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Ryan, Tyler, Avery and Jacob are high school football stars. Everyone looks up to them. They're living the life that young boys and men dream of and are right at the point of having it all: a state championship, college paid for, a chance for big money and even more glory in the NFL. It's all there in front of them; the future they and everyone expects. Then something happens that could bring it all crashing down. And they can't tell the truth because it's even worse than having to keep the secret for the rest of their lives. They make a pact to cover it up and never tell. Hiding the truth fuels their escalating addictions and pushes them in different directions as they try to erase the past, deal with the present and hope for the future. But at some point, in some way, there's always a price paid for lies told.
About the Author:
Joseph Patrick33 is a Michigan author who grew up in Shelby Township, a suburb of Detroit. He earned his bachelor degree and master’s degree from Wayne State University, and his advanced degree from the University of Detroit. He is concerned about the futures of young people in today’s challenging society of addiction and consequences of actions that lead away from a happy successful and rewarding life.
With scenes set in Detroit, between 1988 and 1993, 'TIL THE END tells of four high school football stars who have their whole lives ahead of them. They want for nothing, and their partying ways are glanced over. The teens believe they are going to win a championship game but it all falls apart with a fumble.
To drown their sorrows, the boys meet up at a father's cabin. A fight ensues with an outsider of the group and it ends in disaster. The football stars agree to make a pact to never tell of the murder that happened.
The boys - Ryan, Tyler, Jacob, and Avery - each handle what happened differently. They go about their lives, but are always haunted with what happened. Some get tangled in webs of gambling, drug dealing, and alcoholism.
The story doesn't necessarily revolve around the teens and the murderous act. It goes more into how the act itself haunts them regularly, and how the demons in their head cause them to make poor choices.
Although I would have liked more plot development, this is a good book that delves into how a decision of the past can affect a person's life in the future.