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Shattered: A Daughter's Regret with Bonus Content (Secrets) [Kindle Edition]

Melody Carlson
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Book Description

Everybody does it—sneaks out of the house now and then. It’s harmless enough, right? Cleo Neilson is the only one who knows why her mother was in a seedy part of town that one night, but she’s determined to keep the secret that’s breaking her heart. Walk through this teen fiction novel of grief, guilt, faith, and forgiveness. You won’t forget the journey.

Includes bonus chapter taken from Forgotten by Melody Carlson.

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From the Back Cover

Everybody does it—sneaks out of the house now and then. It's harmless enough, right? Not this time. Cleo Neilson faces the chilling consequences of her actions. Now she has a secret and can’t tell anyone, and it’s breaking her heart. As Cleo fights through her grief and guilt, she learns about faith in God and forgiveness through him. As teenage girls read Cleo's journey, they too will learn the value of having faith and receiving forgiveness as well as just how dangerous it really is to keep a secret.

[series copy]
Every teenage girl has a secret. And every teenage girl loves hearing someone else’s secret. But some secrets are big enough to detour, derail, or even destroy a young person’s life. Each of Melody Carlson’s Secrets novels will propel readers into a world where promises are broken, life is not fair, and challenges can make or break them, while ultimately helping readers discover that solid faith, loyal friends, and a persistent spirit will see them through.

About the Author

Melody Carlson is the best-selling author of more than 150 books, including the TrueColors series (TH1NK/NavPress). Her first book in the Secrets series is titled Forgotten. She has won various awards for her writing, including The Gold Medallion and The Rita. Melody currently lives in the beautiful Oregon Cascade Mountains with her husband.

Product Details

  • File Size: 570 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Navpress (April 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Q7CMKO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #578,758 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent YA fiction! April 12, 2011
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I told myself I would just take a peek at the story and go back to reading something else on my kindle. Well, I couldn't stop until I finished the book! That's a good story.

Shattered made me cry. Several times. It was a beautiful story and so tragic at the same time. I loved how realistic the author made the daughter's issues, especially when it came to guilt over what happened and blaming herself. How she dealt with the pain using pills for a crutch to get her through the tough spots was well done. Her increasing dependency on them was well done, too. I loved how the various stages of grief were naturally included in the story. They were shown in such as way as to help the main character understand the different cycles of grief that she was going through. I loved the new guy in her life and how supportive he was. That crazy aunt started to grow on me, too.

This story was throughly engrossing and a fantastic portrayal of how guilt and self-blame erodes who you are inside. The author did a great job showing how guilt and regret can destroy so many things in your life. But the author doesn't leave the reader with a hopeless feeling. Carlson uses the people in Cleo's life to draw her out and get her to face her demons. I loved how her being honest and disclosing the truth about her feelings of guilt actually freed her soul to heal. This was so well done. There were no pie-in-the-sky resolutions and healing was shown as tough work, which I appreciated. There are plenty of unrealistic stories in the YA genre. This novel was not one of them. For that reason, and the fact that I was so moved by the story that I cried buckets several times, this book is making my best fiction list for 2011.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I just finished this book, and while it was an easy read, it was not intriguing. Within the first couple of pages, I knew what the tragedy would be. No subtlety. It was more than obvious that someone would die. The problem was that the set up was soooo heavy-handed. The mom was VERY overbearing. I am a Christian, and I grew up in a somewhat (obviously) sheltered environment, but nothing like this. Our parents let us take the bus places or even drive to those places. We were allowed to reasonably hang out with our friends. The way the mom shot down her daughter in every way possible, she was begging for the girl to rebel. I thought it was a little extreme to have the mother die (not just die, but she was MURDERED) to prove a point. I thought the guilt laid at Cleo's feet was too much. Granted, she disobeyed (which I don't condone), but at 17, what teenagers (yes, even us Christians) don't make plans with their friends? Her mom was just way too overprotective for a kid who was headed into college in the fall, and it bothered me that there was no reflection on that at all. Just BAM! Mom's dead. Bring on the guilt. Oh, and here's your similarly overprotective aunt. The drug addiction was also convenient and easily dealt with. Didn't seem real at all. I don't think they ever explained why her mom had the pills. It would have been more plausible if Cleo had some type of ballet injury and was already taking them and just increased her intake to "numb" the pain. Then, I could've bought how easily she got addicted.

It wasn't a bad read, but it just reminded me too much of one of those NBC teen specials.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book. April 16, 2011
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This is the first book I read on my Kindle. I would state now, this is more for the teenage audience(like myself). Not to ruin a plot but the girl gets hooked on drugs and deals with minor life issues after the passing of someone important(don't want to give it away if it's not already stated in the description). I give it full stars because it was a good book and I would suggest anyone.. of a younger age.. or someone that likes an easy teenage read to get this.

It took about.. 5 hours maybe to finish. I'm not the fastest reader either. A nice book. Give it a chance!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good quick read, but not perfect April 14, 2011
By Tammie
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The book was interesting, but seemed to move at a bit of an unrealistic pace. Without giving away too much, the main character loses her best friend and her mother within hours, then within a matter of about 2 weeks develops an addiction, and goes through withdrawal. If you're not expecting anything realistic, the book can hold your interest and has emotional draw, I just think it could have been even better if they had drawn it out a little bit more. Every event seemed a bit "squished" in.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Julie
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I was so disappointed that this story was so unrealistic. Luckily, I didn't waste another $10 on this book n got it for free. This young girl loses her best friend n her mom in a matter of hours, then gets "addicted" to pills in a matter of like a day or 2. She's suddenly Immediately an "Addict" n within like 2 days trying to "wean herself off" the pills n going thru withdrawal in like 2 wks!! It's really ridiculous that she doesn't even know the names of the pills she was "hooked on"... Knowing first hand about pill addiction, it's a VERY lengthy process, usually lasting several years n to have this happen out of NOWHERE n go thru it all, withdrawal n be done in like 2 wks is TOTALLY farfetched n unrealistic. Nobody that wants to learn about drug addiction should waste their time w this ridiculous read. Author kept me reading just to see what happened at the end, n it was emotional, but other than that, I wish I would've spent time reading something else. "James Frey" ....his book "A Million Little Pieces" was Awesome! Now THAT is a good book n "Dying For Triplicate".... That too is a REAL-LIFE drug story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
This book was great. I loved the story, and the way it caught you. Simply amazing. Just great. Enough said.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Book, I think a lot of kids should read it.
Published 10 months ago by tiggerlove
5.0 out of 5 stars So real
I love reading Christian fiction especially teen books. This book really touched me as a mother of 3 kids. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent teen fiction
This is an excellent book for teens dealing we with real life issues. As you are drawn into the story you feel all of the emotions that Cleo experiences. Highly recommended!
Published 21 months ago by Cindy J
4.0 out of 5 stars Fans of MC's True Colours Will Enjoy.
If you have read Melody Carlson's True Colors series and her Degrees of Guilt series , you will know and be well aware that she reaches into the areas of life that many authors... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Paula L. Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Choices have Consequences
Seventeen-year-old Cleo loves her mom, but not her mom's overprotective nature. When the chance comes for Cleo and her best friend Lola to attend a concert in the big city, a... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Sparkling Angel
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening
All children struggling with the death of a loved one should read this book. And all people struggling with guilt in the event of a death.
Published on March 21, 2013 by K.west
5.0 out of 5 stars i enjoyed this book
i enjoyed this book a lot. once i started reading it i could not put it down. it took me about a day to read it. this book keeps u interested the entire time.
Published on March 13, 2013 by Rachel
3.0 out of 5 stars YA novella with a message about choices and regret
For a Christian genre book it is very low key with minimal references to anything religious. There are no attempts at preaching or trying to persuade the reader that the grass is... Read more
Published on June 1, 2012 by Cheryl M-M
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot to love about this book
Melody Carlson, the author, was described as someone who has written books for all ages, but that she especially enjoys writing for and about teens. Read more
Published on April 23, 2012 by NenetteU
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More About the Author

Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women and children. That's a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a "storyteller." Her novels range from serious issues like schizophrenia (Finding Alice) to lighter topics like house-flipping (A Mile in My Flip-Flops) but most of the inspiration behind her fiction comes right out of real life. Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, TrueColors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She's won a number of awards (including Romantic Time's Career Achievement Award, the Rita and the Gold Medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog. To find out more about Melody Carlson, visit her website at

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