Behind the Bars by Brittainy C. Cherry
Kim's rating: 5 of 5 iScream Cones
Behind the Bars isn't about being in an actual prison but more of an emotional one,where you hide from the obstacles that broke your heart. Behind the Bars refers to a place where Elliott would go in the ally of New Orleans to listen to all the live music from all the nearby bars. It was his haven, his home, his sanctuary then in one moment it became his hell.
Elliott, Boney Bones, the jazz loving sax player who would constantly gets bullied.
Jasmine, the beautiful new girl who has the gift of singing soul but mother wanted her to pursue pop music.
She was the popular new girl and he was the bullied shy boy. Where she was outgoing he was tame. Where she was lost, he was the roadmap home. They were polar opposites. They weren't meant to fall for one another, but they blended well together, they were some kind of beautiful. It was insane with his music did to her, how it made her want to be happy and sad all at once.
But then (I’m not saying) happens and Elliott purposely pushes everyone away and forces himself to live in a lonely soulless world without love, family or his music. He chooses to be trapped in a prison of his guilt. The music in him died and his heart became mute.
Jasmine fights for her own truth at the same time patiently trying to help Elliott get his back.
“Sometimes it’s hard to see things in a different light when you’ve become so accustomed to the dark.”
I felt so much devastation in Brittainy’s words. I wanted to be there physically see him play his sax while she sang. Brittainy brought so much alive with her words and I could feel myself bobbing my head along to the beat of their music.
This story brought me so many emotions and but when they came together and found “their truth” I too was healing along with them. I found myself grasping tighter to my kindle trying to give them my strength to help push them past their obstacles.
I cannot say enough, how much I love Brittainy’s writing style and how with each new story she writes she breaks me down but always builds me back up. I become emotionally invested into her characters and their relationships that I find myself withdrawn from my own because I miss my fictional ones.