Believing Rory by S.C. Wynne was as tough to read–and as wonderful–as I thought it would be. This one really brought the angst but I’m glad S.C. wasn’t too afraid to tackle this topic.
So many of us have dealt with, or are currently struggling with, mental illness. It’s not always something we want to even admit to ourselves, let alone talk about, but this book really shines a spotlight on these issues.
It was difficult to read, but well worth it.
The book begins immediately after Rory kills himself and Lane has been left to pick up the pieces of his life without his best friend. He’s so angry, betrayed and uncertain he wants to be in a world without Rory.
The beginning of the book was by far the hardest to read. Lane is in such a dark place that it really affected me. Multiple times I had to put it down and walk away but I never considered not finishing. The writing and the story were just too good.
Baron comes across as this guy who has life completely figured out–smart, confident, popular. Looks are deceiving though and it turned out that Baron was just as damaged (if not more so) than Lane. I loved how they balanced each other out and were anchors for each other. There relationship probably wouldn’t have worked otherwise.
I wish there had been just a little bit more with the ending, but I can also understand why S.C. left it how she did. Lane and Baron are at the beginning of their lives so a big, flashy HEA would have rang as false. Don’t get me wrong–there isn’t a cliff hanger or anything. I’m just greedy.
This story has trip wires for triggers all over it, so be very careful. Personally, I had to wait over a week to start it after it came up in my TBR list, because I knew that if I wasn’t in the right headspace this book could completely fuck me up.
Believing Rory is the kind of book that may not necessarily appeal to the general masses. There are some intense moments dealing with depression, self medicating and suicidal ideation that won’t be suitable for everyone. But anyone who has ever felt alone or like their existence doesn’t matter to the world will relate to Lane and Baron and will feel their pain. Hopefully, their story of triumph will inspire others to not give up.
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Will Rory bring them together or stand between them?
Eighteen-year-old Lane Graham has always relied on his braver, more confident buddy, Rory. But Rory’s sudden suicide blindsides Lane and sends him into an emotional tailspin. How’s he supposed to start college in a few months feeling this damaged?
Baron MacDonald knew Rory from playing League of Legends together. He was always intrigued by Lane’s online presence, and Rory had promised to set them up. Now that Rory’s gone, Baron has to approach Lane on his own.
On the surface, Baron and Lane couldn’t seem more different. Baron is confident and serious, and Lane is guarded and uncertain. But it’s the pain beneath the flesh that binds these two souls together like barbed wire and cement.