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Sacred Hardcover – November 13, 2012
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'Sacred' is a beautiful young adult novel full of hope and romance. It follows Scarlett Wenderoth as she struggles to contain her grief after the death of her older brother. Scarlett's life has been roughly divided into Before Ronny Died and Since Ronny Died - and the parts that have been happening since his death have been really hard on her. Her parents are consumed with their own grief and trying to keep the family B&B running. Scarlett's only tether to life is her mare, Delilah, and her best friend Lily. Scarlett begins to lose weight at an alarming rate and her parents don't seem to even notice. She feels alone with her only outlet being Delilah. On one of their rides, she meets a mysterious guy named Will - who seems to ease Scarlett's grief and makes her feel safe. Scarlett and Will's relationship grows deeper and she finds herself feeling alive again - until Scarlett discovers that Will is hiding a secret that might bring everything they have to pieces.
This was a fantastic young adult novel that revolves around first love and romance, but also deals with some deep issues such as death, loss, grief, family, self discovery, and trust. The characters are unique and very realistic. I especially liked Scarlett - she was a great lead character with her flaws and obvious issues, but she also showed character growth and the ability to have courage and to move on with life after a devastating loss. Will's character was a perfect fit to go along with Scarlett. He's an interesting and mysterious guy a first, but definitely has layers of his own once we get to know him. The setting was perfect for the novel - the small island of Catalina off the coast of California provided the perfect sense of isolation yet community that the characters needed.Read more ›
I found Scarlett's story compelling (it's no accident that her nickname is Scar), and Ms. Arnold's writing thoroughly enjoyable. Since I'm a novice to the genre, I didn't know what to expect, but what I found was a story that is satisfying on multiple levels. Certainly the elements are there for a teenage girl: horses (don't all teenage girls want a horse?), romance (Andy vs. Will), trouble at home (parents who are almost completely dysfunctional--or more accurately, nonfunctional), a BFF who is rich, charming, loyal, and a great dresser, and, for good measure, there's a touch of the paranormal. Mix this together with the usual angst of life as a high school student (something we can all relate to), and you've got a story that will appeal to most teenagers.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a novel that forces you to slow down and revel in the writing. It's a simple story, in many ways, about a girl who is trying to recover for the loss of her brother (and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rose
Scarlett’s older brother died suddenly, which means her life has fallen apart and nothing will ever be the same again. Read morePublished 15 months ago by SunshineRose
The book made me want to continue to read to find out more about the characters, but it was not a book I would want to read again. Its a good book just not a favorite. Read morePublished 17 months ago by victoria
i got this book because it sounded really interesting. I love to read so i took a chance and bought it. I couldn't even get through the first chapter i was so bored with it. Read morePublished on February 28, 2014 by Jessica
This book was 2.5 stars for me. It had me for the first 200 pages and then lost me to too much religion talk. Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by T. Geo
A perfect book for girls: horses, boysm best girl friends with beautiful clothes. And, many lessons learned. Give it a try!Published on November 5, 2013 by Gracie
After reading Elana K. Arnold's Burning (my review) I knew I wanted to read her first book, Sacred. Given how much I loved Burning I had pretty high expectations for this one and... Read morePublished on October 3, 2013 by Maggie
I like all the allusions to classic lititure. I would like to see a sequel, what happens to Will and Scarlett?Published on August 22, 2013 by Erin Niksick