I had the pleasure of reading this book that was sent to my by the author. It was called With Your Friends by William Grant.
Synopsis: Peter Hansen feels like he’s suffocating. His home is a battleground for his parent’s fights and the lonely world around him in Haverty, Illinois is filled with the problems he could face upon entry into adulthood at the end of his senior year of high school. Everything around him feels like it’s slowly closing in and he doesn’t know where to look for help. And then the divorce comes.
When his parents’ marriage finally falls apart, Peter thinks things will get better. What he begins to realize is that the only thing more suffocating than the fighting is the silence of his mother’s grief. He struggles to find peace of mind in a group of friends he meets at a local coffee shop. Through these relationships and his budding romance with his new friend, Ryan, Peter must find the air he needs and the beauty in a world where things frequently fall apart.
It’s been a while since I have read an indie book like this. It gave me the vibes of The Perks of Being a Wallflower with how it showed the story through Peter’s perspective. It deals with a boy trying to work on his love of writing while working through his parent’s divorce. He becomes part of a new friend group at a coffee shop and the rest goes from there.
It was a very coming of age novel. Peter gets to find himself and where he fits in this world and it was an interesting journey to take with him. The book is very realistic and had relatable characters to back it up.
There are trigger warnings for some content in this book so if you do have triggers, then be sure to check out the Goodreads page where they are listed.
I think this was a good book about a teen finding his way and I would read more by this author.
Book Rating: 3/5
You can buy the book on Amazon and find it on Goodreads.
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the author to read and give an honest review.
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