The Wisdom to Know the Difference
By Leesa Freeman
Reviewed by Deana Wolstenholme
The coffee had, as always, one thing going for it: it was hot.
Thus begins Leesa Freeman’s debut novel, The Wisdom To Know the Difference. The reader is immediately introduced to Todd, a recovering drug addict. A high school sports injury led him to an oxi-contin addiction. But now, five years sober and attending college, Todd meets Shawna, a photographer who is honest and compassionate.
The connection between them is instant and electric. Shawna accepts Todd for who he is and where he has been. However, Todd continues to struggle with his self-worth. He wrestles with it for most of the book; it was so beautifully written that I couldn’t help but feel his pain. His struggle is almost physical and it made me love his character even more.
As their relationship progresses, tragedy hits them hard, leaving them broken once again. They both struggle to recover- ultimately forced apart by their inability to cope.
It was absolutely heartbreaking.
Leesa Freeman writes the story from Todd’s point of view, which surprised me. I actually did a double take when I saw that the author was a female-she writes the male perspective beautifully.
My only critique is the cover. I don’t understand the connection between the boy walking on the beach and Todd’s story. But don’t let that stop you from reading this novel. The Wisdom To Know The Difference has fantastic characters and a story that will make you ache for Todd and Shawna.
This is definitely a book you won’t want to put down and a story that will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading it.