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Life on Hold Paperback – February 21, 2012
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" ...an awesome story about adoption, a story that is so needed for children of any age. This book is great even for someone who is not adopted because it helps one understand the feeling of the adopted person. ...a book well worth your time and money." Reviewed by Joy H for Readers Favorite.
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Though intended for teenagers, I enjoy reading young adult problem novels, and finding the adoption papers create big problems for Myra, not easy to solve, that change her feelings about her parents. Life on Hold explores what's important in relationships, and the story's conclusion brought satisfying tears.
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.
Working to find clarity and resolution, empowered by the enduring love of family and her close-knit group of friends, she learns the value of honesty and communication and ultimately comes to realize what family is really all about.
McClure exhibits rare talent in this story which follows a young girl on her journey to discovery as she struggles to be true to herself in this compelling coming-of-age novel.
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.
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. :)