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Life on Hold Paperback – February 21, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
Beverly McClure deals with complicated issues like adoption, teen pregnancy, and family secrets with realism and sensitivity. Teen readers can easily relate to Myra's pain and rebellion. Part coming of age, part teen romance, "Life on Hold" is full of surprises.
Without giving away the plot, let me say that McClure did a stellar job asking and answering an age-old question: what does mean to be a father? Is it just the biological ties or is it more?
Several scenes really stood out for me: the wedding scene, where Myra and her not-quite-yet-sweetheart, Jeremy, are taping the festivities. I was laughing so hard, my sides hurt. The other scene: where Myra finally realizes who her real dad is. Tears and more tears! But the good kind. A priceless moment.
McClure captured the voice of the modern teen perfectly without relying on the usual snarky stereotypes we so often see in YA novels. These characters, both the main ones and the supporting ones, have good days and bad days. Sometimes, they do the right thing; sometimes, they make lousy decisions. Just like real teens.
I, for one, think Beverly Stowe McClure has just written her best book yet. I've read most of her other ones and loved them all, but this one is my favorite.
The school librarian at the middle school where I teach is already looking into buying a copy for the school library. It's that good.
Bravo to Beverly Stowe McClure and her latest work, Life On Hold.
Myra Gibson has to put her life on hold when she happens to come across a very disturbing piece of paper while cleaning out the family guesthouse. It is such a shock to her that she cannot even think about it, much less ask her parents about it. As an introverted teen, she has no one she can confide in.
"On June eleventh, ten days after my sixteenth birthday life as I knew it came to an end."
The startling discovery will change Myra's life, both with her family and her friends. She has to work it out by herself at first, but eventually starts to open up with her mother, then her father. Later she brings her friends into her secret and finds that she has a lot of support from all sides. Teens will love following Myra and her friends and family to the conclusion of her dilemma.
Beverly Stowe McClure lives in Texas with her husband, Jack. She is the mother to three sons, grandmother to four granddaughters and two grandsons and great grandmother to one great grandson. Her official bio says she married very young.
Beverly is a member of both the North Texas and the national Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Some of her other books for teens include Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines, Listen to the Ghost, Secrets I Have Kept, Rebel in Blue Jeans and Just Breeze.
Now that Myra know she's adopted, and the man she knew as "Dad" is not really her father what will she do? Will she look for her real father? Will she be happy with her real father or will she be disappointed? Well you have to read the book to find out! ^-^
Thank you Beverly S. McClure for allowing me to review this book. Good luck on your writing career. :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Life on Hold, by Beverly Stowe McClure, is the poignant story of Myra, a sixteen year old girl who discovers a document revealing that the man she had always believed to be her... Read morePublished on March 26, 2013 by Literary Classics Book Reviews
How would you feel if you were a sixteen year old girl who just had her life turned upside down? That's how Myra Gibson feels when she discovers an adoption paper. Read morePublished on June 2, 2012 by Melanie King