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Heart on a Chain Paperback – December 22, 2010
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Fear is a burden Kate Mosley bares with every intake of breath. Life for her is filled with heartbreak and suffering. Kate's home life is full of memories of what could have been and realities of what is (an abusive, drug addicted mother and an alcoholic father). School, which we would hope to be a safe haven, is no better for Kate. She escapes one torture chamber just to enter another. Until Henry, Kate's childhood friend comes back into the picture. Henry is the light in her world that is filled with shadows. His love and devotion for Kate allows her to see beyond the pain that consumes her and gives her a glimpse of the good in the world.
What made this book so riveting for me was the realness of the circumstances and characters. It has been my life's aspiration to better the lives of at-risk youth. As a counselor at a youth facility for girls ages 12-18, I witness many similarities between the shattered girls I work with and Cindy C. Bennett's character Kate. The only difference is that their reality doesn't have a gorgeous guy and a loving family awaiting them with open arms. Cindy C. Bennett's Heart on a Chain leaves one with an array of emotions. It may make you question your own character. IT'S A MUST READ!!
Kate lives with her severely abusive, drug-addicted mother, and her alcoholic father who beats on her mother. She has no food, no friends, and spends her days being bashed up by other students. There's not a single good thing in her life until Henry returns to the area and the school and takes her under his wing. The two form a relationship against the odds.
This story is definitely engaging, and Henry a dream come true. I couldn't put it down once I started. However, with things so bad, with the students abusing Kate constantly in front of the teachers, and with her walking around sporting huge bruises on a daily basis, I do not believe that there wasn't a single person in the world who didn't see anything or do anything about it until perfect Henry arrived on the scene.
I definitely didn't buy main bully Jessica's miraculous turnaround at the end - nobody's personality changes like that, and the girl should have been in prison at the end of the book, not friends with Kate again. Same goes for Kate's father - that man was a criminal, and should have been arrested and prosecuted.
Additionally, the handling of the manslaughter charges was inaccurate.
I did like the author's writing style, and suspect the success of this book will do wonders for her career.Read more ›
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17-year-old Kate has lived her whole life in abject poverty, with an alcoholic father and drug-addicted mother, who severely abuses Kate. Read more
heart on a chain is a great book the author should write a book from Henry's point of view. it is definitely a worth wile read. i definitely recomend it(:Published 5 months ago by mike57
Kind of dark for what I think of as a YA novel, but I really like the characters, the plot, etc.Published 15 months ago by Leslie L. Shafer