What We Keep Is Not Always What Will Stay by Amanda Cockrell
About: Fifteen-year-old Angie never used to think much about God–until things started getting weird. Then, Angie falls for Jesse Francis, a disabled war veteran who’s a lot deeper than most high school guys. However, Jesse is battling major demons. As his rages grows more frequent and unpredictable, Angie finds herself losing control of the situation.
Ofilia’s Thoughts: What could be better than having someone to talk to about absolutely anything? Especially when that someone is a statue that cannot talk back or spill your secrets. That’s what Angie thought. Then, one day instead of a St. Felix statue, she finds a homeless guy named Felix who seems to know everything about her. Kind of creepy, right? Then Angie meets Jesse who at seventeen lied about his age and enlisted in the army. While in Afghanistan his leg is blown off and he is sent back home. Angie falls for Jesse despite the warnings from all her family, friends and even St. Felix. She thinks she is the one destined to save him.
I really liked this book—it grabbed me from the very beginning with the statue coming to life. Angie is a believable teen girl trying to figure it all out and dealing with some really heavy issues. She has a complicated, but loving family. I liked the way none of the adults claim to know everything or attempt to fix it all. There are no easy answers in this story as in life, but we are all in it together and that makes it all worth it.
Reviewed by Ofilia