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We meet Sara Parker as she makes what is possibly her first friend. Arissa moves in across the street from the Parker home in a small California town. They bond, despite Sara’s parents’ rules against outsiders, and over the course of the book, we discover there are crueler rules and punishments than outlawing friends. Even still, Sara finds strength in her new friend and even more in a boy, Jason, who refuses to leave her side even after she pushes him away again and again.
However, this isn’t standard fiction. Jason isn’t a white knight in shining armor and Sara doesn’t evolve superpowers. This isn’t a fairy tale. This is fiction told without rose-colored lenses, but through a broken shard of glass. There is no meet-cute. There are adult themes and language, but don’t go looking for any bodice-ripping love scenes, because they don’t belong in realistic fiction such as this.
The prose is beautifully written, carefully crafted, and efficient in its description of scenes ranging from funny and sweet, to dark and traumatic. It is written in the first person, allowing the reader to feel what happens to Sara as it happens. There will be times, like there tends to be in all good literature, that the reader will not feel at ease. As a matter of fact, there may even be scenes that make the reader flinch as Sara is abused and mistreated. But there is no darkness without a dawn, and seeing this book through to the end, the reader will be rewarded.
The characters are drawn deftly and without caricature. Each of the main characters is a well-rounded, flawed character that remind us of friends (and enemies) we have come across in our daily lives. Debi doesn't paint in broad strokes, so for example, while we may develop a hatred for Sara's parents, we also see signs that they are broken themselves in the emotions and actions they display in between the lines of this book.
Be prepared. There is a lot of emotion in the pages of this book. You’ll want to have a box of tissues handy. Quite possibly two.
Kudos and congratulations to the Author, Debi V. Smith, for her debut novel and for writing a novel that will change lives for the better.
Family Ties, is an eye opener into the world of Foster Care and Child Abuse, for those who have never encounter either situation.
This novel is like 86 snapshots of Sara's life and how she comes to terms with the horrid life has dealt her. Not all things are lost. It's about taking things one day at a time.
Family Ties will have you screaming at characters and making you feel every punch delivered. It isn't an easy or pleasant read, but it is one that everyone needs to read. Who are we if we cannot protect our children?