08 January 2011

First Book Review of the Year: Angry

This is a very different book review for me and I must admit it was a bit of a challenge.
It has been awhile since I have had teenagers in the house yet as a Mum, I believe I have always striven to be the best I can be.
Problems such as communication betwixst Parents and Teenagers comes to mind first of all, something most of us do not get easily the hang of it.
I will admit however that albeit I might not have always heard what was said then, I have learned and my "difficult" teenager is now my best friend. There is nothing I would not share with her and I enjoy very much discovering her as an adult!

Angry is written by author Laura L. Smith and it brought back memories of the many phases of teenager years! Teens have a tough time growing up especially with peer pressure, school and family problems and our ever challenging society makes it even more difficult these days than it used to be in the past. Internet, Media, Latch key kids and lack of parental supervision, Money, all play a big part in the growing unrest of our Society.

Sixteen year old Laura shares her Summer betwixst caring for her young siblings and hanging out with her friends at the pool. Her Mother is an alcoholic, her Father is often traveling for business and finds someone else.
Soon Laura's parents announce they will be divorcing. For Laura this is the ultimate heartbreak and her world comes crashing. She tries very hard to hold things together yet she feels her life will never be the same and she is angry.

Her circle of friends and the upcoming school production of Les Miserables however are the two bright spots in her young life. At first Laura hopes to land the part of Cosette but when her Drama teacher gives her instead the part of Eponine, she finds her own way to deal with the pain. What she has not yet realized is that God is going to use the play to draw her to him.

Laura's journey from despair to victory is an excellent story for young people faced with similar problems but also for anyone who remembers how hard it was at times to grow up.
Not everyone will agree I am sure but I would recommend heartily and I give it 4 1/2 stars!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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