Friday, June 20, 2014

[Book Review + Giveaway] A Life, Redefined by Tracy Hewitt Meyer‏

A Life, RedefinedA Life, Redefined 
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 holds her responsible for his death. But no one holds her responsible more than herself.

When long-time crush Mike Anderson invites her to the Prom, suddenly her future looks brighter. Rowan's younger sister, Trina, however, 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?

I don't know where to start with this review because this book has left me speechless. A Life, Redefined is a YA novel that really looks into the tragedy of a teenage girl who has to go through abusive family and the guild of the past. 

Having to live with knowing that she was responsible for her brother's death, Rowan just wants to move on. With one year left of school, she works for good grades so she can go to college and actually do something good. Because being with her family is impossible. Her family really made me mad. You have an abusive father who cannot stand her and lashes out on everyone the first chance he gets. Then there's the mother who lays in bed all day and eats junk like it's nobody's business. Oh yeah & how can we forget Trina, her sister who is the biggest slut in town and hates Rowan's guts. 

I thought it was kind of cute how Rowan had a crush on Mike. Although I thought he was a little weird and became way too obsessed with Rowan fast, her reaction to his attention was adorable and I loved how sweet they were. He was there for her and really showed her how to get through what she was going through. There were no mind games that you often see in YA novels. It was just him and her, liking each other and supporting.

The narrator for the audiobook was someone who I had to get used to. Becca Ballenger has a great voice but in the beginning I thought she wasn't as emotional as I thought Rowan's character should be. But as I listened more, I realized that it's how it's supposed to be. Rowan is damaged, broken, she's on her last string and Becca really shows that to the reader. Great read, definitely recommended!

Bio for Tracy Hewitt Meyer

GlitGirlTracy Hewitt Meyer is a multi-genre, multi-published author of new adult fiction as well as adult paranormal and contemporary romance. She has a B.A. in English and a Master of Social Work, both of which feed her true passion-her love of writing. Born and raised in the beautiful state of West Virginia, Tracy now lives in the mid-east with her family, a goldendoodle, and a bearded dragon. 


In honor of this celebration, Author Tracy Hewitt Meyer will be giving away the following:
1. One Grand Prize winner will win a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card
2. Runner Up will an ecopy of A LIFE, REDEFINED.

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