Scott Jenkins’ Road to Wonderland
by Charlie M. Matthews
Scott Jenkins is charming, smooth, full of ambition and he has plans. Plans that don’t involve being a 19-year-old builder, working long hours at his father’s construction company, hauling wheelbarrows or stacking bricks in an underpaid job. But as with most things in Scott’s world, the dreams and ambitions he has set himself never really go to plan.
When Scott’s best mate, Ethan Walker, hits rock bottom, everything changes overnight. After years of trying to figure out his purpose in life, he now knows what he has to do, and more importantly, who he has to save. Tiptoeing on the outskirts of a world filled with drugs and violence, Scott ends up walking down roads he never even knew existed. What was once a simple life, suddenly seems incredibly complicated – especially with the arrival of a forbidden love who is determined to make things even more difficult for him.
Follow Scott on his journey to Wonderland, where friendships are tested, relationships are destroyed, and a dangerous woman leaves the guy who once thought he knew exactly what he wanted, in the pits of despair.
“On the outside she looks perfect, but inside, she just wants to be liked. There’s a need to be perfect, but she seems to know she will never actually be able to reach her goal.”
“I don’t care that the neighbors have shown up more than once to put an end to the noise. I don’t even care that the first impression they will be getting of their new neighbor is that he’s a paralytic drunk who mistakes them for Jehovah’s Witnesses yet still goes on to offer them shots long after they’ve confirmed they are, in fact, simply seventy-five and sleep deprived.”
“I wanted to make Amelia jealous by hitting on her friend and that went down like a wet fart in a church.”
“Although the words ‘I love you’ haven’t been said out loud, they are still here – in the way she holds me closely, through the lyrics of the song and through the final breath she takes as she gazed at me for the last time and walks away. This is our final goodbye. Now all I have to do is find a way to live without her forever.”
“What we have is wrong. We both know that. What we do is even worse. We dream of a future we can’t possibly have. We betray those we love and we do it without much regret. No one can take this from us now. We can’t live without each other.”
Scotty Jenkin’s story broke my heart, repeatedly. I alternated between wanting to hug him and wanting to bash his head in with my kindle. He is a soft-hearted sweetie who has been screwed over his entire life. But unfortunately, he is also more than a bit of a jackass, which given his poor lot in life, was probably an effective defense mechanism. This was an intense and melancholy read that was just brimming with guilt, regret, self-denial, and poor decisions – which unfortunately, are not on my list of favorite things. However, despite the tediousness of near constant angst, the book was also cleverly insightful, fascinating, well-written, and sprinkled with moments of delicious steam, clever banter, and snarky levity – which are on my list and were most welcome. But it left me hanging… where is the rest of the story and who will be featured next? Arg! I am hopelessly addicted… more please… and hurry!