Sunday, January 11, 2015

There Will Come a Time Book Review

Title: There Will Come a Time
Author: Carrie Arcos
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: April 15, 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1442495852

320 pp.

ARC provided by publisher

Carrie Arcos has written a quiet, sensitive novel about a quiet, sensitive protagonist. Mark is a gifted musician who lost his twin sister in a car accident. It's bad enough losing Grace, but since he was driving the car when they were hit by a distracted driver, he's lost in as much guilt as grief.

Mark has withdrawn inside himself as he goes through the motions of therapy. But when Grace's best friend Hanna discovers Grace's bucket list, she convinces Mark to join her in completing the list. Mark's not sure what to do about his complicated feelings about Hanna, either. His impulse is to push everyone away.

The novel is a poignant, believable story about loss and surviving. It's set in a suburb of  Los Angeles that one's not likely to see on reality television and Mark's family is a multicultural mix of Filipino and Caucasian. Kudos to Arcos (who is white) for showing another facet of life in L.A.

I'd recommend There Will Come a Time to readers who enjoyed Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard or Something Like Normal by Trish Doller.

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