How many of us formed childhood friendships and lost communication for one reason or another, and questioned the whereabouts of the other person. In The Realest Ever, Donavon Mitchell and Kyra Reynolds grew up together in Overbrook Meadows, Texas. From Elementary to High School the pair was inseparable, until an unforeseen event caused her to move to another state.
The heroine has faced many adversities in her life span. Despite her environment at home Kyra was able to find joy in one person, her best friend Donavon Mitchell. To her Mitchell was more than a best friend; he was “the only source of peace in her life.” After a hasty move, Reynolds lost hope and made mistakes she will live to regret for the rest of her life. Trying to escape the past and fix some of her wrong doings, Kyra moved back to her hometown. Adjusting to her new surroundings, she comes face to face with Donavon and a flash from her past. History began to repeat itself as she found herself back on the run after confronting a manipulative relative. Uncertainty emerges when it’s revealed she has kept a crucial part of her life from Donavon; a secret that may cost her everything she has every wanted, normalcy. Refusing to revert to her old self, Kyra finds the strength needed to comfort her kids and herself.
Mitchell is an only child; therefore forming a bond with Kyra gave him a sense as if he had a little sister. Never forgetting about her, he often wondered about her wellbeing. Using social media for assistance all of his searches came back “no results found.” Hearing she was back in their hometown, he was ecstatic and his only plea was laying eyes on her; which triggered feelings of apprehension in his girlfriend.
Keith Thomas Walker has created a pager turner from beginning to end. I could not put it down until I finished. While reading The Realest Ever, I thought about one phrase “what doesn’t break you will only make you stronger for the next phase in your life.” The novel deals with real life situations making it easy to connect to the characters. A picture is painted that a true friend is a person that is genuine, an encourager, will not withhold the truth, and able to forgive. It also conveys that someone can overcome any obstacle if they truly want to better themselves. I have read several of KTW novels and The Realest Ever is one of my top 5.
-Reviewed by LaMona