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Olivia, On the Brink: Olivia Series Book One (Volume 1) Paperback – September 23, 2015
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"Tessa Palmeri zeros in on the struggle and angst of that important time just before a teen is leaving for college. ... Palmeri understands teens, their language, what is important to them. She paints a vivid picture of life in America at the close of the last century with an insiders eye." ~ Carol P. Roman "Great read! This book is not only for young adults, it's also an interesting read for adults of all ages. This coming of age story shows the true, raw emotions of a young girl who has a rocky relationship with her family at home but, thanks to her mentor/boss at work she has a soft place to land. The subject matter is so real and leaves the reader "remembering when". The author has a knowledgeable grasp of the year in which the story takes place. I highly suggest this novel for moms and daughters. What a great conversation starter! Can't wait for the second book!" ~ Kara F. "I loved the story...it draws you in and makes you feel like you know the characters personally. It was great seeing Olivia grow and blossom with the help of the right the support...Mrs. K, Cameron, advisers, Mrs. Grayson, etc. I also loved the spark between Olivia & Cameron. I would love for my daughter to meet a Cameron! He is the boy that every girl should hold out for....supportive, thoughtful, respectful, encouraging, empowering, etc. I appreciated that the book deals with important real world issues that are relevant and that need to be addressed with today's young adults...knowing the value that you possess, regardless of what others say to tear you down...the importance of finding your own way in life...the pressures of attraction and intimacy. The narrative was steamy enough to be realistic...let's face it, when you are 18 and find that guy that makes your head spin, it can be HOT." ~ Loren S. "I loved this first novel by Tessa Palmeri. The storyline quickly brought me in and the author presented a very real look at the emotions surrounding the ending of one season of life (HS) and the start of another (college). I really appreciated the candor of Ms. Palmeri's writing around young love and was inspired by the subtle, yet steady thread of faith that carried throughout the book. I can't wait to continue the journey with these characters." ~ Jill S.
About the Author
Tessa Palmeri lives in Texas with her family. She has a special interest in how the family, as a social institution, shapes the attitudes, motivations, and goals of young people. She enjoys portraying complicated family dynamics and the catalysts that launch teenagers into adulthood. Her hope is that readers, of all ages, will be entertained and encouraged by the main characters in her novels as they learn to define themselves, their relationships, set personal boundaries, and triumph over obstacles and limitations. Tessa Palmeri invites you to share your thoughts and reactions to Olivia, On the Brink. Contact her via her website at www.tessapalmeri.com or Facebook at facebook.com/TessaPalmeri.
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I appreciated that the book deals with important real world issues that are relevant and that need to be addressed with today's young adults...knowing the value that you possess, regardless of what others say to tear you down...the importance of finding your own way in life...the pressures of attraction and intimacy. The narrative was steamy enough to be realistic...let's face it, when you are 18 and find that guy that makes your head spin, it can be HOT.
But I admired that they always kept a leash on it! Our current culture is so sadly missing. Kids don't understand that you can have deep passion for someone and NOT follow through with the lust or desire to follow through...that you CAN respect your body and the other person's too. I think that that is a story that NEEDS to be told!! I want my daughter to hear that message...when she's old enough. And I pray that the boys in her life respect the boundaries like Cameron does!
I am looking forward to seeing what happens next.
Senior year holds many worries for most students. Sometimes their path may not always meet with their parent's wishes for their children.
So much of this story stirred my heart for Olivia. Makes me feel very nostalgic. The author put so much emotion in the telling of "Olivia, On The Brink". So be ready for an explosion of feeling! Very inspirational with quotes from the bible. I am sure most of us can remember our first steps, so to speak, into adulthood.
Let me say the cover image drew me in right away.
I highly recommend this book.
Even though this is not a Christian fiction it does have some of those elements throughout the story. I thought this book was written very fluidly and most of it was pretty engaging, even for those of who are not romance readers. The romance was very tastefully done, so that helps tremendously. I also found this story somewhat nostalgic when it came to the time period, the 1990's and music from that era. One problem that I had with this though, was the fact that outside of her family life, things rocked along a little too smoothly for a teenager, things came a bit too easy. It seemed like she could wish upon a star and it would come true, and that made it seem a little more unrealistic to me, but other than that I enjoyed the read.
The characters were ok, I did not relate to them as much as I had hoped I would but I am sure a young adult or teen would find them more relatable than I did. I think Olivia was pretty strong though and had to overcome a lot to pursue her own life and freedom. I respect that. And can I just say that I hated Olivia and Emma's parents. I could not even imagine having parents like these. Mom puts the 'D' in dysfunctional and Dad is a Narcissistic you know what. They were lovely to hate though that is for sure! The sad thing about this is that there are parents out there just like these two, who also called themselves 'Christians'. There is a lot more involved than just going to church and judging everyone around you. You have to set a good example and these 2 really set the wrong one.
This book is definitely worth the read I think and I am rating it a 3.5 stars. I think young adult and teens would appreciate this story far more than me so definitely recommend it to anyone who likes YA.
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