The Fifteenth of June

The Fifteenth of June

by Brent Jones

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Overview

The Fifteenth of June by Brent Jones

Can we lose a loved one without losing ourselves?

Twenty-eight-year-old Drew Thomson is haunted by a troubled past. After struggling for years with alcoholism and antisocial behavior, he ends a stable relationship with his girlfriend and finds himself without a home, job, or purpose.

Just as he learns that his father is terminally ill, he meets a stranger who offers him a flicker of hope for a better future. But is he ready to bury the past?

Rich with dark humor and a keen insight into the human condition, this debut fictional release from author Brent Jones delves into life’s most pressing trials—destructive relationships, love, loss, and pursuing happiness.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940154381090
Publisher: Brent Jones
Publication date: 05/24/2017
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 684 KB

About the Author

From bad checks to bathroom graffiti, Brent Jones has always been drawn to writing. He won a national creative writing competition at the age of fourteen, although he can’t recall what the story was about. Seventeen years later, he gave up his career to pursue creative writing full-time. Jones writes from his home in Fort Erie, Canada. He’s happily married, a bearded cyclist, a mediocre guitarist, and the proud owner of two dogs with a God complex. Subscribe to his newsletter (AuthorBrentJones.com) or follow him on social media (@AuthorBrentJ) for updates.

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The Fifteenth of June 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. The characters were flawed but likeable, the narrative was easy to follow, and dialogue was excellent. I may be biased since my husband is the author; but as an avid reader, I'd happily recommend this book to fellow bookworms.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book. I would recommend reading it. It certainly captured my interest and I saw myself to some point in this book. It is real and well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book. I would recommend reading it. It certainly captured my interest and I saw myself to some point in this book. It is real and well written.
Kurbz More than 1 year ago
Honestly written & contains a powerful story and underlying message of hope for those suffering with addiction, loss and depression. There are a lot of life lessons and articulate thoughts behind the story line, you only have to be open (minded) to see the message loud & clear. It was a quick read and I recommend it! This book was wonderfully written and I cant wait to read whats next! For a debut novel I think the author did a stellar job developing characters, reiterating the main idea and concluding the story. I was actually sad there was no more to read when I realized that I was at the end of the book.
VWilliams More than 1 year ago
What is it that makes us step outside our comfort zone to sample a graphic scene filled plot we wouldn't normally consider? Such is the case when I read emotionally charged The Fifteenth of June by Brent Jones. His protagonist, Drew Thomson, is a deeply flawed 28-year-old alcoholic. Drew quits his girlfriend of 5 years and moves from their apartment with no job, no digs of his own, and no prospects. His antisocial behavior seems exacerbated by the lack of any sense of direction. He sees no future. There is only the past and it was dark, tragic. Kara becomes the only point in toughing out another bleak, unsatisfying position, which he controls with booze and drugs. Drew hits the bottom of the pit at the same time as his terminally ill father passes away. Out of the pit arises Sierra, a new female interest that grudgingly appeals to Drew in an annoyingly positive psychoanalytical fashion. She gets him, accepts him, and gently guides him in a way that his father failed to do following their family tragedy. Perhaps his father led him on the wrong path and he followed, too numb to create his own. Sometimes it takes hitting bottom to recognize a motivation and reward for climbing out of the pit. Is his newly found "self-truth" reason enough for the celebration of life? Warning: This novel contains graphic language and sexual content. It illustrates another world in lurid terms. The graphic content, however, is eventually off-put by the moral examination of an age-old battle. It is never too late to turn a life around. Be prepared for a heavy life lesson and a feel-good ending as the author graphically demonstrates first despair then reawakening hope. This book was offered free for review. A biting, successful debut effort from Brent Jones. Recommended read. Please see my complete review at: https://rosepointpublishing.com/2017/04/05/the-fifteenth-of-june-a-book-review/
BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
Drew is down in the dumps after losing first his girlfriend, then his home, and finally his job. He spends his time looking after his father, recording a video diary, and drowning his sorrows in alcohol and drugs. It doesn't help that the twentieth anniversary of his mother's tragic death on the fifteenth of June is fast approaching. It's also the only day of the year that he sees his younger brother. In reality, it's the day all of them died. It will take another tragedy twenty years later to bring Drew back to life. The book chronicles the days leading up to and following that important date in Drew's life. Drew is an unlikable character, emotionally withdrawn and incapable of empathy. However, he does redeem himself and, by the end of the book, you'll find yourself rooting for him. The female characters are pretty much just caricature sex symbols, although Sierra does exhibit remarkable strength and wisdom. The book is full of philosophical discussions, which may just lead you to question some of your own life choices. "The Fifteenth of June" is a fresh and brutally honest debut from a talented new writer. Warnings: coarse language, drug use, sexual references, sex scenes, alcohol abuse. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post (15 June): https://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com/2017/06/the-fifteenth-of-june-by-brent-jones.html