I hope no one went into shock when they read the post title.
This is not a post about relationship cheating. No need to write one about that.
Last week I wrote something about some of the books I consider Treasures. Books I love and cherish. Books that had some kind of significant impact on me. Helped me to understand myself better. Helped me think a little deeper than usual. Helped me experience some emotions in a meaningful way. Helped make my world a little bigger than it was before I read the book.
But today this is a post about how, as one of the bloggers on this here site, I get to cheat a little. In my post on Books You Treasure, I listed three titles that were on my mind at the time I was writing the post, and I invited each of you to share three books you've read that might fit into this category.
Well, I can't believe I forgot to mention one of my all-time favorites. So I'm going to cheat (or s-t-r-e-t-c-h things, which sounds nicer) and add a fourth book, Clear Water by Amy Lane. (Oh, and the cover photo is by Dan Skinner!!)
Amy wrote a magnificent book about a guy about my age who has ADHD and how it complicates his life. He has low self-esteem, sees himself as seriously damaged and broken, is convinced he will never find some one who would see him as worthy of love.
Though I didn't identify with every single issue Patrick has, I felt like I knew this character inside and out. And it was the first book I'd ever read where one of the MCs has ADHD and where his ADHD plays a critical role in the storyline.
When I first heard of the plot, I was extremely skeptical. I was initially worried the author would use his ADHD to make fun of him or would use his ADHD to present him in a really comic or pathetic way. I hadn't read anything by Ms. Lane, so I approached this just waiting for the hammer to fall.
How wrong I could be. In the introduction to her book, Amy Lane explains that she has a young son with ADHD and she and her husband attended some type of class for parents with children who have ADHD. Believe me, this story convinced me she really "gets" what it's like to live with this neurological condition. This is a beautiful story told by one of my all-time favorite MM authors.
I tell people sometimes, if you want to get a little glimpse into what life is like for me, read this book. My life doesn't exactly parallel the life of Patrick, the MC who has ADHD, but it could have been me saying many of the things he verbalizes, especially about how he doubts himself, his low self-esteem, seeing himself as damaged or broken, or his fears he will never find love. Yeah, ADHD can do that to you.
If you're not familiar with Amy Lane, this might be a good place to start. Many of her books are very intense emotionally (or angst-ridden), which is something I love and always endears me to an author. This book is low on the angst, but how can I hold that against her? It's a beautiful story... one dear to my heart... and one of the books in my Treasures folder.
Since I cheated by adding one more book to my Treasures list, feel free to add another one of you if you'd like.