From Goodreads: Seventeen year old Katelyn Richards is a stronger person than anyone will ever know, and that is just the way she wants it. Behind her normal facade lies the reality of a broken home life. Thanks to her abusive mother, a string of deadbeat stepfathers, and an unsympathetic system, Katelyn has learned that the only one she can count on is herself. Her life’s mission has become to shield her nine year old brother, Kevin, and to give him the future that they both wish for. A life with no more abuse, no worries about where their next meal will come from, and no more wondering if they will have a roof over their heads.
When her mother moves them again, this time to a small town in Montana, Katelyn’s resolve is shaken when she meets Max, a cute boy from her new school, who gets a glimpse into her real world. Max slowly manages to break through Katelyn’s wall of distrust, stirring up feelings she never saw coming. Now with her world more complicated than she ever intended, Katelyn struggles with the decision to follow her heart into the arms of the first boy she has ever loved. A decision that could risk the promise she made to protect Kevin, and to give them the ‘someday soon’ that is so close within their grasp.
King’s latest novel will leave readers feeling open and raw; this gritty tale of life, love, and abuse is so gripping and touching, it’s impossible to put down. Though gut wrenching and heartbreaking, Wishing for Someday Soon is a must read, a story of love and redemption that, with its vivid characters and hellacious circumstances, urges the reader to turn the pages as this fictitious story brings real tears to the eyes.
Katelyn has a terrible life, yet she is a strong, personable character who diligently protects her little brother, Kevin, and doesn’t allow her circumstances to make her a bitter person. I was enraptured with the story; King has an innate ability to create extremely real life situations and characters, which caused me to spend much of the novel in tears as it unfolded. I wept for three fourths of the novel as this gripping tale ate away at my soul, but many of the tears were for joy, as ironic as that may sound. Katelyn’s life is horrible, yet she remains strong for her younger brother, and though her home life is atrocious, the love and care she finds in her new town is extremely moving. The willingness of strangers to help them really broke my heart, leaving me in awe of these amazing people who came to Katelyn’s and Kevin’s aide. It really is an amazing story that left me breathless; I stayed up all night reading it and was wholly satisfied and thankful at the conclusion of the novel. King never ceases to amaze me, and her latest novel is a beautiful tale that all must read. Five stars.
I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.