Author: Elizabeth Montgomery
Genre: YA Coming of Age Romance, Antibullying
Published: June 26th, 2015
Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly
Age Recommendation: 13+
Formats Available: Ebook gifted via Amazon.com
~ Synopsis ~
For those of us who come into the world different, we see it for what it really is.
Avery Chamberlin is special, unique. Beautiful words to gloss over the fact that she is different. She has never felt like she fit in. Why should she?
She was reminded on a daily basis that she was not like her peers.
Flawed. Damaged. A freak.
Avery will have to come out of her shell to prove that even the bullies have their own insecurities.
LIFE ISN’T ABOUT LABELS.
This fast paced, easy to read book quickly grabbed my attention and I read it all in a short afternoon. The stereotypical characters interacted together fairly typically. I liked the writing style and the voice. I particularly liked Avery’s mom. It was refreshing that Avery and her mother had a very close loving relationship; not adversarial. I really enjoyed their interactions.
I enjoyed the story and felt it did a good job pointing out how hurtful and harmful bullying is. It also did a good job showing how teens can react to being the target of a bully in generally non-combative, positive confrontations. At the end Avery used the hard-life lessons she had endured to show compassion and friendship to a girl who truly had no right to expect such generosity.
This book packs a wallop not soon to be forgotten.
This book was provided to me in exchange for my honest review.
Reviewed by Laurie-J
~ About the Author ~
She is currently raising four children and a husband while elbow-deep in the depths of the writing cave. You can often find her searching on Google for an appropriate, or sometimes inappropriate, photo to insert in any random conversation. If not on Google, or Facebook chat, she can be found drinking coffee (like any normal writer), eating Gummy Bears, baking fanciful cakes, reading, or writing.
“I always wondered what authors meant when they said that their characters tell them what to write – I get it now!”
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