Weight of the World, by N.K. Smith

26 Aug

Format: ebook

Published: August 25, 2011

Publisher: The Writers’ Coffee Shop Publishing House

Back cover blurb:

Book Three in the ‘Old Wounds’ Series.

Now that the lonely and deeply damaged teenagers have discovered a strong interest in one another, what else is left to reveal and how much more can each of them handle? Sophie has taken great steps to let him in, but is Elliott ready to do the same?

With a painful past buried deep within him, Elliott embarks on a journey of self-discovery propelled by a need to be normal for his new girlfriend. Amid a lifetime of betrayal, Sophie continues down the perilous road of recovering her true strength. Each of them has something to hide and an incredible untapped reserve of compassion, love, and friendship.

Their new relationship is put to the test by both mundane and extraordinary circumstances alike. Sophie has to face up to the life she’s led, while Elliott must decide to come to terms with the life he’s been given.

The hardest part of learning how to love is allowing oneself to be vulnerable to another. As children, their choices were taken from them, and as young adults they struggle to lower their walls and let each other in. Sophie Young and Elliott Dalton continue to explore life, themselves, and each other. They learn how to trust and what it takes to fully participate in a life of love.. Every day they reveal a little more about themselves, but will it be enough or will the past continue to hold them hostage?

My review:

N.K. Smith’s third novel, The Weight of the World, picks up right where we left off in Little Battles, with teenagers Sophie and Elliott still trying to overcome the trauma of their pasts. While Sophie is making huge progress, having given up drugs and reckless sexual encounters, Elliott still has so much bottled up inside him that when he cracks it is catastrophic.

 

Elliott slowly reveals some of his father’s brutality to Sophie, and along with it the religious zealotry with which he was indoctrinated as a child. Smith’s use of biblical passages – which Elliott can recite at length without stuttering, thanks to his father’s beatings – show her mastery of understanding of this complicated upbringing, to the point where one fears her writing is based on experience. If this comes purely from her imagination, it is incredible. Either way, the writing is fantastic.

 

Sweet, kind Elliott becomes angry, frustrated Elliott who obsesses over his late mother and blocks Sophie’s attempts to help him with increasingly sexual encounters. When he finally breaks down completely, it is heartbreaking and frightening to read.

 

So many questions still remain. What happened to Joseph? What is so awful down in the basement? And will Sophie and Elliott ever be able to have a normal, loving relationship? Luckily, a fourth book, Where All Things Will Grow, is planned in which, hopefully, the two teenagers will get the happy ending they both deserve.

 

My rating: 5/5

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