There’s a single defining moment within every skater.
It lasts only a second. Two if you're good.
Three if you’re really good.
It’s the moment you’re in the air, your board somewhere beneath you, and nothing but wind surrounds you.
It’s the feeling of being airborne.
The sixteen-year-old version of me would’ve said it was the greatest feeling in the world.
Then at seventeen, I had my son.
And every single second became a defining moment. Even the ones that consisted of heartbreak when his mother left us.
Seventeen. Single. Dad.
That’s what my life became.
Yet, every day, I managed to find that feeling of being airborne.
Or at least I convinced myself I did.
But I lied—to myself and to everyone around me.
Until she showed up; Tanned skin, raven dark hair, and eyes the color of emeralds.
You know what sucks about being in the air?
Coming down from the high.
Sometimes you land on the board and nail the trick.
Then kick, push, and coast away.
Other times you fall.
You fall hard.
And those are the times when it’s not as easy to get back up, dust off your pads and try again.
Especially when the girl with the emerald eyes becomes your drug...
And you become her poison.
Holy Fire Truck!! I cried! Boy did I cry!! Read the blurb people! I am not going to tell you too much more! There's a lot of both beauty and sadness here and I had a field day highlighting quotes that touched me. So... that's what you're getting from me today! This is the story of genuine love, selflessness, and utter heartbreak! Yes there's laughter, there's an adorable child, there's funny best friends, but there's also grief, broken and lost souls, and unbearable sadness! Josh is my hero. He was only a child when left alone to raise a child of his own. "There are some sacrifices greater than love. And some loves greater than any sacrifice." You feel his pain, his struggle and his happiness with every smile given from his son. Becca. She's beautiful, intriguing, talented and different. She's also very broken.
Josh immediately falls for her. How could he not? Her emerald eyes are mesmerizing, and she has an immediate bond with his son. He's a goner.
"I don't control my actions-fear does." But unfortunately for these two broken and lost people... "real life-it was a fucking asshole"
Unfortunately, there was a point I started double and triple checking my percentage left. Things didn't seem to be going where I thought they'd go. No spoilers here, but there's a couple of surprises, and I can't say I was all too happy with what I got! I was a little frustrated at times and a little confused.
Regardless of that, Jay McLean has written a beautiful story about so much more than skating and being a single dad. It's inspirational. It's heartfelt, and it's left me needing MORE!
"There's a big difference between being happy and being selfish. Choose to be happy. Fire truck the rest."