While other high school seniors are dreaming about their futures, Sophie and Carter are just trying to make it through each day. Carter is overwhelmed by troubles at home as he struggles to support his mother. Meanwhile, next door neighbor Sophie is left to care for her three younger siblings in place of their absent and troubled mother. All that holds these two best friends together is each other, and knowing that each night they’ll sit together on Sophie’s front porch swing and escape from their troubles, if just for awhile. But as their relationship reaches a turning point and high school graduation nears, what lies ahead for Sophie and Carter?-book description
"I was smiling and pursing my lips like an oaf while reading this especially when Sophie and Carter are all alone having their moment on the front porch swing. I couldn’t take it. It just made me so happy!! But as I go on through another page, I was doing my best not to cry. This book is wonderful. Short but wonderful. Chelsea Fine should make a sequel!"-inferior
|I could definitely see Shay Mitchell as Sophie in the story. She has a lot to deal with at home being the oldest and having to take care of her siblings without her mother around.|
This is a short novel by a self published author. Many who have Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Real Boy on their Favorite list have this book too. There is just something moving about this story. As it starts you would think these two are everyday teens who live next door to each other. They could actually be someone you know in your neighborhood or even at school. Yet, as the story progresses you really see how much they have to deal with at home. And you find your self wanting to know what will happen to Sophie and her young siblings alone at home. Will Carter ever get a break with all the stress he puts up with, with his Mom?
Its a universal story. Really, a story like this could happen to anyone, no matter what ethic background.
Naturally, their situation is a lot like the stories of SHAMELESS (showtime). Yet, that show seems to get bleaker and bleaker through the season..at least this story was one of hope, and I think that's what makes it so endearing is that we really admire the courage of these characters.
Hopefully, Chelsea Fine has a lot more stories to tell. She's got a lot of us hooked, after Sophie & Carter.
“Love. Not the kind you see in the movies or hear about on the radio. The real kind. The kind that gets beaten down and bloody, yet perseveres. The kind that hopes even when hope seems foolish. The kind that can forgive. The kind that believes in healing. The kind that can sit in silence and feel renewed. The real kind of love. It’s rare and we have it..”-Sophie & Carter