“I regret the wasted time and energy. I regret what you went through. I will forever doubt there’s more to life than a limp shuffling toward a grave with just a few bright spots in between…”
Matěj snorted at the last one. “That’s a neat way to sum it up,” he commented sarcastically, making Simon smile into his hair.
Simon breathed in and out, the warm scent coming from Matěj’s nape underlined by the crisp air around them. “But tonight, my beautiful boy, the light is so bright I might as well be blind.”
I am going to try very hard as I write this review not to completely fall apart. It has been a while since a book has impacted me quite as emotionally as this one has. And while the tears have fallen, behind them was such beautiful and heartfelt emotion for these characters. The writing is quite captivating and like with all of Roe’s books, quite unique. The structure of this one drew me in from the start and while it is the journey of 2 characters, it is the story of a group of friends as well. It is about finding Home, about finding YOUR family and about finding “happiness and peace of mind”.
This is not what I would call a traditional romance but it is a love story. As the title indicates, this is in fact “A Love Song”. For me music can be felt in your soul. It can impact you with no words at all. And like with this beautiful “Love Song”, not everything is said with words. To end one section of a book and simply turn a page, only to find yourself so emotionally impacted takes a talent that is hard to fully understand. This book does that. You will feel every emotion. Every act. Every touch. Every breath and every action. There are small gestures which read in the context of the book, mean everything. This is about darkness and light and the colors in between. This is about finding the person who helps you see though the darkness to find happiness and joy, love…to see light.
Matěj treated life like delicious food, just like he appreciated Simon’s books and hummed around a beer bottle. The boy knew how to enjoy things, how to marvel at things, how to savor impressions, how to feast on a pleasurable moment to its maximum capacity. It was a singular skill, wildly to be admired. When Simon found himself at the center of the man’s attention, those were easily the happiest minutes of his entire life. Everything in between lost color.
Let me not forget all the little things (which are actually quite big things)…the stick figures (yes, I just caught my breath and shed a tear); Tom Waits (who alone can conjure the right feelings and emotional tone of this story); dear Simon’s black and white apartment, and one of the most memorable and heartwarming trips to an ER I have read. Add to this a cover that alone captures so much emotion and relates brilliantly to the darkness that surrounds these characters.
I know I have not said what this book is about. Honestly I can’t put it into any words that will make sense. It is a Song that must be heard for yourself…because how can you describe music that touches your soul? You can’t.
*An ARC was received from the Author in exchange for an honest review.*