Before My Eyes
In Caroline Bock's "Before My Eyes," Claire has spent the last few months taking care of her six-year-old sister, Izzy, as their mother lies in a hospital bed. Claire believes she has everything under control until she meets a guy online who appears to be a kindred spirit. Claire is initially flattered by the attention but when she meets Max, the shy state senator's son, her feelings become complicated. Working alongside Max at a beachfront food stand is Barkley. Lonely and obsessive, Barkley has been hearing a voice in his head. Narrated in turns by Claire, Max, and Barkley, "Before My Eyes" captures a moment when possibilities should be opening up, but instead everything teeters on the brink of destruction.
- Hardback | 292 pages
- 160 x 216 x 25mm | 376g
- 17 Feb 2014
- St. Martin's Griffin
- United States
Praise for BEFORE MY EYES "[a] gripping novel."--"Publishers Weekly""" "[an] unflinching thriller."--"Bookpage" Praise for LIE "Suspenseful and thought-provoking, this is a compellingly readable novel with a challenging theme and memorable characterizations. A teriffiic choice to spark discussion and debate."--"Booklist" (starred review) "Avoiding preachiness, Bock handles the novel's multiple viewpoints exceptionally well, rotating among the painfully believable voices of high school students and adults. Her characters may keep the truth inside, but their story reads like a confessional."--"Publishers Weekly" (Starred Review) "Realistic and devastatingly insightful, this novel can serve as a springboard to classroom and family discussions. Unusual and important."--"Kirkus" (Starred Review) "Told in several voices, Bock creates a suspenseful, gripping, and powerful novel that will keep readers on their toes."--"Library Journal" (Starred Review)
About Caroline Bock
CAROLINE BOCK is the author of the critically-acclaimed young adult novel "LIE." She currently lives in Maryland with her husband and two children.
Our customer reviews
I wanted to read Before My Eyes because I loved the synopsis. It has a sick mom, a girl who is taking care of her sister, a mental illness and drug addiction. All tough issues that even singularly would grab my attention but I had great hopes that together they would be even more powerful. I know that Barkley is schizophrenia but the style of writing and they way that his head worked really threw me when I first started. I guess that makes it even more authentic since his mind wouldn't work anywhere similar to mine, but the intro we get def made me wonder what the tie between the three are and what would come from the events. We go back to "before" so that we can discover what happened. I think that works okay because my interest is def peaked for what got Max going and if there's hope for him as well as what happens. Claire was my favorite probably because it was easiest to relate to her, not only because she is a girl, but because of the responsibility on her shoulders. I see a lot of her struggles in myself both now and when I was her age even though circumstances are different. She had a struggle with how her mom's illness effected the family and if there was anything she could have done to change what happened. She loves her sister, but it is a lot of stuff to deal with when she just wanted to have fun. Max's story unfolded a little more slowly. We know his father is a politician and kinda strict with him as far as expectations. I got to like him though. He had a lot of expectation, and he is beginning to see that life isn't all black and white, that some of the people he thought was his friends disappointed him, and found friends in the most unlikely places. It was neat how their stories all wove together, more so than it first appeared. Innocent and then bigger ties to one another through living in the same town their road ran more and more parallel. The ending was shocking and emotional, but I think that with all of the build up I could expect nothing less from where the book was leading. It felt realistic to me, and though it gave a dark feel to the book, those themes are there all along and even in the synopsis. Bottom Line: Dark journey into three different protagonists--whose lives are connected even if they didn't know it at first.show moreby Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)