Joshua’s Island by Patrick Hodges

Joshua's Island CoverJoshua is small for his age. He has been bullied relentlessly for years, and all of his friends have drifted away from him. Eve is a pretty girl who has just been recruited into the popular girls’ clique. They couldn’t be more different. But as they begin their final year of middle school, their lives intersect when they are paired together as lab partners in Science class.

At first reluctant to be near him, Eve soon realizes that not only is Joshua nothing like she’d been led to believe, but that their school hides a very nasty secret. The unlikely pair enter into a dangerous relationship that will teach them both the true meaning of friendship, loyalty, and most of all, love … a relationship that will not only change both of their lives forever, but the complexion of their entire school.

Here are a few excerpts from reviews:

This is an incredibly heartfelt story that I’d recommend to everyone, no matter the age. We’ve all either been Joshua or known Joshua. It touches upon various teen issues tactfully (opposed to a cheesy/in-your-face approach), weaving them into a gripping story. An easy and enjoyable read. I couldn’t put it down! – Jorge (Amazon)

There are literally tons of books out there in the world that deal with a variety of weighty issues like bullying. Many times these stories either teach a great lesson or they tell a great story, but not often can they do both. Patrick Hodges manages to masterfully do both. This book puts the reader in the shoes of the both main characters and tells the story from their unique points of view, something that is extraordinarily difficult to manage and pull off well.

His story telling style grabs and pulls you through the story. Appropriately exciting and engaging at the right points, it is a nice rhythm to it that will keep the reader going. Although I do not normally do this, I actually read all of the book in three days as I found it very hard to put the story aside. I was constantly wondering what would come next for our hero Josh.

I would suggest this as a good book for a young person or a high school student. Also, I would highly encourage any parent or teacher who is interested in the topic of bullying since it does an excellent job of putting the reader in the shoes of the victim. For example, I feel Mr. Hodges does a great job explaining the lengths that a bullying victim would go through to avoid the ones doing the bullying. He actually makes it possible to understand the feeling of helplessness that the victim feels being put in that situation.

I have nothing but the highest praise for Joshua’s Island. (Brian Nowak, Amazon)

Bio:

ea05bdccPatrickHodgesI am currently a medical biller, and I live in Arizona with my wife, Vaneza. After years of writing for several different entertainment-related blogs, I am making my first foray into fiction.

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