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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Review: Fourteen by CM Smith

Released: July 28, 2011
Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop
Rated: YA
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*Book was provided by publisher for honest review*
High school is hard enough when you do fit in, but if you don’t look a certain way or have the right friends, you’d better hope you grow a thick skin to defend yourself from the ones that do. Arianna Weller and Evan Drake are worlds apart, moving in different circles until they are forced together for a science fair project. Putting aside their differences from the past is not easy for either of them, but can they do it long enough to realize that they’re not that different after all?

What I thought

I really did enjoy this. It was thought provoking and eye opening. While at first, when reading, I wasn't sure if I really liked Anna. The victim of verbal abuse at school, she kept this shell around her and tried to let everything bounce off of her, being used to it since middle school all for being a plus size girl (and not that much more plus size). At first, this kind of annoyed me. I had wanted to see her softer side. It wasn't until I finished the book and actually thought about it that I realized just how strong Anna really was. She never let her tormentors see her cry. For the most part.

This was hard to read at times. But I'm sure it's realistic. I never went through what Anna was, nor was I one of those people in school that victimized others. I felt bad for Anna and I was glad to see that Evan get a slap upside the head for the way he's treated Anna for so long.

I wasn't expecting to see a romance out of this one. But it was sweet and endearing. Evan's transformation is what made the book. It really did. It showed that people can change (while most wouldn't) but it shows that not everyone is willing to keep doing things when they know them to be wrong. Evan was brave, although I'm sure he didn't feel that way at first, and he was strong, to stand up for what he believed in, even if it meant going up against all of those he had previously considered friends.

I highly recommend everyone read this book. It was well written and the story is about one amazing journey of two people. This is definitely worth reading.

My Rating

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1 comment:

Candace said...

This sounds like a good read! I never experienced bullying at school but I did at church (though they just called it teasing, they didn't harm me other then through words) but I always get so ANGRY when I read books where bullying/teasing happens. Glad you really enjoyed it!

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