As someone who isn’t entirely drawn to the Western style, I was pleasantly surprised with “The Night I walked off of Boot Hill” by Briana Vedsted. The main character Tom, an outlaw who had a final run in with the law and thinks he’s a ghost, goes on a sort of journey with Jim, a kid he finds alone in a saloon. They travel together to Cerbat and become family-like in the process.
The Night I walked off of Boot Hill is a quick read, but a good read. Tom and Jim make a deep connection, as both are lonely, and find each other as something they never had. The ending is satisfying as Tom gets a sort of real do-over that he attempts to make earlier in his life when he gets married and has a daughter. It’s a good Young Adult story as it has a little bit of everything, from friendship to romance to a bit of suspense (is Tom really a ghost?).
If I were to have one complaint about the book it would be that the end feels a bit rushed. Once we get to Cerbat everything falls into place rather quickly and we get to the end. But that being said, the ending is satisfying and doesn’t feel too easy.
For more on Briana Vedsted check out her blog.
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