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This is part of a "series" but can be read as a stand-alone.
Once again, Garrett has broken my heart and fixed it all in one go.
Garrett gives great "broken boy". . She's handled many afflictions, mentally and physically, and has done them so, so well. The research behind them all is just incredible. This is probably one of my favorite comfort/healing books yet (aside from Misfits and Roads)
First your heart breaks for Calum. Emotionally beat down and "stuck" with the one guy who's supposed to love him. He ends up drunk, on a train, and with no money or place to go. Luckily for him, he ends up somewhere where his long lost friend, Brix, lives.
Brix is out on a mission to "save some chooks" when he comes across a familiar figure. Seems Brix doesn't just like to save chickens, he also likes to save people. He ends up stopping and bringing Calum home. Calum isn't the only one he's collected though. Seems like he has a whole tattoo shop full of misfits. I think Brix believes that if he can't fix himself, he might as well try for other people. It's his "stamp of goodness" on the world.
I think my favorite part of this story is Bongo and the whole saving of the chickens. Calum grows a bond with Bongo the chicken and it all seems very crucial to this story.
The chickens are a metaphor for Brix.
Just because the chickens are "damaged goods", doesn't mean they're not worth saving and given a new life. Brix's life isn't over, just because of this new way he has to live, and Calum helps to show him that. Just like he has a cuddler chicken, he now has a cuddler Brix. I think the old farmer in the end is also a metaphor for Brix affliction. Calum punches his way through it :)
Another thing I love was the folklore of the sea in this town and how there's healing and magic in it. Not in a paranormal way, but in a faith kind of way. The people a gruff, but endearing and I loved being an emmet in their world ;)
This was an incredible and wonderful story, I give it 4.5 chooks :D
About Garrett Leigh
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