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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Review: The Damned

Title: The Damned
Author: Jennifer Snyder
Format: Ebook
Release Date: December 2nd 2014
Genre: New Adult
Source: Author
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Rating: 4.0-stars 

Melissa's Review:

Cole Porter is a teen that doesn't have an easy life. He has to take care of himself, since his mother isn't really there to be a mother. His older siblings left the nest as soon as they turned 18, so he's left to fend for himself. When his Mom goes to jail, he gets in contact with his older sister and moves in with her and her boyfriend.

Emory Montgomery is a golden child. She is the type of child that strives to do no wrong, the type that every parent should cherish. Her family isn't the most supportive though, they expect her to be that way. If she so much as steps a toe out of line her mother guilts her into what she wants. The father is out of the picture for the most part, he's always away on business. Emory has to keep an insane schedule her mother sets, she does gymnastics and she pushes herself until she is ready to break.

I'm not going to go into a ton of detail as I don't want to ruin the story, but just know The Damned addresses issues that I don't see in many books, those being self mutilation (cutting) and an eating disorder. I think it's great that JSnyder wrote these characters and what they're going through. It brings awareness to both, which are more common than you think. I wish/hope kids in high school read books like this so they know they're not alone. That they need to seek help if they're going through these thoughts/actions. The story itself is told in alternating POV between Cole and Emory. JSnyder always manages to pull off the alternate POV wonderfully. I'd suggest this if you're looking for a YA/NA read.

4 comments:

  1. It's true that it's not something I usually read about but it can be interesting to have this kind of topic too. thanks for introducing me to this book.

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  2. I haven't read any Snyder's books but, considering the issues that The Damned addresses, this one sounds deep... I may give it a go at some point, thanks for pointing this out, Melissa.

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  3. Ooo that sounds interesting Melissa. I've not tried hers yet. I do like when authors broach difficult subjects. Christina Lee is one of my favorites that does that. Hitting on suicide, etc and seeking help. Hard reads sometimes but great messages.

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  4. sounds like a powerful story. I think its a good think when authors approach taboo subjects and handle it well. Good review Mel!

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