Author: Grace Waters
Release Date: February 7, 2015
Have you ever reflected on your life and thought, “If I knew then what I know now, my life would be very different”?
I want to be the one to tell you my story so you’ll understand me. So you’ll see more than some guy who’s been thrown in jail more times than he can remember. More than a guy who’s thrown away a promising future in baseball to party instead. More than the thug you see when you look at all my tattoos. More than what you see when I’m messed up on drugs, or drunk on more alcohol than humanly possible.
So listen up because I have a lot to tell you. Take a walk with me through my life, at a time when everything started to go wrong, but I was too young to know.
If I could go back and know what I know now, everything would be different.
I’ll tell you up front that this book is not a romance. Nothing about this story is fantastical or sweet. Twenty2 is a story of pain, struggle, and that overwhelming fear that comes from watching yourself fall and feeling absolutely powerless to stop it. Honestly, I had no idea what I was getting myself into with this book. I could tell from the synopsis that this journey would be raw and unexpected and I could never have predicted the emotional impact of this story. Twenty2 was like watching a freight train flying right at me and all I could do was pray that somehow it derailed before we reached total and complete devastation. Grace Waters has a voice. A voice that is strong, sure, and terrifyingly honest. I hope that this book is only the beginning, because Grace has the potential to touch innumerable hearts with her words.
“She’s been through too much in her life for me to put that burden on her. This is one thing I can carry for her, though. This is one way I can show how much I love her, even if she doesn’t know about it.”
Knowing that this story is based on actual events only serves to break my heart a little bit more. I can’t imagine the pain of writing from the point of view of someone in such a broken and lost place, especially when the story is true. It’s hard to measure this book by the usual criteria because it never felt like a story. There wasn’t a specific plotline; there was just the reality of being. There was no character development, only the genuine essence of human life and struggle and hope. Chase grew and changed and broke and lived as authentically on those pages as anyone can hope to out in the world. This book is his story, completely and unquestionably. Grace Waters did not create a voice, she absolutely captured one, and the emotional weight of that daunting task is staggering.
“I never knew I was so loved by so many people. I never knew I had so many people who would miss me.”
Grace Waters has created a stunning masterpiece of love and destruction with Twenty2. This book grabbed ahold of my heart effortlessly and captured me with its simple truths and stunning emotional power. Somewhere along the way, this story had me falling in love with a beautifully broken boy whose inimitable journey will undoubtedly leave its mark. Twenty2 is a storm of emotions all at once until I was left in the hardest ugly cry I’ve had in a while. Despite the devastating darkness of this book, moments of light and love speckled the blackness to allow for a sense of peace to settle over this story. I hope people will read this book and be as moved to action and as inspired to hope as I have been. Chase’s story is not for the faint of heart, but then again life rarely is.
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