In the spring of 1995, Nate Cartwright has lost everything: his parents are dead, his older brother wants nothing to do with him, and he's been fired from his job as a journalist in Washington DC. With nothing left to lose, he returns to his family's summer cabin outside the small mountain town of Roseland, Oregon to try and find some sense of direction.
The cabin should be empty.
Inside is a man named Alex. And with him is an extraordinary little girl who calls herself Artemis Darth Vader.
Artemis, who isn't exactly as she appears.
Soon it becomes clear that Nate must make a choice: let himself drown in the memories of his past, or fight for a future he never thought possible.
Because the girl is special. And forces are descending upon them who want nothing more than to control her.
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Not all tears are bad. There are tears shed because words are so beautifully crafted and characters are so delineated and sketched that your heartstrings are held in capable hands. That's what TJ Klune can do in a book and that's what he's done with "The Bones Beneath My Skin". The story of Alex, Nate, and an amazing girl who calls herself Artemis Darth Vadar is, predominantly, a story love and what it truly means to be human. In the pages of this book, emotions are pulled into shapes they never realized would hold them before. The good and the bad of humanity are explored as two men flee and protect a young girl whose life holds immense secrets and unknown powers. Sometimes I can read a book, put it aside, and never pick it up again. That won't be the case with this one. I'll be thinking of these characters, these truths, and these loves for a long, long, time and I'll never regret the time spent reading these pages. I was weeping as I came to the end of the book, but I'm already certain that this is one book I will read again and again.
This story is different from other books TJ has written. The premise is interesting and emotionally moving. The characters were realistic and I felt connected to them. I loved this book, I read it slowly so I could savor every bit.