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On Thin Ice [Kindle Edition]

PJ Sharon
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Seventeen year old figure skater Penny Trudeau has secrets. She’s not perfect, as hard as she tries to be. With a mother who is dying and a father who treats her like she’s invisible, Penny has every reason to lie. To escape the life that is spinning out of control, she falls into the arms of an older boy. But when she lies about her age and he finds out the truth, Penny loses the one good thing that has happened in a long time.

Carter McCray is the hockey hunk she falls for, but Carter has his own family drama, and he’s not looking for trouble. Penny proves to be the exception, until the truth comes out and he can’t get past the betrayal—or her father’s threats.

Can Penny find her way back into Carter’s heart, or will she have to face the harsh realities of life on her own? Penny’s choices lead her down a dangerous road and the secrets she’s keeping will change her world forever.

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About the Author

PJ Sharon is author of contemporary young adult novels, including HEAVEN IS FOR HEROES, a finalist in the Denver Heart of Romance Molly contest. Her stories have garnered several contest finals, including two awards for ON THIN ICE, and a place in the prestigious Valley Forge Romance writer’s contest for SAVAGE CINDERELLA coming out in the spring of 2012. On the road to publication, PJ decided that indie-publishing was the best fit for her books. Although the themes are mature, evoking plenty of drama and teen angst, PJ writes with a positive outlook and promises a hopefully ever after end to all of her books. She believes in strong heroines empowered by learning valuable life lessons. Because of this, readers of all ages will be captivated by the emotional and romantic journeys of her characters. Writing romantic fiction for the past six years, and following her destiny to write Extraordinary stories of an average teenage life, PJ has been a member of Romance Writers of America since 2007 and is an active member of the Young Adult chapter of RWA. She is mother to two grown sons and lives with her husband and her dog in the Berkshire Hills of Western MA.

Product Details

  • File Size: 462 KB
  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Publisher: PJ Sharon; 1 edition (December 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #570,959 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good not Great July 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I had to gather my thoughts before writing this review. I would have given this story a 4 or 5 if it wasn't because of the many devasting issues that the main character had to go through. The concept that less is more, should have applied here. I mean, basically, it felt that the only two things that this poor girl does not go through is going to Iraq and coming back with post-traumatic syndrome and being a Hurricane Katrina victim; because other than that, just about everything happened to her. By the third major incident, it stopped being believable. In my humble opinion, one or two incidents explored in depth would have sufficed.

Also, the interaction between Carter and Penny was so sporadic that I kept wishing for more. I feel that we didn't really get to know Carter very well. The happiness to drama ratio was not balanced for my liking.

Do I regret reading this book? No. It is still a good read, just not epic.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touches the Heart of Real Teen Issues December 18, 2011
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I just finished reading On Thin Ice by PJ Sharon and I've been through at least ten tissues. In spite of the tears, the story is uplifting and leaves one with faith in human nature in spite of all our troubles.

Penny is a dedicated honor student, a skater on the competition track, and works part time. As if that isn't enough, she's the main caretaker for her mother who has cancer. Her father has emotionally checked out because of the pain of seeing his wife dying. Reeling against the emotional weight of all she's dealing with, Penny finds comfort in the arms of Carter, a college student she meets at the rink.

Life is complicated, and Penny has other major obstacles to overcome on her path to happiness. PJ Sharon deals with issues of eating disorders, teen pregnancy, and family dynamics in a sensitive and talented manner reminiscent of Judy Blume. Through it all, she infuses the story with hope, faith, and love. This book is a must read for teens and parents of teens. I can't recommend it highly enough.

Buy it. Read it. Love it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Story Weaver November 8, 2012
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Keep a box of tissues handy. This story will tug all your emotions. While I felt it had too much drama for one character to be realistic, the story is strong and Sharon manages to tie all the conflict together. Too much religious interjection for my personal taste, but did play a part in the protagonist's internal conflict and why she struggled with some tough consequences of her choices. Despite the overwhelming conflict that leaves the reader wondering if the protagonist would ever hit bottom or see the light of day, the lessons learned and advice gently woven through the story makes it a recommended read for teens facing tough life decisions themselves, or through others. Also some great insight for parents who have a tendency to put unfair expectations on their teens. Well done.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ice was Stretched a little too thin January 27, 2012
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Seventeen-year old Ice-Skater, Penny, meets handsome Hockey hunk, Carter McCray, or Mac, and sparks ignite. Those sparks start a fire that burns hot and fast. But like all fires, the aftermath is never pretty.

There are YA books that hit on edgy issues such as, sex, bulimia, teen pregnancy, death of parents, finding out you are not who you thought you were, rape and parental stress to succeed....This book had ALL of these things, it was A LOT to take for just one young girl. Some of the issues could have been drawn out more, and some could have been taken out all together. NOT to say that PJ Sharon didn't do an AMAZING job at making all these issues not just believable, but they WORKED!

For me, as a reader, it was a bit much. As a fellow writer, it was a bit much. There were some unnecessary secondary characters that could have been taken out, and I would have suggested taking out one or two of the conflict issues, maybe drawing out some of the main issues a bit longer. I felt as if the conflict was piled on and forced on the reader.

But as I said, PJ Sharon did an amazing job at making ALL THE CHAOS work. There was some "God" talk, which doesn't bother me in the least, but this is coming from a 13-yr Catholic School Veteran. In my opinion, if I was dealing with all of the things Penny was dealing with, I'd be praying too!!

As for the main characters, Penny was your average girl, I didn't really get too much more out of her, but I liked her. But I think because there was so many issues going on at the same time, we couldn't really get a good read on her feelings about just one thing, or how she would react in just one situation.

As for our Hero, Carter McCray....well....
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real life teen issues December 20, 2011
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On Thin Ice doesn't pull any punches and it doesn't sugar coat real life issues. PJ Sharon has a knack for getting inside her character's head and putting you right there with her. On Thin Ice is funny, sad, shocking and heartwarming - a book readers of any age won't be able to put down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth Skating July 7, 2012
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As an educator, I was looking a book that would help young adults and their families with delicate issues. A young reader I know asked if I had read any PJ Sharon. When I read On Thin Ice, I knew I had found the author and book that both young people and older adults can relate to. On Thin Ice is a book that counselors, educators, and parents can share and enjoy with young people, as well as see it as a way to engage each other on sensitive topics in a positive way.

I will be recommending this to many, many others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good coming-of-age story, but not much skating
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I chose to read On Thin Ice because it was available on netgalley and I love all things related to the ice-hockey or figure skating and I was intrigued. Read more
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More About the Author

Writing YA...because every teen deserves a hopefully ever after, I take what I've learned from my own life experiences and create characters and stories about the difficulties of walking that line between being a kid and becoming an adult. I've traveled far to get to this point in life, but I'm a happy, healthy person these days, and want to let teens know that no matter how bad life gets, it can always get better--have hope!

I live in the Berkshires with a dreamy husband, and I've successfully raised two sons who are on their own hero's journey. When I'm not writing and publishing my books, I spend my summers kayaking the lakes and ponds in New England, and my winters snow shoeing in the 6000 acres of woods behind my house...aaahhh, bliss!

Fun facts about me: I have a black belt in karate, sing opera, and can still do a sit spin with the best of them.

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