- File Size: 1594 KB
- Print Length: 156 pages
- Publication Date: December 20, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FS37D8Q
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #644,169 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
STRONGER (Runaway series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I read a previous negative review, and thought “It can’t be that bad.” I was wrong. This was almost tantamount to being forced to watch a horror movie – and I don’t like horror movies. Jasmine is raised by a half-mother (one who only seems to put forth half the effort), then introduced into a home with a virtual stranger. Jasmine’s mom has agreed to live with her boss, Jack, bringing Jasmine along for the ride. Jasmine has never even seen this man, and her mother likes him because he buys her lunch (and she probably repays him physically). Next thing you know, Jasmine is being physically abused regularly, told by her mom she should be grateful for a home. Jasmine’s mother is a drunk who drinks herself to death (though that’s only what Jack says), then Jasmine is tied to a bed for a week and beaten severely, burned with cigarettes, and apparently something is done to her “down there” but it never says what and Jasmine says she’s still a virgin.
Jasmine, now 17 & called Jazz, escapes and RUNS AWAY while Jack is at work and is homeless for months. She’s found eating out of a dumpster by a woman who goes by Mama; Mama tells her she can stay in a room above the night club she runs in exchange for working as a waitress. She doesn’t tell Jazz until she’s practically under her first customer that the club is also a brothel, where the girls have to get permission to get a cut of their own money. This is how Jazz loses her virginity, and it’s not sweet and romantic. Jazz RUNS AWAY after a couple of months when she encounters an insane client who abuses her worse than Jack. She runs to a shelter where she meets a Christian couple who take her into their home. She stays for about a year, I think, and they give her food, clothing, shelter, and help her get her GED and driver’s license. When she gets sick, they take her to the doctor, only to find out she has HIV. When she overhears them talking about putting her out, she RUNS AWAY. While standing on a cliff contemplating suicide, she meets – wait for it - a very rich man, Nate, who after listening to her entire life story, including the part about HIV, invites her home to live with him. I knew something was wrong right then. Does New York really have this many nice people willing to take strangers into their home at the drop of a hat? And how come Jasmine only has a GED, but can identify abstract art, yet doesn’t know not to go home with strange men? At this point – about 60% - I started skimming as much as possible. Long story short, Jasmine moves in, they have a whirlwind courtship after which they fall in love, then she finds out that he’s DYING OF CANCER. She becomes angry that Nate didn’t tell her right away and RUNS AWAY for 2 months. The story ends with Jasmine & Nate planning all the ways to donate money to charities for the different types of situations she’s been in and an epilogue with a letter from her to her roommate at the brothel telling her she can be whatever she wants to be. But not saying, “Oh, and if you ever need me, here’s my number/address!” If this were a physical book, I would build a bonfire just to throw it in.
Ready to end her own life, a kind stranger befriends her, and finally Jasmine is happy. Then her entire world comes crashing down around her once again. This time though, Jasmine is strong enough to weather the storm and finally make her own decisions.
This book had me from page one. The writing is compelling, the characters so real and so believable you feel like you are sitting in the room with them watching their lives play out. You laugh when they laugh, you hurt when they hurt, you cry when they cry. You experience a roller coaster of emotions while reading this book, and that, to me, is the mark of a truly gifted writer. This book is comparatively short... but is absolutely jam packed with a wonderful story line, wonderful writing and wonderful characters. This is one book that you will remember for a long time, and it looks to be the first in a series. If the series is half as good as this initial offering, it will become a best seller.
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