Since being thrown out of his home by his parents, Caden has been struggling to survive on the streets.
He lives in constant fear, stresses over his next meal, and dreads trying to find a safe place to sleep at night. He eventually finds an unlocked car and settles in to sleep, but is soon interrupted when someone steals the car. With little choice but to ride along, Caden soon learns that first impressions aren’t always correct.
Seventeen-year-old Damario has been raising his little brother and sister by himself since his parents were deported. He never knew how hard it was going to be paying the bills and making sure there was always food on the table. Or how hard it would be to hold his family together when they all depended on him to do it. He finds himself stealing cars to make ends meet, but he never expected to find someone sleeping in the back of one of them. And he really didn’t expect this stowaway to change his life.
When Damario brings Caden home, it was supposed to be just for a shower and a hot meal, but he can hardly kick him out onto the streets again. There is no way he could have seen that by saving Caden that night, he was also saving himself. When Damario’s world starts to fall apart, they both realize that the answer to all of their problems is helping each other, and although the world tries to drive them apart, they really are better together.
Caden was kicked out by his parents when he was seventeen. When they discovered he was gay, his father told him to put a few clothes into a backpack and drove him to somewhere he had never been. Kicking him out of the car and telling him to never come back. Homeless and not worldly enough to know how to care for himself, he lived in constant fear. One night he finds an unlocked car to sleep in.
Damario “Rio” is seventeen, parenting his younger sister and brother. His parents were deported. Working, still going to school, he steals cars to make enough to support his family. Scared, alone and afraid he is slowly going under from the responsibilities heaped on him.
The night he steals the car Caden is sleeping in became the best night of his life. Together these young men learn to accept that they are so much better together than apart. The life lessons they teach each other turning them from boys to men. With help along the way from friends they didn’t even know they had. Rio credits it to the sweet guy that he stole.
This was a sweet, touching book. I enjoyed watching them grow together, taking everything life threw at them and making it work. I liked that the author let them mature a little before they fell in love and began a relationship.
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