Not Broken, Just Bent. Those are powerful words, if you think about it. At some point in everyone’s lives and/or relationships, things aren’t perfect. If you’re lucky, you make it through the bent and come out on the other side whole.
Tim had a rough life. His mother was mentally ill, his step-father not only hated him, but used him as a kicking dog. He took care of his three baby sisters and did good to survive. It seemed the best thing in his life was his best friend, Ben.
Ben lived with his father. His father was fairly strict, but loved his son and did the best for him and expected the best out of him. He also understood that Ben’s best friend had problems at home, although he didn’t know specifics. So, he took Tim under his wing as much as he could.
Tim was starting to go down the wrong road because of the physical and mental pain he was in. One night was finally too much for Ben and he told his father about the abuse that Tim was suffering. One night and then his friend was gone. Now he was in pain.
This is a lovely story of love and forgiveness. You will need several tissues. There is no explicit sex. It is a YA book. I recommend it to those who enjoy a moving, heart-felt YA read.
Braving the start of high school, longtime childhood friends Benjamin Wells and Timmy Norton quickly realize they are entering a whole new world colored by their family responsibilities. Ben is trying to please his strict father; Timmy is taking care of his younger sisters. While their easy camaraderie is still comfortable, Ben notices Timmy growing distant and evasive, but Ben has his own problems. It’s easier to let concerns about Timmy’s home life slide, especially when Timmy changes directions and starts to get a little too close. Ben doesn’t know how to handle the new feelings Timmy’s desire for love inspires, and his continuing denial wounds Timmy deeply.
But what Timmy perceives as Ben’s greatest betrayal is yet to come, and the fallout threatens to break them apart forever. Over the next four years, the push and pull between them and the outside world twists and tears at Ben and Timmy, and they are haunted by fear and regret. However, sometimes what seems broken is just a little bent, and if they can find forgiveness within themselves, Ben and Timmy may be able to move forward together.