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Risky Issues: Stories About Identity, Drugs, Abuse, Death and Friendship Paperback – July 1, 2014
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About the Author
Lorraine Reguly, a rape survivor and single mother, is a Canadian-based high school English teacher-turned-freelancing-entrepreneur. Her websites include Wording Well (which offers writing, freelancing, and blogging tips) and Laying It Out There (where she shares personal stories on True Tales Tuesdays and features book reviews, author interviews, and other things – such as information related to self-publishing – on Featured Fridays). Lorraine loves reading murder mysteries, playing cards, spending time with her family, and shooting pool. She likes cats – even though she’s allergic to them – and dislikes snow and cold weather. One day, she hopes to live near a beach so she can go swimming every day.
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Her second story “Pamela in the Park” is a little more edgy. Lorraine gives us a snippet of everyday life for many teens. She creates uncertainty in her characters, their decisions, and actions, so the reader is compelled to keep reading. The suspense continues as the two main characters constantly evaluate each other and both hope that all ends well. Very good tension between the characters and a very realistic situation.
Her third story “The Day Adam Saw Red” touches on a topic that’s finally being talked about in society. The reader sees the world through Adam’s eyes and feels the emotions Adam is feeling. Lorraine brings Lorne, the custodian, into the story and through his character, the back story comes into view and completes the thoughts and emotions that Adam simply cannot express. The fact that Lorne can speak up and defend himself gives the reader hope that victims can receive help and recover to lead normal lives. These characters are very realistic and could easily be our friends, neighbors, or relatives.
The bonus story, “My Best Friend,” is truly a heart-felt story about the closeness of a friend. Lorraine tells the story through the little girl’s eyes and heart and the reader can truly feel the moment, when the little girl realizes that “Snoopy” is no longer with us. What makes this story so special is that Lorraine makes us realize that good friends are with us forever and can never be replaced.
Risky Issues is a must read!
As others noted, there are difficult social issues touched on in these stories, and they probably would be well-suited to helping young people affected by these problems start a conversation...always a good thing.
I empathized with Pamela who got entangled in a situation she never wanted to happen in her life. The lesson she learnt is valid for all of us. Then there was Adam, a shy but a troubled boy silently praying for help except no one noticed his plea. His story will touch the readers' hearts and definitely make us realize that there is often more to everyone than meets the eye. Lastly, there is sweet Lorraine who is best friends with her dog, Snoopy. A lasting relationship and a poignant story of loss and healing. This story became my favorite among all others in the book. :)
When Lorraine told me about her book and asked me to review it, I was entirely too happy to review it for her. A great writer and a very helpful person, Lorraine has already contributed to two anthologies before. I hadn't read any of her fiction but had read her book on blogging advice so I was curious to see for myself if she was any good and I am glad to say that she truly has a talent for storytelling. The writing style is simple and elegant. The plot is nothing extraordinary but the narration makes each story unique and unforgettable.
A short book, this can be read anytime and anywhere. I light yet a touching and entertaining book, I give Risky Issues a 4 out of 5 and recommend this book to everyone. I look forward to reading more from Lorraine in the future. :)
I received an ARC from the author and I am very thankful to her. The above review is my honest anf unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.
This review is also available on my blog Njkinny's World of Books & Stuff
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Risky Issues is a pocket book of short stories which are compelling and sometimes confronting.Read more