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20 June 2012

Spring Reading Challenge Book Review #11

Well, since today is the first day of summer, and tomorrow the Spring Thing Reading Challenge ends, I am writing my last book review for that.

This book was my 11th book and on my original list.

This must be a very popular book because I waited on the towne library list for over 3 weeks before my name was next. 

Super easy read because it's an excellent story.

The book opens with a prologue set in 2010 and then Part One begins in the year 2000.

Story Summary
Jude (short for Judith) Farraday has put her twin children's needs before her own for the last 18 years.  The twins, Mia and Zach, are smart and happy teens.  A former foster girl moves in to their community.  Her name is Lexi and Jude welcomes her with open arms.  She and Mia become best friends but then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three of them do everything together.  Meanwhile, Jude is a "helicopter mom" in the true sense of the phrase.  She HOVERS over these seniors in quite a ridiculous manner, even choosing their colleges and careers for them.  It has always been easy to control them...until their senior year.  Every time Mia and Zach leave the house she worries about them incessantly.

One hot summer night, her worst fear is realized.  One decision will change the course of all of their lives.  Suddenly, the Farraday family is torn apart and Lexi will lose everything.  In the years that follow, each person must face the consequences of that single night and find a way to forgive.

My Thoughts
I loved this book although the story was a tad bit predictable as most of the author's books are.  I like that it raises the questions of motherhood, identity, love, loss, and forgiveness.  But it also radiates the power of hope and shows us the courage it takes to forgive the people we love who hurt us.

In my opinion, this book is appropriate for ages 15 and older.

On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the highest, I rate this a 9.


LittleWomen21 said...

That's funny, I just heard someone use the term helicopter mom and I had to ask what they meant - I guess I missed out on this term but it's a great description! I may have to see if our library has this book, thanks for the review.

Susanne said...

I have never read this author but have wanted to. I think I'll start with this one, sounds interesting.

Faith said...

Hi friends! her books are wonderful!! i especially liked this one and the one called Firefly Lane.