Review: A Life, Redefined by Tracy Hewitt Meyer

Book Title: A Life, Redefined
Author: Tracy Hewitt Meyer
Publish Date: June 21st, 2013
Published By: Cerulean Publishing
Genre: YA
Series: Book One in the Rowan Slone Novels)
Book Link: Goodreads
Purchase Link: Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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?

Disclaimer: I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

Review:
I entered the Goodreads giveaway on a whim and was stoked when I found out that I had won. It was staring at me from my desk earlier so I looked at the page number and I guessed that I could finish it pretty quickly. I was right. It was a riveting, page turner that dealt with so many tough issues. Usually when a book tackles so many tough issues,the book ends up being subpar. Not this book.This book handled such tough issues as teenage pregnancy,rape,infanticide and depression, among other issues, well.
Rowan has been living with guilt for ten years. The book says that she is the one that punishes herself the hardest but I disagree. It was her father who punished her the hardest.She,along with her sister Trina and her mother are subjected to her father’s abuse constantly. It is no secret that things would be different if her baby brother had lived. 
Not only does her father abuse Rowan and Trina,he also emotionally abuses their mother. I got frustrated with their mother. She was so far deep in her depression that whenever her daughters were abused,she only put up a half-hearted effort to protect them.Not only that but Rowan’s mother carries with her a secret that will turn everything on its head. I cannot say that the twist was entirely unexpected but I was a bit shocked. 
Mike Anderson and Jess were good characters too. I wish we had seen just a pinch more of Jess but I did like her from what I did see. Mike had everything that Rowan didn’t have and I think that’s part of what drew Rowan to him in the first place.
This book is getting 4 stars from me. I really enjoyed it but it felt like some parts were just a teeny bit rushed.I think making the book longer would definitely have fixed the issue of certain rushed parts. If you are up for a quick page turner,give this one a try. I both cried and laughed during this book and to me,that’s the mark of an amazing book.

Stacking the Shelves #7

Hello everyone,it has been a busy week for me in both my bookish life and my personal life. However I was so excited to get the books that I did get.As always this weekly feature comes from Tynga’s Reviews So head on over there to link up your Stacking the Shelves posts.


Bought

A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan (Finally I get to read my first Readers’ Choice book)
Broken Symmetry by Dan Rix (e-book)

Received for Review
The F It List by Julie Halpern (e-galley from Netgalley)
The Longings of Wayward Girls by Karen Brown (e-galley from Netgalley)
Emma’s Secret: A Novel by Steena Holmes (e-galley from Netgalley)
Not for Profit (The Dr. Scott James Thriller Series Book 1) by Glenn Shephard (hard copy)

Gifts
These Broken Stars by Annie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner (Thank you Grace)

Won
Love, Lies and Deception by L.P. Dover (e-book)
A Life Redefined by Tracy Hewitt Meyer (Goodreads giveaway)

So leave your comments below and let me know if you got any of these books and if you have,then let me know how you liked them. And as always leave your link to your STS posts so I can stop by your blog and check out your goodies.