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Publisher's Summary

Sometimes I wish I'd lost a leg or something. Everyone can understand that. They never get it when what's been broken is inside your head.
Five years after an unspeakable tragedy that changed him forever, Gordie Allen has made a new home with his half-brother Kevin. Their arrangement works since Kevin is 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 trusted with the truth. 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.
©2014 Helene Dunbar (P)2014 Helene Dunbar
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By Teresa on 02-13-15

Coping with Trauma

This is a moving story about Gordie. Gordie is a teenaged boy who suffers deep emotional scars due to a traumatic event that happened when he was younger. I don't feel that this is a spoiler to say that his mother tried to drown him because the story is more about how he's forced to cope with the after effects of such an unspeakable act.

Told in first person and with a great voice actor, this is a sad but good story. He lives with constant panic attacks and fear and he learns some coping skills. He tries to have as much of a normal life as he can with the help of his brother, even having a girlfriend but his dad looms in the background threatening to enter his life again.

I listened to "These Gentle Wounds" written by Helene Dunbar and would recommend this audiobook for a good study in how the selfish and cruel actions of some can affect a person's entire being.

About the narrator: Brian Rollins did an excellent job portraying Gordie. He spoke in a quick and clear style that made me believe the story. He's a great voice actor in the teen YA genre and I look forward to hearing more from him in the future.

Audiobook gifted in exchange for review

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By trixie on 11-09-14

Deals with PTSD

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Despite the dark subject matter of THESE GENTLE WOUNDS, Gordie's story is survivable, even in it's horrible sadness... and it needs to be survivable for Gordie to find his way through the aftermath. The story is very compelling and the narrator added depth to this audiobook.

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By Amazon Customer on 03-12-16

Poorly read

The novel is about average and I'm sure I could have enjoyed it more with without the lifeless and mechanical reading style.

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