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Finding Jake: A Novel

Finding Jake: A Novel


Finding Jake: A Novel

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A heart-wrenching yet ultimately uplifting story of psychological suspense in which a parent is forced to confront what he does-and does not-know about his teenage son, in the vein of Reconstructing Amelia, Defending Jacob, and We Need to Talk about Kevin.

While his successful wife goes off to her law office each day, Simon Connolly takes care of their kids, Jake and Laney. Now that they are in high school, the angst-ridden father should feel more relaxed, but he doesn't. He's seen the statistics, read the headlines. And now, his darkest fear is coming true. There has been a shooting at school.

Simon races to the rendezvous point, where he's forced to wait. Do they know who did it? How many victims were there? Why did this happen? One by one, parents are led out of the room to reunite with their children. Their numbers dwindle, until Simon is alone.

As his worst nightmare unfolds, and Jake is the only child missing, Simon begins to obsess over the past, searching for answers, for hope, for the memory of the boy he raised, for mistakes he must have made, for the reason everything came to this. Where is Jake? What happened in those final moments? Is it possible he doesn't really know his son? Or he knows him better than he thought?

Brilliantly paced, Finding Jake explores these questions in a tense and emotionally wrenching narrative. Harrowing and heartbreaking, surprisingly healing and redemptive, it is a story of faith and conviction, strength, courage, and love that will leave readers questioning their own lives, and those they think they know.

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Bryan Reardon is a freelance writer specializing in medical communications. He co-wrote Ready, Set, Play! with retired NFL player and ESPN analyst Mark Schlereth, and Cruel Harvest with Fran Elizabeth Grubb. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Bryan worked for the state of Delaware for more than a decade, starting in the office of the governor. He lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania, with his wife, kids, and rescue dog, Simon.

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  • (4/5)
    A sad and heart wrenching story. Every parent's nightmare. Very well written and enjoyable as an audiobook.
  • (4/5)
    I was intrigued from the beginning with the narrator being male, being told from a male's perspective being put in a typical stereotypical female's role. This in itself was a phenomenal way to draw a reader in immediately and keep interest going. Oh, but the plot thickens! Personal morality is questioned, parenting competency is challenged, and anxiety-driven doubt wavers amongst the father as his son's character is put into question in a serious way. Enjoyed the read!
  • (4/5)
    Really, really good book. Very much enjoyed it. Kept me guessing the whole time!!
  • (4/5)
    A stay at home dad raises his son and daughter while his wife works as a high power attorney. There are ups an downs due to the situation and the father always feels that he is doing something wrong. When a friend of his sons goes to school and shots some students and then turns the gun on himself, Jake disappears. After his son is suspected of also being one of the shooters, the father goes through not believing, believing and blaming himself for whatever went wrong.
  • (4/5)
    3.5/5 We've all read the horrendous stories and watched the news footage - shootings at schools....Bryan Reardon's new novel, Finding Jake uses a school shooting as a starting point for his book.Simon is a stay at home dad to Laney and Jake, while his wife heads out to her job as a lawyer each day. One fateful day, there is a shooting at the children's high school. Simon rushes to the school and anxiously waits to be reunited with his kids. Laney is fine, but Simon is the last parent waiting - and Jake is the only child missing. The suspected shooter was a loner, with Jake being his only friend.Simon has had many doubts about his parenting skills over the years. He found it hard to mix in with the stay at home moms in the neighbourhood. He projected many of his own fears and insecurities on his children. Laney seemed to be unaffected, but Jake is a quiet child, preferring his own company.As he waits for new, Simon relives Jake's life - from a baby to the young man he is today. And Simon's doubts, questions, self-recriminations, fears and anxieties about himself, his role as a parent, his childrearing abilities and his son are laid bare on the page. How well does he know his child? Where is Jake? His body was not inside the school - where could he be? Is he alive? Could he possibly be involved? What more could he have to protect his child? What did he do wrong?Everything we learn is from Simon's point of view. It is as much a search for who is son his as it is a self exploration of himself as a father, husband and person. Despite his self realization, I found it hard to like Simon. As Simon's memories progress through the years, the picture we have of Jake changes. The ending was not at all predictable, though unsettling.I found the back and forth between the past and present quite addictive. Reardon's prose have such a ring of authenticity to them - he eloquently articulates the fears we all harbour as parents. Reardon himself left an office job to stay home with his twin newborns.
  • (5/5)
    I have to give this 5 stars. It was an excellent portrayal of what a family goes thru after the unthinkable happens. Simon Connolly is a stay at home dad. He has been the primary caregiver to his son Jake and daughter Laney. Rachel, his wife, a corporate attorney has been the main breadwinner. Simon Connolly is no different from any parent. He worries about his kids, 2nd guesses his decisions, relives his responses to his children's actions - always critiquing how he is reactions, responses and comments are shaping his children's future as well as confirming to himself that his kids are normal. Jake is like him when he was a kid, and still as an adult, he doesn't like crowds... he wasn't into neighborhood playdates. Then the unthinkable happens, a shooting at his kid's high school. He rushing to the scene like all the other parents, waiting at St. Michael's for the police to answer their questions and to reunite with their children. Hundreds of parents dwindles to 10's then to only a few remain. Simon is finally faced with the reality that his life will never be the same. This is a very emotional heart wrenching book. It makes you take pause to how you may react under such circumstances and how the media frenzy alone can enrage a community, a nation and trigger copycats - Simon & Rachel Connolly can be me, you or your neighbor - we wouldn't want to wish this nightmare on our worst of enemies. Well Told!
  • (5/5)
    Devastating, compelling and intense. This is a read that it still working it's way around in my mind. It is one of those books that are hard to stop thinking about. Such a well written, honest and engrossing novel. It will have you reading past your bedtime and will be one you want to discuss with others. 4.5 stars
  • (4/5)
    This book is about a school shooting and the family whose son may or may not have been involved. Jake, the son, is missing after the school shooting and is widely believed to have been the second shooter. Jake and his sister have been raised by their stay-at-home father which is a major theme of the story - one starts to feel that Jake may well be capable of shooting his fellow students due to the way in which his father has kept him isolated and has been indulgent of his violent tendencies. However, the story ends in a much more thoughtful way than you might have anticipated, and the ending is spun out thoroughly and not dealt with abruptly like in so many books. It is thought-provoking and moving.
  • (3/5)
    This book was good. It was about a school shooting and their son was missing. It was automatically assumed that he was part of the problem. The book jumped back and forth from when Jake was a child to the shooting and the aftermath. I don't know that i really liked the characters of the parents. I don't know how much I liked Jake. The writing was good. I wanted to know the ending. But I never really got attached to this one.
  • (4/5)
    Do not confuse this novel with the sublime "Defending Jacob" by William Landay. Both books involve violent male adolescents with similar names, and this one has an excellent premise: that having a stay-at-home father could create a worse outcome than the traditional childcare arrangement. The writing just seems mediocre and amateurish, and the editing ("Silvia Plath"?) the same. Plus at least one blatant plot hole (why not ask Jake's sibling first?). The best part is actually the dad Simon's own analysis of his extremely introvert tendencies and his fear when he acknowledges the same in his son. The passages where Simon is brought to his knees by the threat of a playdate with "other moms" and their kids is very well done. But the rest just isn't sharp or stylized. Wish I could have liked it more.
  • (5/5)
    The audio read by George Newborn was totally absorbing. Yes, of course it had similarities to Defending Jacob but was also quite different. A story of a nightmare that keeps happening in real life.....a little different every time....too bad the story is just ONLY a novel and not real life, too.
  • (5/5)
    Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon is a very highly recommended, compelling novel about a family tragedy.

    Suburban Delaware father, Simon Connelly, has been a stay-at-home dad for their children, Jake, 17, and Laney, 14, while his wife, Rachel, goes off to work at her corporate law office. When Simon receives the message: "Shots have been fired at the high school. Calmly report to St. Michael's across Route 5." Like almost any other parent in this situation, Simon knows: "It is not until I see other cars, driving as recklessly as my own, that I begin to understand. There has been a shooting at my kids' school. My kids, Laney and Jake, are at the school. My kids are in danger. I am not afraid. I am not worried. I am protective, animalistic in my instincts. I will do anything to keep my children out of danger. I will die to protect them. This is not bravado. It is simple fact." He takes off for the high school and joins the other frantic parents waiting to hear of their children are safe.

    When Rachel joins him and together they see that Laney is safe, Simon begins to understand that Jake is missing - and even though they can't find him, the police think he was helping the known shooter, Doug. Other parents begin to shy away from them and the accusations and recriminations quickly follow as news crews move in to cover the story. Simon reflects, "My thoughts trip and stumble. I am packing to leave my house, which is in the process of being searched because the police think my son shot thirteen kids today."

    Simon, who has always felt insecure and wondered what role his decision to be a stay-at-home dad along with his own social awkwardness may have affected his children, reflects on Jake's life and the choices he made when Jake was younger. Chapters alternated between the present day and the past. We follow the current heart-breaking events along with the reflections on the past.
    It becomes clear that both Simon and Rachel have had difficulties and struggles maintaining their marriage during this time they have held nontraditional parental/societal roles. But as we watch Jake grow up and how Simon handled parenting it also seems clear that no matter how much he questions himself and wonders if Jake could really be involved, that Simon is a good parent.

    Reardon does a great job building suspense. I appreciated the format, with alternating chapters between the present and the past. Any parent wonders and reflects about how decisions they have made when their children were young may have influenced how they when grown. A tragic event would make this self-introspection even more acute. The format also serves to heighten the suspense.

    Although comparisons are made between Finding Jake and We Need To Talk About Kevin, I found that the comparisons can only be made in the broad sense of the basic subject matter. Both novels are about a parent reflecting on their roles in their child's development, but not in the content of that introspection. To say much more would be a spoiler, but while vaguely similar, they are also very different novels.

    Disclosure: My Kindle edition was courtesy of HarperCollins for review purposes.
  • (5/5)
    This book was about a school shooting so it was a tough subject.When 13 kids are killed at a local high school the authorities find the suspect soon after but it's Jake - his accused accomplice - that can't be found. This story goes back and forth in time as you learn about Jake and his upbringing over the years allowing you to form your own opinion of Jake and whether or not he's guilty of this crime. When it all comes to a head it's a story about friendships, relationships, the choices we make everyday and of course, love.
  • (4/5)
    This book made me experience the following emotions: Sadness, anger, fear, and closer. The reason I felt all of these things is because I was closely connected to the Connolly family. The author really has a skilled talent for storytelling. Especially from a human aspect nature level. Right from the moment I started reading to the last page I was hooked. Thus this made for a quick, easy read. I especially liked the way that the story went back in time at different periods in Jake's life. It gave me a better insight to just what type of person Jake is. Then there is the Connelly family. I like that they really bonded together and fought for Jake's honor even when the odds seemed against them. The subject matter of this book could have made this story depressing and dark but it was not. It was very well-written. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this author. In Finding Jake, I found me a new author.
  • (5/5)
    I could not put this book down. Utterly engrossing from page one. Simply fantastic. It's fast paced, suspenseful, heartbreaking, and full of raw emotion. There's been a shooting at the high school. Thirteen teenagers have been shot. Stay at home father, Simon, rushes to the school to find his two children Jake and Laney. Laney is safe, but Jake is nowhere to be found. And worse, the police think that he was one of the shooters. What comes next is a psychological page turner as Simon recounts moments from Jake's childhood and desperately tries to piece together what has really happened and where his son is. A fantastic read!
  • (4/5)
    A different take on a book about a horrific school shooting. The shooter, a teenager named Doug, is dead as are many others. It is believed his only friend Jake was a second shooter, but the whereabouts of this boy is unknown.Simon Connelly is a stay at home dad to his son Jake and his daughter Lanie. His daughter his safe but is his son, the son he raised, thought he knew, really a killer? The book goes back to the past in alternating chapter and follows his memories of raising his son in chronological age, a period when Simon himself doubted and worried a out the raising of his son. A very introspective look at the responsibility, the doubts, the sorrow and disbelief the parents of those accused, feel. Trial by media, neighbors comments, nasty text messages and e-mails, the stress on the family members and the family unit as a whole. He did not raise a killer, not his Jake, did he? But if not where is he?Suspenseful and heartbreaking, a very good and different story that is very timely in our culture today.ARC from publisher.
  • (4/5)
    Advance warning: This is not a light read, but it is a good one. It centers around the titular Jake, who is missing after a school shooting. The police and neighbors seem to instantly think the worst of Jake, and thus are searching for him as a suspect, not a boy in need of help. But the narrator, Simon, Jake's father (a stay-at-home-dad), is determined to find Jake and help him, whatever he needs.The story goes back and forth in time, from before Jake was born, when Simon and his wife decided she would go back to work and he would stay at home to take care of their children, to right before the shooting, to after the tragic event. Through this device, Reardon really allows his readers to get to know Jake, Simon, and their family outside of the high-stakes of the present-day events.Reardon tackles some very heavy topics-violence, what causes it, modern-day witch hunts, innate personalities, parenting, gender roles, and moral codes-and handles them well. Finding Jake gets its point across without being heavy handed or preachy, and is a suspenseful, haunting read.
  • (1/5)
    Not poorly written, but mostly really predictable and boring.
  • (4/5)

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    I was intrigued from the beginning with the narrator being male, being told from a male's perspective being put in a typical stereotypical female's role. This in itself was a phenomenal way to draw a reader in immediately and keep interest going. Oh, but the plot thickens! Personal morality is questioned, parenting competency is challenged, and anxiety-driven doubt wavers amongst the father as his son's character is put into question in a serious way. Enjoyed the read!

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  • (4/5)
    Finding Jake by: Bryan ReardonReviewed by PnJbookreview 02/16/2016 Imagine, you are at work, home, in the grocery store, just going about your day. It’s been an especially pleasant and warm day in November, your day is like every other day. For 16 years you have stayed at home, raised your children in a loving and happy home. Everything is going just how you planned it and you are comfortable in your middle class life living in the suburbs and are proud of who you are, and where your life has gone. Neighbors wave at one another and kids build tree houses in the woods and play instead of being on the television all day. You feel your phone vibrate. You sigh and think I wonder who needs what now. You pull the phone from your pocket and feel the warmth of it in your hand, and then your blood runs cold when you read the words “THERE’S BEEN A SHOOTING AT THE SCHOOL. YOU NEED TO COME NOW!” Every parent’s nightmare.Told from the point of view of a father who received that text, and all the earthshaking aftermath that occurs afterwards. The torment of rushing to the school where everything is blocked off, and being escorted to church to sit, and wait. Wait for news, wait as you see the body bags coming out of the school. Waiting for an absolution that may never come. This is the ride you sign up for as you embark on the journey with Simon, Jake’s father, as he searches for any clue as to what could be happening, and most importantly as he searches for Jake. This brilliantly written suspense/ thriller novel brings about the question, how well do we really know anybody? The journey you join with Simon is a long an emotionally charged road. While you travel this road, think back, what was the last thing you said to your child? What were they wearing? This is the agony of the journey Simon is on, and we can only tag along and wait with him. Where is Jake?The author, Bryan Reardon, was a freelance writer for a bit, and co-wrote a few novels and then worked in the government. His degree in psychology made this novel an intense journey for those brave enough to read along. I read lots of genres of books and have written many reviews, but never has a book held me just as captive as Simon. The road is rough, there are lots of bumps along the way as he guides you through this terrible tragedy and is trying hard to get us all home. I most definitely would recommend this book to readers of all genres as well. In its own way this book was more intense than any thriller I’ve read, kept me hidden under the covers reading furiously with my heart beat slamming more so than the last horror novel I read. This also showed me kindness and redemption.Go on, go purchase Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon. You won’t regret it. Amazingly powerful book!~ J
  • (4/5)
    FINDING JAKE by Bryan Reardon is a complex heartfelt parent’s tragedy; a psychological intense suspense, keeping you page-turning to learn the fate of a teenage son.Simon Connelly is a freelance writer, and a devoted upper middle class suburban stay at home dad to his son, Jake and his daughter Laney, while his wife, Rachel is busy with her legal career. Presently, the kids are teens, Laney is more outgoing and Jake more introverted. They have weathered the storms of typical teenagers, until one day a text comes – A school shooting, which changes this family’s entire world.A high school shooting, leaving thirteen people dead, and a gunman, Doug taking his own life, and a second student, Jake who happened to be friends with the gunman. Jake has disappeared so the question is where is, Jake; did he have anything to do with the shooting? Flashing back and forth from the present, the six days aftermath of the shooting, and the past bringing insights into the raw emotions and intimate feelings of this frantic family. Do we really know our children and their friends and can a parent control their every move?Typical after a school shooting or tragedy, the media and community begins pointing blame, the victims – they must find Jake. A nightmare, and a parent second guessing his abilities as a parent. What really happened the day of the shooting and what led up to this event? Told from an insecure and second guessing father Simon, he continues to agonize and search for answers; he fears for his son and his choice of friends. His wife is more of a colder personality and somewhat removed and not a likable character. The daughter on the other hand was a softer personality, and Jake more removed and introverted. FINDING JAKE a short, thought-provoking and absorbing book about parenting and a nice book club choice to explore different perspectives. An intense and suspenseful read; an up close and personal look into the world of parenting—of love, fear, pain, courage, and healing. Of course, and the most pressing issues facing parents today. For me the best part was in the storytelling about the child rearing and the earlier days, a time when there is innocence before our children are subjected to the peer pressure and evils of this world. Look forward to reading more from this newfound author.
  • (5/5)
    Simon Connolly receives the text message “Shots have been fired at the high school. Calmly report to St. Michael’s across route 5.” Life for the Connolly family will never be the same. Stay-at-home dad Simon Connolly was always a little concerned about his son Jake and his quiet ways. Compared to his younger sister, Laney, who made friends easily, Jake was content to be by himself. One of the few friends Jake did have was Douglas Martin-Klein, a social misfit that Simon and his wife Rachel did not particularly like Jake spending time with. When news of the shooting spreads and parents rush to the scene, rumors immediately start circulating. Thirteen children shot. Two shooters, one of them dead by his own hand, the other missing. As parents nervously wait in the church across the street for news of their children, survivors and their parents are reunited, one group at a time, and escorted out the back door. Soon there are only 14 sets of parents left, Simon and Rachel among them. So begins their nightmare. Douglas Martin-Klein is identified as the shooter lying dead in the school. Jake is rumored to be his accomplice on the run. Simon and Rachel are frantic to find Jake, convinced that he was not involved. While news reports splash pictures of Jake and Doug all over the news, angry parents swarm the Connolly home calling them murderers for raising a son who is a monster. Soon doubt starts to creep into Simon’s mind. Were there signs that he missed? Did he really know Jake at all? Suspenseful and heartbreaking at the same time, Finding Jake will grab hold of you and not let go.
  • (5/5)
    I sat down and started this book one afternoon. I did not put it down until I finished it. This is the story of a school shooting told from the perspective of Simon, a stay-at-home dad who raised two kids, Jake and Laney, while his wife worked as an attorney. Simon questions everything he did as a parent, especially his advice to Jake to “be nice to everyone” since it included being friendly with the “weird kid” Doug. It is quickly established that Doug was at the center of the school shooting, but no one can find Jake to ascertain what his role was. Jake’s blood is found at the scene but little else is. This book flashes back to Jake’s childhood between the frantic searching for answers. The end is haunting. I could not put it down until I had the answers.
  • (5/5)
    Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon is a 2015 William Morrow publication. “Why are you sad?” “You need to be more outgoing.“You need to be more of team player.”“You should get out more.” Promoted as a book written in the vein of “We Need to Talk about Kevin” and “Defending Jacob”, I will lay you odds, that most people picked this book up because they believed the sole focus of the novel was about the gut-wrenching possibility by a couple that their child could be involved in a mass shooting. Yes, that is what this book is about, and it’s disturbing on so many levels, and is a scathing look at American society as we know it today. School shootings have become a paralyzing fear for parents in the times we live in. In such cases, we immediately cast stones at the shooter’s family, blaming them for not seeing it coming, for not doing something to prevent it. How could they not know?This is a theme that runs throughout this book, with people hurting on a level I can’t begin to absorb, trying to deal with the emotional trauma associated with the unthinkable loss of a child. To lose a child is almost more than one could bear, but to lose them in such a horrifying way, would rip you apart heart and soul, but what if your child was a suspect? Can you even begin to imagine such a scenario?The reader follows the first person narrative of Simon Connolly, a stay at home dad, as he faces, not only a parent’s worst nightmare, but one in which his beloved son, Jake, is possibly involved in a mass shooting at his school. As his shocked mind attempts to digest the situation, he and his wife, Rachel, and daughter, Laney, must deal with the utter agony of not knowing where their son is, if he is injured, running scared, or dead, not to mention trying to cope with the accusations thrown at him. As events unfold in the three- day period of time after the shooting, Simon begins to reflect back on his parenting skills, Jake’s quiet personality, parent-teacher conferences, the struggles of being a stay at home dad, before it was an accepted practice, and the divide his marriage was suffering from. He doubts every move he has made as a dad, what he should have done or shouldn’t have done. He is consumed by so much fear, and worry, he begins to lose faith, with so many seeds of doubt being planted about his son. Everything about Simon and Rachel was so spot on, they could have been any couple in America, but they were also a couple who went against the grain. They did not always conform to the parenting rules set by others in their neighborhood or by teachers at the school their children attended. Simon was a stay at home dad, Rachel the breadwinner, with a high stress occupation that demanded a lot of her time. The author did an incredible job of showing the judgment passed on Simon by other men, how hard he was on his own self, how he coped with watching his wife live a life so separate from his that resentment formed deep within his heart, and he was often unfair to her.I approved of the author’s depiction of ‘role reversal’, showing that raising decent human beings is hard work no matter who is home with the kids. While it is a luxury many would love to afford, it also has its challenges and is much harder than you know. But, since Simon was the most hands on parent, his self- recriminations show the difficulties of having a child that is not like all the other children in temperament, as he chides himself, second guesses everything as places entirely too much blame on himself. By contrast, Rachel deals with a different level of stress and is perhaps a little tougher, but would trade places with Simon in a heartbeat. They may not have been perfect, but they were a couple many will find themselves relating to. But, the underlying theme that many may not pick up on, at least not right way, is that being an introvert does not make one a criminal, insane, weird, untrustworthy, or stuck-up. Because Jake was quiet, didn’t engage with his classmates in the way our society expects, he was immediately a suspect. Because he tried to be nice to everyone, even those who were hard to like, even when they made him uncomfortable, he didn’t follow the crowd in making fun, or bullying, he was thus deemed guilty by association. “Our culture made a virtue of living only as extroverts. We discouraged the inner journey, the quest for a center. So we lost our center and have to find it again.” ~Anais NinThis novel paints a fairly accurate view of American society. Follow along with the crowd, and you will not be suspected of a heinous crime. Join the playdate club, rub elbows with the right people, be outgoing, gregarious, loud, talk all the time, constantly surrounded by people, always attend social gatherings, look just like everyone else, talk like everyone else, do the same things everyone else does, because if you don’t, you may find yourself labeled as being weird or antisocial. “Growing up, it all seems so one-sidedOpinions all providedThe future pre-decidedDetached and subdividedIn the mass-production zoneNowhere is the dreamer Or the misfit so alone”Conform or be cast out….(SUBDIVISIONS BY RUSH)While the book is most assuredly a psychological thriller with the suspense becoming almost unbearable, so taut I could barely breath at times, it is also a cautionary tale, one that highlights our hypocrisy, that points a finger at society, and gives the introverted soul a slap on the back, and the permission to give society the cold shoulder without being punished for it. Simon and Rachel give us something to think hard about, because how often do we take life’s dull routines for granted, allow the small things to come between us, forget to count our blessings, or just live in the moment? Simon may beat himself up forevermore, always worry endlessly, but despite their foibles and flaws, this family has so very much to be proud of setting such an outstanding example for us all. It’s okay for you to view this book solely as a work of suspense, or as a thriller, because it is that, and if you understand why book’s conclusion is considered inspirational, then that is all I could hope for. But for some who are extreme introverts like me… This book touched me on many levels and while I am not usually a weeper, I cried the ugly cry, as I felt so connected to this struggling family, and saw a strength in them, they never knew they had, which gives me hope, though the lesson here is so very hard. But, I for one came away with a feeling of vindication so profound I can’t thank this author enough for not only having the courage to write about such a difficult topic, but to also take a stand and fight for all the Jake’s in this world, and hopefully, his message was heard loud and clear. “Everyone shines, given the right lighting.” ~Susan Cain