Finished Bang by Barry Lyga. I received a copy for review.
Sebastian is basically known for one thing in his tiny Maryland town: when he was four, he shot and killed his four-month-old sister. It tore his family apart and ever since he was old enough, he’s planned to commit suicide. It’s never been quite the right time, but now it is. This is the summer he’ll die.
This book is so intense. You can feel his mother’s grief and Sebastian’s pain (and shame) and you can see just how hard they’re fighting to keep moving forward and how tenuous that forward motion is. And there are small pieces of hope, glimmers that say maybe they can keep going after all.
This is a hard book to read; I cried more than once. But it’s also so important and so necessary.