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Product Details

  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1448646065
  • ISBN-13: 978-1448646067
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,833,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Maria Rachel Hooley is the author of over 20 novels, Including New Life Incorporated. Her first chapbook of poetry was published by Rose Rock Press in 1999. When she is not writing, she is teaching English to high school students.

Customer Reviews

This story is disturbing (in a good way)!
READING, EATING & DREAMING
Skye must find the strength and courage to pick up the pieces and make the choice to move forward, deciding who to trust as she slowly heals.
Stacy L. Daniels
This book pulls you in and is hard to put down.
LT

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stacy L. Daniels on July 13, 2010
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October Breezes tackles some tough subjects faced by teenage girls with raw honesty. Sixteen-year old Skye has trust issues, abandonment issues, and struggles with her self-worth. She has always tried to push people away, convinced they will eventually leave anyway. She has a lot of issues to deal with but tries to cope the best she can, until an act of violence almost destroys her world. Skye must find the strength and courage to pick up the pieces and make the choice to move forward, deciding who to trust as she slowly heals. The story is exceptionally well-written and packs a powerful punch, I was moved to tears as my heart ached for Skye. I think all teenage girls should read this book, and parents as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CandysRaves (and Rants) VINE VOICE on October 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
While I admit that the first half of the book moves pretty slow, now that I'm 85% in, I can see that it was necessary to get the character development needed for a novel of this depth. This book is on the serious side, dealing with teen dating, rape and pregnancy and has some hot button issues, but the writing and the realism that the author manages to capture makes it mesmerizing to read. I cannot put it down now that I'm at a critical point in the story.

But therein lies the problem with this novel. It's pretty serious stuff and I really wanted the author to give us more information about the aftermath and healing. I think those elements would have been much more important than the long set up. Yes, we needed that too, but it still could have been trimmed by 1/3 in the front part of this book and still been very well done. It wrapped up entirely too fast for me. I needed more, not too much more, but just enough so I would feel good about how Skye's life turned out.

There were a few grammar/spelling errors, but nothing a good content editor couldn't help with. I dunno. I'm really torn on this one because had it not be for how well the author presented this hard subject matter, I would give it 3 stars, but I'm going to leave it at 4 because this is a TOUGH one to tackle in the YA market and she handled it beautifully. The characters were realistic, compassionate and well-rounded. I just hope she continues to write and maybe makes sure her next book goes through a top notch editor.

I would recommend this to high school students. I think the message is one that is important. HOWEVER, I would urge parents to read this one first to make sure their child can handle the subject matter. Only you know your kid, right?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By dave bowie on October 20, 2010
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October Breezes is written for a YA audience but this is a story so thought-provoking that it makes good reading for their parents as well. Just about every painful adolescent dilemma imaginable -- some routine, others life-altering -- is thrown at Skye Williams. Some she handles well and others she botches. The strength of the story is in how Skye picks up the pieces and who she turns to when life goes badly.

The characters are alive, and, more importantly, realistic. I remember all of them from my high school years and I think most YA readers will recognize them too. One character in particular, somebody who probably won't even be on the poster when October Breezes hits the big screen, resonated with me because he is the kind of quiet hero that really exists but is seldom written about.

Parents who check this book out will be reminded of serious issues that teenagers must deal with. Ultimately, though, it's a book for teens. The complexity of issues presented in such an entertaining and gripping storyline leads me to declare October Breezes to be a YA masterpiece that will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ESCAPE CRAVER on November 15, 2010
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I literally just finished this book, and I am truly numb. The last five chapters flew by with such intensity that I now find myself a little lost in the moment. Let me say, that this isn't a book that I would have picked up myself, but my wife did. After she finished, I picked it up and began to be pulled into the story. As I read, I found myself identifying with Devin (I have walked in his shoes) and also Warren, the step-father. As a father myself, I can only pray that I can keep my daughter safe, but I know that I can't be with her at all times. When she is old enough, I will give this book to her and hope that she will learn something from it. This is a powerful book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Yangula on June 18, 2010
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I am an avid reader of many genres and I loved this story! I agree with other reviewers that some editing could be done to strengthen the book but I was still entranced by the characters and the plot. It was a fairly quick read but one I enjoyed. the subject matter was very serious but I believe it to be told in an interesting yet realistic manner. I will definitely be checking out other books by Maria Rachel Hooley.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Catie Vargas on November 4, 2010
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I read this book and I felt so sorry for what was happening to Skye trough the whole book. First she loses her best friend. Then she has to go through a rape. Then she has to go through a abortion. I found mtself crying with Skye through all of the bad things. I would suggest that all teenage girls should read this book so that they know that bad things can happen to everyone.
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By E.S.I. on March 6, 2011
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I admire writers who have courage, and Maria Rachel Hooley definitely has courage. She takes on powerful topics - rape, abortion, suicide - and keeps a compassionate pen in their depiction. She also manages to give space to many of the different sides of an issue without taking a side. That is a difficult feat -- one in which the author must disappear as much as possible into the book.

Plot: Main character Skye and her best friend Devin are at a crossroads when Skye begins to date a popular guy on the football team. Skye is also wrestling with her mother's new boyfriend and her feelings of anger toward the father who walked out on her. Devin, like her father, walks out on her when he disapproves of her choices.

Setting: High school, and this is high school as I remember it, with all of the cliques, yet a good deal of the cross-over. By that I mean that Skye is not one of the popular crowd, yet several popular boys are interested in her. In many books, the groups do not intersect, but in most high schools it seems that they do. We also have Becca, the queen bee mean girl in school, who has her own reasons for her actions.

Characters: I really liked Skye and found her reactions to be very true to how many teenage girls might act in her situation. Hooley does a good job of showing her distrust of her mother's new boyfriend, and her difficulty accepting that someone cares about her. The dynamic between Skye and her mother is also well done. The football players, happily, do not all fall into stereotypical boxes. The only character that I found myself disliking was Devin -- he seemed paternalistic and down the nose to Skye; instead of being a true friend, he walks out on her when he doesn't like what she does.
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Maria Rachel Hooley has been featured in numerous publications such as Green Hills Literary Lantern, Westview, and Kimera. She has written over thirty novels in numerous genres. Her first chapbook of poetry, A Different Song, was published by Rose Rock Press in 1999. She is a high school teacher and lives in Oklahoma with husband and three children, one of whom is on the autism spectrum. She is an advocate for education about autism.