Aaron Downing worshiped his mother. She saved his life. She did everything for him. But Anthony Downing has a different perspective. He sees the woman who tossed him into a basement for eight long years and forgot he existed. When Anthony decides he’s done being invisible, he packs up and heads for Detroit to stay with his Internet friend Jay, but fate intervenes.
Brendan Mears lost everything the day the man with a gun came into his father’s store. Now, he’s tethered to a business he can’t manage and a brother who resents him.
Anthony by J.P. Barnaby is the fourth book in the Survivor series. It’s about seventeen-year-old Anthony’s reaction to one betrayal too many from the people closest to him. He packs a bag and runs to meet the only person he believes still cares about him, his internet friend Jay. Fortunately for him, Anthony’s car breaks down in front of a convenience store owned by brothers who may give him renewed hope.
Barnaby did a fantastic job with this book. I’ve never seen a series book that can be read so easily as a standalone. Anthony’s pain was heartbreakingly real and it touched every aspect of his life and personality. There were times throughout the book that I got frustrated with him for his immaturity, but then I reminded myself that number one, he was a teenager, and number two, he felt invisible to his family for the past eight years. So maybe his attitude was reasonable.
The rest of Barnaby’s characters were equally real. The panic that Brendan felt whenever he thought about his brother, Patrick, getting hurt was contrasted with Patrick’s resentful devotion to the only family he had left. This story about broken families helping each other to heal is a must read.