The Free by Willy Vlautin

The Free via Love at First Book & TLC Book Tours

Photo Credit: TLC Book Tours

I received this book from TLC Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review.  

The Free by Willy Vlautin is an authentic novel following three individuals in difficult circumstances, who are all connected in various ways.

Leroy Kervin is a war veteran, young, but with a traumatic brain injury.  He’s living in a group home, not able to do most simple things on his own.  He’s unable to live with his situation, and puts himself in jeopardy with a suicide attempt.

Freddie McCall is divorced with two kids, has two menial jobs, and works very hard at both to pay his bills, which include huge medical bills covering his daughter’s needs.

Pauline Hawkins looks after her mentally ill father and has a nursing position at a local hospital.  Her life becomes entwined with some of her patients, including a young female whose drug abuse has put her life in jeopardy.

The Free is moving, a powerful story about real situations of three down-and-out individuals.  But there’s a sense of hope permeating the ending.  Even in tough situations, people can overcome.  And Vlautin proves that, with three characters who show how loving other people and working very hard can produce positive, but still realistic, results.

As a side note. . . I was blown away when I listened to the music and insights that accompanied the book!  Usually, I don’t click on those kind of things. . . but I did, and loved it.  Also, it says you can download it, but when you click on the link, you can also listen without downloading, so it’s worth the click.

The Free via Love at First Book & TLC Book Tours

Check out Willy Vlautin’s website and Facebook page.  Oh, and don’t forget the other tour stops!


Interested in getting your own copy? Check it out on Amazon & Indiebound. I get a small percentage if you purchase from those links, and it doesn’t cost you any extra.


16 thoughts on “The Free by Willy Vlautin

  1. I loved this book aside from one thing, but I don’t want to give anything away for people who haven’t read it. Were you disappointed with the lack of closure concerning one of the side characters?


    • I know what you mean. . . I think that all of the characters had storylines that didn’t end with as much closure as I wanted them to, but I just took it for what it was and accepted it. But yeah, I could read a second book on both Pauline and Freddie for sure.


  2. Pingback: Willy Vlautin, author of The Free, on tour February 2014 | TLC Book Tours

  3. Pingback: Review: The Free | Anita loves books

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