Monday, November 16, 2015

Weathering the Storm by Caitlin Ricci

Title: Weathering the Storm

Author: Caitlin Ricci 

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press

Genre: YA, Contemporary, MM, interracial

Pages: 180

Reviewer: Redz

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Publisher's Blurb

Robbie’s dad has always been hard on Robbie and his brothers, but when their mom dies on Robbie’s sixteenth birthday, he becomes downright abusive. Robbie doesn't understand why his dad is so mean to him or why his brothers resent him for their mom's accident, but he desperately tries to hide the bruises. On top of that, after his dad's horse training jobs run out, he moves them to Colorado to their uncle's ranch in the mountains.
At Uncle Caleb's cabin, Robbie meets Sam, a boy whose family also lives on the property. Finally he has a real friend who shares his love of horses, but Sam is black and openly gay. Both traits incur Robbie’s father’s rage. When his dad attacks Robbie in front of Uncle Caleb for standing up for Sam and himself, all of their secrets are thrown out into the open, and Robbie's life is changed forever.


I don't review a whole lot of YA, but I am so very glad I picked up Weathering the Storm by Caitlin Ricci. This is a sweet, yet very powerful coming of age, and first love romance. Robbie has always been the black sheep of his family. His father was always hard on him. Harder than on his two brothers. But he accepts that, he has his horse and his riding. That is all he needs in his life. That is till his mom dies. Then the hatred that his father has for him changes to violence. Anything can set the man off. Robbie has no idea why either. When they move to Uncle Caleb's Robbie gets his first friend in Sam a stable hand that lives on the property. Sam is openly gay. This is another mark against poor Robbie. Robbie never once blames Sam. He never once tries to be anything but a good brother. I loved that about him that no matter what his dad did he didn't break the good soul Robbie has. Robbie has a good heart he has just never been allowed to show it till Sam. Sam is a good kid. He knows who he is, and he wants to help Robbie he just doesn't know how. He is also getting over an old love too. I liked how Sam leads Robbie and eventually gets his man. This story really is powerfully written. There are a few scenes that are not for the tender hearted. When Robbie gets his final beating it is bad, but I still think it is a beautifully done YA with themes of excepting yourself, and finding yourself while still being a teenager. 

                       Five Shooting Stars

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