Seventeen year old Katelyn Richards is a stronger person than anyone will ever know, and that is just the way she wants it. Behind her normal facade lies the reality of a broken home life. Thanks to her abusive mother, a string of deadbeat stepfathers, and an unsympathetic system, Katelyn has learned that the only one she can count on is herself. Her life’s mission has become to shield her nine year old brother, Kevin, and to give him the future that they both wish for. A life with no more abuse, no worries about where their next meal will come from, and no more wondering if they will have a roof over their heads.
When her mother moves them again, this time to a small town in Montana, Katelyn’s resolve is shaken when she meets Max, a cute boy from her new school, who gets a glimpse into her real world. Max slowly manages to break through Katelyn’s wall of distrust, stirring up feelings she never saw coming. Now with her world more complicated than she ever intended, Katelyn struggles with the decision to follow her heart into the arms of the first boy she has ever loved. A decision that could risk the promise she made to protect Kevin, and to give them the ‘someday soon’ that is so close within their grasp.
Katelyn and her brother Kevin have never had it easy. They are constantly moving because of their mother Lucinda. Lucinda is abusive to Katelyn both verbally and physically. Katelyn figures that it is easier to take the brunt of her abuse to keep Kevin safe. She is afraid that if she were to tell someone about the abuse, that the system will split her and Kevin up. She makes a promise to Kevin that one day, everything will be okay for them. They call it their “Someday Soon”. Lucinda decides its time to leave California for Montana.
Katelyn first meets Max at the supermarket that his father owns. Max is determined to get to know her better so he offers to help tutor her in math. Katelyn is afraid to get too close to Max for fear of revealing her family situation. Little does she know that this town is unlike any other one that she has lived in. She begins to let her guard down with Max and has hope that “someday soon” may be closer than she thought. Things take a turn for the worse, affecting the one person she tried to shelter from the hurt, Kevin.
I bawled my eyes out while reading this, it was such a heart wrenching story. I had such a difficult time getting through it because the problems were so real. Katelyn is such a strong girl and the love she had for her brother was beautiful. I did not expect the last chapter and it broke my heart. Once I read the epilogue, I was glad how everything turned out. What an excellent book by Tiffany King!
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