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I understand why one reviewer would say it's geared toward teenagers except for the mothers perspective and depth of loss would be too much for a younger person to relate to. It took a bit to get into, but the author takes her time to develop the intricacies and inner turmoils of the relationships with the characters so once the true drama begins you are so familiar with them that it was worth going thru.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
The storyline was good. I did appreciate the fact that it didn't sugar coat the issues in the book. It presented them realistically and kept the message going throughout the story. When my kids are teenagers, this is a story I'd like them to hear.
However - the mother - she spent the first half other the book smothering her children with everything her time and money could provide - and the second half of the book, she litterally checked out. Of course until the last 1hr 44min. Then somehow she put herself back together in the span of a day or two... even though she apparantly couldn't function for years. I was so irritated with her behavior - that I found myself cringing.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
This could so easily been a sentimental love story. What lifts it beyond that is the quality of the characterisation. People with all their irritating flaws, young teens finding their way, decisions that have big consequences . . . I really got drawn into this.
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How far would you go to protect one of your children?
This is the question in this heartbreaking book.
Jude has it all, a perfect family, a perfect house, a perfect life.
Her kids are popular at school (well one of them, the other pretends she is) and everything is rosy.
Jude is the perfect mother to twins Zach and Mia and they love her for it, everything she does is for them.
Mia is unhappy though, she doesn't fit in at school and has no friends, that is until one day, a girl called Lexi sits next to her and begins to talk to her, they then become inseparable best friends.
This concerns Jude as Lexi comes from the wrong side of the tracks, but gives Lexi the benefit of the doubt and soon she becomes an addition to their perfect family.
After a stupid mistake is made one night the family's life is never the same again and Lexi is pushed out of the families embrace.
I loved this story and was moved to tears on many occasions, it has friendship, love, loss and fear in bucket loads.
A definite recommendation from me!