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October Breezes Paperback – August 4, 2009
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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?
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.
I started out the book not minding Skye. She was obnoxious as some teenagers are but at first I could understand her fears with Warren dating her Mom since her read Dad left when she was younger. Once I got into the story I found myself wanting to slap her for being so stubborn, but at the same time I totally understood her thought process because it was much like my own at points in my life. As I've stated, I don't want to say a lot on the story because I'll give it away. *SPOILER* Rape, abortion and suicide are addressed.*SPOILER* Even though there were some very touchy subjects covered in this book; they were written in a way that any teenager could read and it was tastefully done.
I will say that some parts of this book were very personal for me and I found myself wanting to skip paragraphs because at some points Skye's thinking was so much like my own it was emotionally hard for me to keep reading. If any of the spoilers I mentioned above are a demon of your past, especially the first two listed, it's a good idea to make sure you have as much peace with your situation as possible before you start reading! The part that I related to still haunts me and honestly, this was the most difficult book I've read recently because of the subject.
Anyhow, the book was very well written and it's something I would let my daughter read when she's old enough. Though the subjects covered are very serious, this book can be used as good teaching tool for parents and young women.
I gave the book 5 stars for a few reasons. One was how well the subjects were covered.Read more ›
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