I want to spotlight a favorite YA author of mine, Anne Eliot. Anne has written these amazing YA books that deal with tough issues that many teens experience, but she does it in a sensitive, thought provoking way that makes you feel as though you are in the mind of her characters. You experience their highs and lows and everything in between. Here are my reviews of Anne's books and I hope that you find one that you might wish to read!
To Purchase Unmaking Hunter Kennedy at Amazon: http://amzn.to/1k5CNtu
After reading Unmaking of Hunter Kennedy I knew that I had to read more from author Anne Eliot. When I discovered her other book, Almost, I have to admit I hesitated reading it. The story deals with the aftermath of a teenage girl, Jess, that was almost raped. Since the subject matter was a little deeper, I wasn't sure I was up to the emotional roller coaster it was offering. Almost stayed in my TBR pile for quite awhile. When I finally decided to read Almost, I devoured it. Anne handled the sensitive subject matter in such a beautiful and sensitive way. Jess' journey of finding herself and putting the past behind her is emotional, but you will find yourself cheering her on and celebrating with her in the end. As with Anne's other book, this is very YA appropriate.
To purchase Almost at Amazon: http://amzn.to/1tnDYaM
Anne recently released How I Fall. She's on my auto buy list, so I quickly added it to my large TBR pile, where it safely landed on top. I started How I Fall thinking I would read a little here and there throughout the day as I was productively getting things accomplished around the house. I found that I couldn't put it down and therefore blame Anne for my untouched to-do list. This story, like Anne's previous books, is a YA. Ellen is 16 and has battled Cerebral Palsy her whole life. She is strong, driven and desperately wants to be seen as something other than the disabled girl. Cam is a star football player that feels boxed in by all the demands that are placed on him by his family. Cam just wants to be able to live his life, and that life doesn't include football. Cam and Ellen are brought together by a chain of events and longtime crushes are revealed. In How I Fall I loved the descriptions of the day by day, or more appropriately, hour by hour struggles that Ellen and Cam experience individually, as well as when they are together. The reader gets this amazing love story, but also this internal struggle of realty vs. how you want to be perceived. While this story does describe and discuss Ellen's CP and her limitations, that is only a small part of the overall story. I think the main theme is about how we all struggle with something, but we can't let that something define or limit us. I do feel the lengths the adults went to in this story to prevent Cam and Ellen from dating was a little exaggerated, but it did add that extra heart pounding element to the story that kept me reading. Warning! This book does have a cliffhanger! My understanding is that this is a 2 book series. Anne if you're reading this, I need book two ASAP!! Overall great story with a very Romeo/Juliet like love story.
To purchase How I Fall at Amazon: http://amzn.to/1mZ4Oh4
I recently met Anne at the RWA Literacy Signing in San Antonio. She was so nice, easy to talk to and very gracious. If you ever have the chance to attend a signing for Anne I encourage you to attend!
Find out more about Anne Eliot at her website: http://www.anneeliot.com/