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I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman–#Review–4.5 stars

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Don’t Miss Gayle Forman’s Newest Release–I Have Lost MY Way–Coming 3/27/18!

 

I have Lost My Way is a powerful and beautifully written novel. It’s a story of three teenagers who over the course of only one day, mature emotionally, and profoundly affect one another’s lives.

Freya, Haran, and Nathaniel were feeling depressed and lost. Although they were all strangers when they met accidentally in NYC, they became fast friends. Each one of the teens, unfortunately, carried deep psychological scars. Together, however, they found a way to help one another survive, heal and change.

I connected with each character in this book, but Nathaniel broke my heart. From a very young age, Nathaniel became the caretaker for his mentally ill father. When he met Freya and Haran in NYC, Nathaniel was at his breaking point. Freya, a famous teen singer, felt love only through her fans. She agonized over what would happen to her when her fans discovered her horrendous secret. Haran is a gay Muslim and ashamed of his sexuality. He’s in love with a male friend, and afraid to tell his Pakistani parents.

I have Lost My Way is a poignant story, yet heartwarming, and sweetened with a dash of romance. It’s a story about love, loss, friendship, and finding the strength to be who you really are.

Thank you, Penguin Publishing Group-Viking Books and Edelweiss, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

~4.5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from Author’s page on Amazon)

Gayle Forman is an award-winning author and journalist whose articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Seventeen, Cosmopolitan and Elle in the US. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

 

*Sisters One,Two,Three by Nancy Star

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A Compelling Story by Nancy Star

 

Sisters One, Two, Three is about a dysfunctional family, the tragedy that scarred them, and how Glory Tangle’s decision changed her children’s lives for twenty-five years. This book takes the reader into the heart of a family, damaged by secrets, loss, and neglect.

Glory, the mother of the Tangle family, is an interesting but unlikable character. She takes advantage and emotionally abuses her oldest daughter, Ginger. She also manipulates her into accepting the blame for whatever happens in the family. Because of this, Ginger, unfortunately, grows up anxious about everything. And Although, her heart is in the right place; Ginger’s obsessive worrying drives her only child away.

Glory’s two other daughters, Mimi and Callie were also affected by their mother’s behavior. Mimi grew up cold and controlling and Callie, a loner. The older two sisters, Ginger and Mimi, were stunned speechless, by the immense secret that their mother chose to keep from them. Glory Tangle knew that some of her decisions were selfish, but in her mind, she was doing the best she could for her daughters.

Sisters One, Two, Three is a captivating, poignant and emotional charged story with unique characters and a compelling plot. Very enjoyable.

Thank you, Lake Union Publishing, and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*Little Big Boy* by Max Power – A Fantastic 5-star Read

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Little Big Boy is a superbly written poignant tale, about a 5-year-old child who is forced to grow up before his time in Ireland during the 1970’s. He tells the story of his life from age five to eight.

His story begins when his sister takes his cherished spot as the baby in the family. When he had held that prized position, his Mam was always able to shield him from the evils that surrounded them. His father was a mean drunkard and an unrepentant gambler, so hunger, abuse, neglect and violence were the norm in his household. His Mam now had his baby sister to protect, so as much as he didn’t want to, he had to become the little big boy in the family.

I loved how Max Power was able to capture the essence of this five-year-old boy, his innocence, his fears and his unwavering love for his Mam.

Although the story is sad because of the rampant abuse and neglect that occurs in it, there is also a thread of unconditional love that is strong, moving and unbreakable.

I found Little Big Boy to be a compelling read, and difficult to put down. It’s a story that lingered with me long after I finished the last page. I loved it.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover