Jose is a poor migrant Latino with eight siblings who is flung into a totally different
world when he wins a scholarship to a prestigious college in New England. He has
never had a home or the stability that one provides, but has travelled from farm
to farm with the seasonal crops.
Phillip is an only child from a wealthy family. He comes to school following in
his father’s footstep as is expected of him. His parents have two homes; one is a
condo in New York, and the other, a large farm in Vermont.
These two disparate characters are the basis of a very well written, very socially
conscientious story of how these two boys, when forced together as first year
roommates, meet, get acquainted, and learn to love each other, despite their
completely opposite upbringings. The book follows the lives of the two during
learning to trust each other, unexpected guests, violence, and heartbreak.
Michael Murphy has written an extremely heartfelt book with intelligence
and compassion. It pulls emotions from the reader and makes them feel for
each of the characters, sometime in not such positive ways. You feel for each
character, whether it be the love and hardships of Jose, or the generosity or
selfishness of Phillip. It draws you in, teaches you about compassion, rips your
heart out, and leaves you with a feeling of completeness as the two finally come
to understandings and compromise.
I loved the book, and will be reading more of Mr. Murphy because I like his
style, the ease of read, the emotion he brings to his story, and the compassion it
brought to my heart.