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**WARNING: There is a scene in this story which can be a trigger for someone who has suffer from violence and sexual abuse.
REVIEW: My Torin is the first book I read by K. Webster, curiosity got the best of me, the book description drove me in and I was lost once I started reading it.
In a painfully evocative and brutally honest story, K. Webster’s My Torin explores these characters’s misfortune. In a world where mental illness is almost on epidemic levels, we find stories of perseverance, love and a lot of patience, and it is in stories like My Torin where we perhaps get to experience it first hand without being totally consumed by the struggle of those who suffer from it.
My Torin is the story of 3 very different individuals who are brought together under terrible circumstances. Casey was abandoned as a child, she was left on the doorsteps of a church on a snowy day. Known to the world as Casey Doe or Casey Cocaine as a child she moved from family to family in a system that hardly ever provide the protection children so greatly need.
As part of the system Casey is accustomed to disappointment, to struggle & lack of love, she suffers from ADHD and it is constantly hounded by the thoughts of abandonment & loss. She feels unloved and unwanted but that all changes when she meets Tyler. As she crosses path with this man Casey can’t help but feel hope. Tyler is the oldest of the Klines, two brothers who have been hurt by life unpredictability and while they are happy in their own ways he knows that he and his brother need more than each other. That’s when Casey comes to the picture.
As the story progresses we are introduced to these characters from different angles. We slowly learn about their likes & dislikes, we are exposed to their differences and soon enough we are captivated by their emotions. While Casey and Tyler are open books, Torin mental illness/disorder keeps him closed up as a window shut by years of paint. In a very emotional and heart-wrenching story, we learn about these characters misgivings, their failures and their desire and need for connection and love. The author does an amazing job bringing these characters together without taking away the essence of their individual struggles.
Torin is a wonderful character, he is kind, passionate and smart. Tyler is caring, understanding and loving and Casey is strong, intelligent and patient. What makes these characters perfect are their flaws, their ability to look beyond pain and while it is hard, they go on with broken hearts letting love and their deep connection map their future.
My Torin is a story of love, connection, struggles, and pain but it is also a story that exposes the reality that so many people with autism experience in life. K. Webster did a fantastic job crafting a story that is perhaps the closest to reality some of us will ever get. This story is beautiful, it is full of hope, love and understanding.
Do I recommend this book? Yes Yes
Can’t wait to read it? Buy it now!