REVIEW ´ A Life Redefined

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REVIEW ´ A Life, Redefined Ñ Seven years ago an innocent act by Rowan Slone turned her life into a nightmare Since the age of ten she's lived with the burden of her baby brother's death Now she is seventeen and all she wants to do is graduate high school go to college and escape the loveless family she has endured all these years—the same family that hR is determined to ruin her new found happiness no matter the cost And when Rowan discovers her mother’s long held secret she finds herself teetering on the edge of an abyss Can Rowan find the strength to move toward the future or is she doomed to dwell in the past. 4550Tracy Hewitt Meyer has written a deep emotionally intense novel of how teenagers take it upon themselves to deal with the pain and suffering of life without the help of their parentsRead full review in the 2013 September issue of InD’tale Magazine


Seven years ago an innocent act by Rowan Slone turned her life into a nightmare Since the age of ten she's lived with the burden of her baby brother's death Now she is seventeen and all she wants to do is graduate high school go to college and escape the loveless fam. I’m hesitant to say too much about this book I was looking forward to reading it but I had some significant problems with its content I don’t want to come across as mean because that’s not my intent but I also don’t want to ignore the issues I found There are multiple 4 and 5 star reviews so I would encourage you to read those as well before deciding if this is the book for you or not I know you have your own mind and I don’t expect what I have to say will influence you either way but just in case I would hate for you to miss out on a book you may love simply because I didn’tRowan has been living with the knowledge that she was responsible for her baby brother’s death for seven years now She’s not alone in blaming herself; her entire family blames her too Her father is controlling and abusive Her mother is emotionally unavailable spending the majority of her time locked in her bedroom Being in this house surrounded by memories guilt and resentment all those devastating things made it impossible to see the bright side of anything Rowan’s younger sister Trina has a reputation her best friend Jess is dating a 25 year old and her boss Dan is a creep She has a crush on Mike but doesn’t think she’s good enough for him I reuested this book because I saw that self harm was going to be addressed This topic is one that a lot of people are ashamed to admit they struggle with Reactions from people who learn someone self harms can range from disbelief to outright shaming so I applaud anyone willing to tackle it There are several instances of a character self harming in this book so if this is a potential trigger for you please take care of yourself while readingThe majority of the women in this book were either fat shamed slut shamed or portrayed as victims The men seemed to either be saviours or perpetrators Most of the characters felt two dimensional and the descriptions were uite repetitive The first time I found out Jess’ hair colour was cherry red I pictured it in my mind; after the fourth time I was keen to learn something new about her Similarly repetitive but offensive descriptions followed Rowan’s mother and sister If Rowan’s mother was ever mentioned without a fat shaming comment attached it didn’t stand out enough for me to remember Rowan’s sister was slut shamed throughout the book and her redeeming ualities which I’m certain she had because we all have at least one are a mystery to me Rowan’s traumatic experiences may account for some of this but it felt like I was reading about a main character who was 13 or 14 not a few weeks away from 18I tend to gravitate to YA books that include social issues but sometimes so many are mentioned that it can feel like social issue soup A lot of really important themes were mentioned but I don’t think it’s possible to do all of them justice in such a short book The sensitivity I expected to accompany such issues wasn’t always apparentI don’t understand why Aidan’s view spoilertrue cause of death wouldn’t have been obvious during his autopsy hide spoiler

Tracy Hewitt Meyer À 1 REVIEW

A Life RedefinedIly she has endured all these years the same family that holds her responsible for his death But no one holds her responsible than herselfWhen long time crush Mike Anderson invites her to the Prom suddenly her future looks brighter Rowan's younger sister Trina howeve. My Review Wow where to begin This is such a great young adult book It touches on so many problems that can beset young people today Dealing with the deep emotional scars Rowan manages to also show a strength and resiliency that we can only admire Convinced that she caused the death of her baby bother when she was only ten she can only find relief from the guilt by cutting herself Try as she might she still resorts to this behavior as her home life continues to unravel We see a truly dysfunctional family where her mom is a compulsive over eater unable to function in the role of mother as she deals with her own hidden guilt A younger sister that ends up pregnant and a abusive and emotionally distant father who only feels trapped by his family Rowan feels her only hope is do well in school and get out of the family as soon as she can The author does a great job bringing all of this to a boil in an unexpected twist Kudos to her for a story well written I though far from the young adult age really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone I have no problem giving this book a 5 star review