These Gentle Wounds

These Gentle Wounds

by Helene Dunbar

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Five years after an unspeakable tragedy, Gordie Allen is living with his half-brother Kevin, the only person who can protect Gordie at school and keep him focused on getting his life back on track. But just when it seems like things are becoming normal, Gordie’s biological father comes back into the picture, demanding a place in his life. Now there’s nothing to stop Gordie from falling into a tailspin that could cost him everything—including his relationship with Sarah, the first girl he’s ever trusted. With his world spinning out of control, the only one who can help Gordie is himself . . . if he can find the strength to confront the past and take back his future.

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ISBN-13: 9780738741451
Publisher: North Star Editions
Publication date: 05/08/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 371,322
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Helene Dunbar is the author of THESE GENTLE WOUNDS, WHAT REMAINS (Flux), BOOMERANG (Sky Pony 2018) and PRELUDE FOR LOST SOULS (Sourcebooks 2019). Over the years, she's worked as a drama critic, journalist, and marketing manager, and has written on topics as diverse as Irish music, court cases, theater, and Native American Indian tribes. She lives in Nashville with her husband and daughter, and exists on a steady diet of readers' tears.

Helene Dunbar (Nashville, TN) usually writes features about fiddles and accordions, but she’s also written about court cases, theater, and Native American Indian tribes. She’s lived in two countries, six states, and currently lives with her husband, two cats, and the world’s friendliest golden retriever.

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These Gentle Wounds 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A heartbreaking, powerful look at child abuse, PTSD, and starting over. It's impossible not to care about Gordie, who struggles to do right by the people he loves even when it's hard on him. I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys damaged but determined teenaged boys, strong family dynamics, and stories where recovery and redemption are hard-won, but so, so rewarding.
terferj More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. It is very different from what I typically read but glad I did. Gordie went through something so horrific that someone that young or anybody should not have to go through. Such a tragedy and how he copes with it was sad and must be very lonely. I mean he had his half-brother but he could only help so much. I liked his healthy relationships with the different people in the story and how each person helped him one way or another. I just liked how everything turned out and him coming to terms with everything. So yeah, there was some heart wrenching moments, sweet moments with Sarah, brotherly love, shocking moments, and an ending that I thought that was deserved for this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great tale of a young man who had to face and fight his own demons. It was a great depiction of reality, how everyone has their own fights, their own stories, their own experiences, and even their own ways of handling each. It started off a little slow; however, once it picked up it was hard to set down.
weetara More than 1 year ago
This is a heart-wrenching, beautifully-written book. Not the kind that I would normally pick up, but I'm so glad I got the chance to read an ARC! Helene Dunbar has created a one-of-a-kind portrait of a boy in distress who has to dig deep to find the courage and strength to help save himself and someone even more vulnerable than he is from an abusive situation. I know that Gordie's sharply focused story will stay with me for a long time.
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BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
   I wanted to read this one because I needed to know more about Gordie and what his dramatic past was that wounded him on the inside. I also like to read a book from a male POV, and see how Gordie deals with it and tries to move on with his life.      The brotherly relationship with Kevin was awesome and I loved how that, and themes of family whether close, coming back into life, forgiveness, being hurt, and all that comes with letting people into our hearts and the messiest and most emotional parts of lives.      The inclusion of hockey also made me happy. I enjoy the Canes, and going to games, talking about hockey, watching it and getting into the head of a hockey player. How it centers him and focuses on the puck and stopping it is an interesting way to deal and help him with his mind and anxiety/flashbacks.        It is hard watching him do what he calls his spins, he relives the Day, as he called it, that his mom tried to kill him, and succeeded in killing herself and other kids, he thinks to get back at his dad. He doesn't want to die, but he claws at the walls, chews on things, has a desire to try to fly and step off the roof. Kevin does everything he can to protect and ground Gordie. But we see glimpses of violence from him, and instability and that makes Kevin's character even more well rounded and although its hard to read, we know that he never puts himself first, but he has learned to change himself a little at a time, but he too, has a hard road ahead for healing.      Nothing is sugar coated or glossed over. We see chilling and scary glimpses from the childhood of Kevin and Gordie. There is abuse, and a mother who does unthinkable things. I can't imagine her mindset but I obvu\obviously wish she could have gotten out of the relationship with Gordie's father for her sake and the kids and gotten help. But it didn't work that way and Gordie lives with the pain, fear, guilt, abandonment, and trauma everyday.     When his dad comes back in the picture, it is hard not to be angry and want justice served to him. Gordie's memories of him, and the relationship between his dad and mom wasn't positive, and its hard to reconcile when you are a teen and a parent suddenly wants back in your life.        The romance in this one made me smile. It was cute and sweet. I was so glad that Sarah accepted Gordie as he was and saw through to what Gordie thought that only Kevin would. I love their stark conversations, the honesty, and the ability to just be quiet and together when Gordie couldn't find his words or spun a bit.      The synopsis really got to me and it is so true. Not to minimize outward physical disabilities, but if you are missing an arm, somehow people can understand that to some degree... they could try to do things one handed for a bit to get a perspective of what he feels... But if it is mental illness, whether depression, anxiety or what I believe is PTSD with Gordie. If your brain doesn't work right, you really can't understand, just get over it, mind over matter, just do this, just do that is heard all too often, when it is not that simple.   It was amazing and heartbreaking, emotional and handles all of these subjects so well. I devour reads like this.      Bottom Line: Chilling, gritty powerful story about a boy trying to heal after traumatic event. 
Christine_Kohler More than 1 year ago
THESE GENTLE WOUNDS is a riveting 4-hankie read. Even though the main character is a male teen (and front cover), and the secondary character is his brother, there is also a strong female love interest that will appeal to both teen girls and boys. TGW is a story that literally save lives, yet it is suspenseful and not at all didactic. Everyone will love TGW, but I especially recommend it to teens who may be living in an abusive home.  I read TGW as part of the OneFour KidLit ARC tour and have not been paid or influenced in my review.