***UPDATE*** When I initially wrote this review I was really hard on the author. I’m a mom and this story was not my cup of tea or in my writing style. However, I should have given more grace. As it turns out, my 17 year old son who never reads a book is reading this one. And enjoying it thoroughly. He had to read a book by a Canadian author for school so I gave it to him and wouldn’t you know…he’s hooked! So, mothers, fear not; there is hope for our reader-less children. And the fact that he’s enjoying it means it’s written in a style and with content relevant to his life and in a way that he relates to. This is very good. So , thank you Chrissy for that!
Original post: This is a hard review to write. This book is not easy to read. When I started it, I was somewhat disappointed with the writing style and stopped part way through the first chapter. I realized it is written for young adults and therefore I had to rearrange my mindset to accept the style and content.
Synopsis: (as per the Publisher’s website) :
15-year-old loner, Lexi Vogan, has had enough: four foster families in two years is enough to make anybody run away! Alone in the world, she flees to Jacksonville where a group of runaway teens live in abandoned tunnels hidden below the city. It seems like the perfect place for a forgotten face.
Liz Swavier, 36, became a widow two years ago when her husband succumbed to cancer, but she’s doing okay, at least that’s what she tells herself. Working long hours as a doctor in the ER department, Liz’s friends and family grow concerned that she’s hurled herself into work to numb her grief.
Then, on a typical Friday afternoon, an appointment with Divine intervention causes these two very different lives to collide beginning a journey towards restoration that only an all-knowing, loving God could weave together.
Chrissy Dennis, the author, herself very young, has a long ways to go in the writing department. Her intentions are admirable and I can feel her heart for troubled youth. But her content and style are lacking. The constant conversational style of writing coupled with way too many descriptive passages make you lose interest as a reader. I found some chapters to be unnecessary and the overall book is too long.
I would also caution parents on content. This is not a book you want your innocent, sheltered young teen girls reading unless you have had a prior discussion with them on a LOT of social issues. There are very descriptive passages on assaults, drug and alcohol abuse, teen runaways and cutting.
Parents need to be cautious about giving troubled teens fuel for their internal fires. While there are some redeeming passages and an ultimate goal to lead young people to Christ, this book falls way short on that. The ending is rushed and lacks the spiritual depth that I would expect from an evangelistic tool such as this. Perhaps the author didn’t intend for it to be evangelistic but from the cover synopsis you would get that impression.
I would give this book 2 out of 5 stars. If a young person reading it gave their review it might be a bit higher at 3/5 but the writing is just too wordy and cliché to give it more than that.