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I think that this book is going to haunt for me a while, as it affected me at a deep emotional level. Parker was a young man with tremendous potential, but his dark side rose up and took over his character and personality at a very young age. Annie was unwittingly drawn into the conflict between Parker and his girlfriend, Connie, both of whom used her as a source of direction and comfort. Annie was one of those rare individuals who knew who she was even as a teenager. She was centered and certain about her future. However, the angst and internal conflict experienced by the other characters in the book, caused her to doubt herself. Parker tried to imply that Annie was responsible for the actions he had taken, causing her to re-evaluate and take control of her life. This book is well written, with a deep understanding of how the disturbing actions of one person can deeply impact the life of an innocent, leaving me feeling sad and restless.
I almost did not finish reading this book, but as I was given a free copy in return for an honest review, I continued, and I am glad I did. It reminds me of an 'coming of age' story in the genre of To kill a mockingbird, or Breakfast Club. It made me think back to my senior year in high school, and the close friends I had, and where our lives ended up. And Dreams, how just one thing can change how those dreams turn out. This is a thinking person story, and I would recommend it to every parent of a teenager.
I was reading along thinking that this was a story meant for younger readers. Then it exploded and turned into something else. A violent act impacts many lives and changes their world forever. Thought provoking, intense, haunting...... This author definitely sets a different table for readers to feast on.
This was a well written story of small town life. The dreams, the aspirations and the disappointments were well documented. The reader is drawn into the story in such a way that you can remember your own stories of growing up. It needs a little more zing for me to give it five stars.
This book was so packed with teen emo drama and small-town life cliche that I didn't get very far into it before I decided to stop. I love a good small-town read and l enjoy coming of age stories but this one was off somehow. It's like the author tried to establish the mood too early instead of letting the mood occur as the story unfolded; the characters seemed flat and sterotypical and there was little to "grasp" that kept you wanting to read more.
I received this book for an honest review. First off the reason for the 3-star rating as it wasn't my cup of tea for reading, and I struggled to get through it. The story line started out ok but then kind of drug on and on, the main character (Annie) was just plain weird to me. The whole book seemed to go in circles. I would try another of Milton' s books if the topic was geared to a different subject.