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Book 2: Heart on a Chain

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Title: Heart on a Chain

Started Reading: May 15th, 2011

Finished Reading: (I plan on finishing it tonight) May 21st, 2011

Author: Cindy C. Bennett

                        – Currently, she lives near the Rocky Mountains in Salt lake city with her 4 children (2 sons, 2 daughters) and 3 dogs. In the past, she’d done volunteer work with teenage girls ages 12 to 18 and became so fascinated by them that she began to write YA novels. Geek Girl, her first published novel, started as a short story that eventually was turned into a book. Heart on a Chain is her latest YA novel, written after Geek Girl, and was published January 22, 2010.

Synopsis: Kate Mosley and Henry Jamison are in love…or so they think since they’re only in 6th grade; the problem is they’re both too shy to do anything about it. Sure, they shared a kiss secretly in Henry’s closet, but the embarrassment of that keeps them from doing anything more about their feelings. However, a few weeks prior to that, Henry began to notice something different with Kate…she wasn’t smiling as much and spent her time hiding in corners rather than mingling with her classmates. When he moves away that summer, he’s worried about her but figures it’s just a phase. In reality, every day Kate goes home to an abusive, drug addicted mother and an alcoholic father. Her father beats her mother which causes her to abuse Kate excessively to the point where she’s forced to go to school with a black eye accompanied with yellow/purple bruises. Because of her secondhand clothes and poor appearance, her peers pick on her and it’s so severe that she has no friends at all. Then senior year, Henry moves back when Kate no longer has the ability to trust anyone, not even him. Even though he still has a kind heart and a sense of what’s right to do, she’s still skeptical and uneasy. He tries to befriend her but she avoids him, thinking he’s just another one of her peers trying to embarrass or hurt her. But what happens when he finally breaks down her wall and begins to learn more about her dark past and present?

“Rating”: 10/10

 Amazing novel. In fact, it moved me to tears.  I think this is something that everyone needs to read because it shows you no matter how dark your life may get, there will always be someone there to support you and help you escape the pain. It also tells you that you never know what somebody’s experiancing at home so you should always, always, always be nice to everyone you meet.

Cindy C. Bennett does a phenomenal job getting you emotionally tied to Kate and I think the reason why I was so attached to her was because the author used first person. You witnessed everything that happened to Kate through her eyes and in fact, I felt like I was her. The abuse scenes were insane. I had tears in my eyes for several chapters and I couldn’t believe something so horrific could happen to a 17-year-old girl by her own mother. I even cried a little when she met Henry’s family and finally felt like that was the family she should belong to.

Speaking of his family, I just really need to say this: I love Henry…absolutely love him. He’s such a great, kind character with a huge heart and while I was reading this book, I truly felt like he was a real person and not just a book character. He is exactly what I want my future boyfriend/husband to be like: kind, loving, and a gentleman. I adore how much attention he pays to Kate and how he cares about her so much that he even manages to change the school’s opinion about her. What an incredible guy (you’ll completely agree with me once you read the book).

This book is so fantastic and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said this already. It was only $3 on my Kindle (way too cheap for such incredible writing!) and I would recommend this to anybody and everybody. Really, you need to read this novel, especially if you’re into romance. You won’t regret it.

 “You can’t hurt me anymore.” – Kate Mosley

S.M.

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Book 1: Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour

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Title: Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour

Started Reading: April 24th, 2011

Finished Reading: April 27th, 2011

Synopsis: Well, I can’t tell you too much without giving the whole book away…let’s see how I can make this work:

Amy Curry is just your average junior in high school who lives in Raven Rock, California with her mother, brother Charlie, and father. However, when Amy’s father dies, her average, everyday life isn’t exactly the same anymore. Suddenly, her mother can’t even look at her without getting upset and Charlie is sent to a rehab facility after they discover him doing drugs. A few months after her dad’s funeral, Amy’s mom decides it’s time for a fresh start and forces her to move to Connecticut. Amy is left behind for a month to finish school, take care of the house and realtor until she has to drive cross-country to meet up with her mom. She’s terrified of driving (which will be explained why later on in the book) and her mom asked an old family friend’s son, Roger Sullivan, to drive her out there. Let’s just say he’s a freshman in college and Amy seems a little more than interested in him, but she’s not sure if she’s ready for that yet. Amy has to learn how to cope with her grief, put her trust in Roger, and perhaps disobey her mom just a little bit.

Author: Morgan Matson

                     – Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour was Morgan Matson’s debut book and it came out May 4th, 2010. Currently, she lives in Venice, California (why am I thinking of Italy right now?) and has driven cross-country three times.In fact, I’m wondering if the places she talks about in here are places she’s visited?? That’d be really neat…

“Rating”: 7/10 

I loved this book! Loved, loved, loved, loved, LOVED it!! Did I tell you how much I loved it? 🙂 The plot was amazing and I absolutely loved how it had more of an internal conflict moreso than having a legitimate protagonist/antagonist. I liked how the character developement was slow and gradual and not like she woke up one morning and had this huge epiphany. Blah, I can’t stand books like that because you’re left wondering, “how the heck did this just happen?” – not that I’m making a reference to Twilight or anything… 

I would’ve given it a higher rating, but there were just a few things that bothered me…now, I will admit I am no critic or professional and I don’t know much about the publishing/editing industry just yet. It’s not my place to bash on other people’s hard work; I wouldn’t want that done to me, so why would I do it to them? And this is all just my opinion. You all have the ability to form your own so don’t just make assumptions based off of mine; actually read the book! (Then tell me what you think about it!)

But what I will do is give you an idea of what Morgan Matson’s writing style is like: she uses the verb “said” a lot. It’s not bad or anything but I like a little more adjective/verb variety when it comes to dialogue.
As far as her strengths go, she seriously gets you emotionally tied to Amy. Her emotional scenes were done nearly perfectly and it really got you to understand the grief Amy felt.

In general, I think this is a great quick-read with some actual substance to it; after all, I’m a sucker for a good, light-hearted teen romance novel (yes, this book is, in fact, light-hearted). It’s not your usual “hey, I love you! Oh, just kidding, I’m breaking up with you…wait, I made a mistake. I love you again!” teen book. However, I must caution you, I rate it PG-13 just for your typical teenage thematic elements like drugs, sex and the occasional bad language…like we haven’t heard it all before.

“Saying good-bye is basically an invitation not to see a person again. It’s making it okay for that to be the last conversation you have. So if you don’t say it–if you leave the conversation open–it means you’ll have to see them again.” ~Roger Sullivan, Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour

S.M.