovery, brief glimpses of their backgrounds are enough to satisfy the reader. The book’s idyllic resolution will appeal to fans of romance. Hand this dramatic coming-of-age tale to introspective teens seeking a contemporary puzzle." —VOYA
“This is a quietly intense novel about friendship, love, and what it means to be a family. . . . Hand to fans of Adam Silvera’s books and Carrie Mesrobian’s Cut Both Ways.” —School Library Journal