“Can we lose a loved one without losing ourselves?
Twenty-eight-year-old Drew Thomson is haunted by a troubled past. After struggling for years with alcoholism and antisocial behavior, he ends a stable relationship with his girlfriend and finds himself without a home, job, or purpose.
Just as he learns that his father is terminally ill, he meets a stranger who offers him a flicker of hope for a better future. But is he ready to bury the past?
Rich with dark humor and a keen insight into the human condition, this debut fictional release from author Brent Jones delves into life’s most pressing trials—destructive relationships, love, loss, and pursuing happiness.”
*This book was sent to me for review by the author. All opinions stated are my own*
This book is going to be something that will stay with me for a long time. It was great!
Going into this book, I honestly didn’t know much about it. After reading the synopsis, I thought it was going to be a mystery or thriller but I was blown away when that wasn’t the case at all.
I think that the inclusion of addiction was essential to the story the author was trying to tell. We really got a look into the world of a main character who suffers from addiction and as he tries to overcome it. I have only read one other book that deals with this condition that is such a big problem in today’s society (especially in the city that I live in). It is definitely something that I think should be included (or at least somehow incorporated) in more books since it is such a serious condition many people suffer from.
I could really connect with our main character, Drew. As someone who has lost two of my grandparents to cancer in just the past 4 years, I could really understand what he was going through as he is dealing with his father who is suffering from cancer. It broke my heart and made me a little emotional to go through this journey with him. It must have been such a hard time to deal with the death of his father. I also, like I said previously, enjoyed the story of him dealing with addiction at the same time.
As far as as the overall plot of this book, I did really enjoy it as I stated earlier. I think that everything that was incorporated into this book made the story really come together as a whole. The story was very character focused and I usually like books that are like that. It made me laugh, get emotional, and feel happy at all different times throughout the entire book. It was a little slow getting into it but once I did, I couldn’t put the book down.
Overall, this book was very enjoyable. If you guys want to pick up a nice late summer or early fall read that is very character driven I would recommend picking this book up.
Brent Jones said:
Thank you for the wonderful review, Jackie! I appreciate it, and I’m thrilled you enjoyed The Fifteenth of June.
Watch out for Fender, my second novel, coming August 21.