Samantha Jean Haggert is a beautiful twelve-year-old girl—but no one knows it. All they see is an awkward boy in a baseball cap and baggy pants. Sam’s not thrilled with the idea of hiding her identity, but it’s all part of her older brother’s plan to keep Sam safe from male attention and hidden from the law. Fifteen-year-old Jacob will stop at nothing to protect his sister, including concealing the death of the one person who should have protected them in the first place—their mother.
Sam and Jacob try to outrun their past by stealing the family car and traveling from West Virginia to Arizona, but the adult world proves mighty difficult to navigate, especially for two kids on their own. Trusting adults has never been an option; no adult has ever given them a good reason. But when Sam meets “Jesus”—who smells an awful lot like a horse—in the park, life takes a different turn. He saved her once, and may be willing to save Sam and her brother again, if only they admit what took place that fateful day in West Virginia. The problem? Sam doesn’t remember, and Jacob isn’t talking.
Innocence somehow survives the dark in a story that show us love between brother and sister, and hope, there are still good people in the world.
The book is narrated by Sam, and it’s the perfect perspective of a 12-13 year old, her innocence is very well portrayed … there were situations that made me feel rage, sadness, impotence and … I wanted to scream and warn Sam about the danger, a danger she couldn’t see because of her innocence.
Her brother, Jacob … what can I say about him? My heart broke for him 1000 times, he felt the weight of the world on his back, he just wanted to protect Sam, and he almost died *insert little teardrop here* Jacob managed to protect Sam but he was so stressed that he also pushed her away … until the end, when he had to reveal the truth of what happened.
Good thing there is good people in the World, Sam and Jacob met Boone, the angel they needed and who eventually saved them.
If you like dramatic books, filled with tension and shocking revelations, this is the book for you.