Monday, May 23, 2011

Shattered- Melody Carlson

I was always an avid reader as a teenager and as a new blogger I thought it would be fun to read some of the teen fictions books of the day. Shattered by Melody Carlson had me engaged from the first chapter, forgetting that I was even reading a ‘teen’ fiction book. Tears are streaming down my face by chapter 7 and again later in the book.
An intense story about Cleo age 17, and her over-protective mother “Helicopter Mom” who is constantly hovering over Cleo’s life. Cleo’s best friend Lola is moving and Cleo wants to make her last evening in town memorable by attending a concert in the city nearby. Lola’s Mom is busy packing, Cleo’s Dad is out of town, and Cleo’s Mom has a party to attend. Melody Carlson leads us through the repercussions of Cleo’s willful disobedience. The traumatic turn of events brings Cleo to a guilt ridden existence that she longs to escape through pain killers and drugs. Through the love and care of her Aunt Kellie, and God, Cleo is able to see a future without guilt, and a chance at forgiveness.
An intense story filled with pain and tears, but through it all we see peeks of God in His goodness, and the relationship He has with His children if they turn to Him. The characters were well defined and interesting, and the Christian influence was not overwhelming or preachy.
A very enjoyable read, and I think I may be hooked back on teen fiction as an adult!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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