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Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing (February 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1618974289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1618974280
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

More About the Author

Brenda Youngerman (1960 - ) Was raised in Southern California and has been writing since she was a child. Her first novel, Private Scars, was published in 2006 and takes an insiders view of domestic abuse and allows the reader a vantage point on how a victim is isolated and alienated from everything they know and love. Private Scars won both the editors choice and publishers choice awards. Since the release of Private Scars Youngerman has released a novel a year bringing up what she calls, "Fiction With a Purpose," books that take on social issues and very real world problems. She hopes that a reader puts down one of her books and asks the question, "Was that real?"

If one person is helped by reading a Youngerman novel and realizes that they are not alone in their predicament, she has achieved success in her eyes.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marissa @ For The Love Of Film And Novels on June 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
Wow...Just wow. When I first saw the cover of this novel, I perhaps expected a sibling type rivalry story, then I read the synopsis, then the story. It literally blew me away and now I'm back saying that this is a sister relationship, if you can call it that, one that I will not forget. There were definitely twists in this story, and to me there seemed liked abrupt stops by the end of some chapters, but as the story progressed, I see how it benefits the story. This is a story that takes place through Diane's (the good sister and really the main character) entire life, from when she was a baby to her mid forties. I do like how we are with her throughout her sometimes nice, and sometimes disastrous journey. Some of this takes place when she is in college, and when she finally gets there she tries to make a new person out of herself, a person different from the one that was constantly being stepped over by her older sister Brittany (the bad one, just so you know). Those four years away, she faces horrible situations, and it seems that bad events happen to her throughout her life. She does have some sweet times with two people, that to me, seemed like they showed Diane, what good life can really be. (You have to read and find out who those two...guys are, hint.) :) But, we also see Diane enter in a marriage that seems mysterious to begin with, and you will see what happens. I was stunned, honestly, to see Diane was still being troubled by her past without her knowing! You will see and be shocked too; I promise you. This is a story that has family conflict, suspense, passion, and good old mystery. For me, I wish there were more situations solved; there seemed to be a few cliff hangers, you might see this too, and I definitely wanted those answered, but all in all, this was a story that definitely had me turning the pages, and it was a great mysterious read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lori Caswell VINE VOICE on May 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
Sibling Rivalry!

Brittany Montrose was the star of the family and when her sister Diane was born she was not about to give up that spotlight. From the time Diane was a toddler Brittany told her she was no better than garbage, that they weren't really sisters, that her real parents dumped her the doorstep and her parents only agreed to take care of her as long as she behaved and never made any trouble. She told Diane that if wasn't careful they would throw her out with the trash. She even called Diane "Garbage Girl". Diane lived in constant fear of losing her family and her home.

Finally as Diane was graduating from high school as valedictorian the truth finally comes out. Her parents denied Brittany claims but really did nothing different. Her dad tried but her mother still sided with Brittany at every turn.

Diane tries to move on with her life but that is easier said than done. Her life becomes one filled with mystery, lies, and murder.

Dollycas's Thoughts
This tale takes dysfunctional family to a whole new level. Brittany is pure evil and her parents didn't have a clue and couldn't seem to cut the ties that bound them to their awful child.

I can tell you I felt a gambit of emotions while reading this story but the mother in me was furious. How can two parents be so out of touch with one of their children?

I love stories that evokes such emotions like this one does. It is a powerful read with surprising twists that I was unable to put down. This is the first book I have read by Brenda but it will not be my last. Her website says she writes

`Fiction with a Purpose' - stories about real people and real issues.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on May 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book was very well written but not really my cup of tea. I found that there was just too many things happening to Diane for it all to be believable. Having raised children of my own I don't see how the parents in this story could have been so blind to what was going on because for all intents and purposes they seemed normal about everything else except Diane.
I was kind of surprised when the book ended, I was thinking I must have missed some pages.
If you like women's fiction you will like this book, it gives 'dysfunctional family' a whole new meaning!

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising*
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Ward on May 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
In her novel, Skewered Halo, author Brenda Youngerman allows the reader a look into the heart and soul of a woman whose past consistently haunts her. She has been told her entire life that she doesn't belong - that she is unloved; a piece of garbage. All this is being told to her by her older sister. Even after she has grown up and moved out of her parent's house, her emotional scars define her and she has to deal with several trying situations.

Youngerman's characters, especially Diane, are written with empathy and understanding. The story is well written and has a nice even flow to it, which makes the book go quite fast. I am not a huge women's fiction fan, but I liked the bit of mystery that was woven into the story, as well as seeing how Diane would finally overcome her circumstances. It's a deep novel concerning family, lies, love, and loss and is a wonderful novel for lovers of women's fiction and general fiction alike.

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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