Readers and fans of Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Scars by Cheryl Rainfield, Before You Break by Kyla Stone, and Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen will enjoy this emotional read and series about a girl who turns to cutting to manage her pain and eventually breaks free.
Books in the Rowan Slone series: A Life, Redefined (releasing March 12, 2020) A Life, Forward (releasing November 5, 2020) A Life, Freed (releasing June 10, 2021)
When the darkness is too great, When the pain is too real, There is nothing but sharp edges, Razor slices, To remind me that I am alive.
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, and she turns to cutting to ease the pain.
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?
A Note From the Publisher
“A searing portrayal of a teen navigating her dysfunctional family that leaves readers hopeful. Meyer astutely captures the horrors of self-harm and domestic violence.” —Kirkus Reviews
"a deep, emotionally intense novel… Meyer is an author worth keeping an eye on, and a talent worth reading!!!" —InD'Tale Magazine
"Meyer has a great writing style that will suck you in…” —The NerdHerd Reads
"...a very emotional, realistic, heart-touching read." —It's A Book Thing
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This is the kinda book that is going to stick with me for a very long time. I finished it about an hour ago and I cannot stop thinking about it; about Rowan, about her family, about her heartbreak and her pain. I genuinely loved it and thought it was so powerful. Every time something more happened, I just wanted to reach into the book and hug Rowan - reading everything she was going through was hard. I recommend!
What a sad story. I felt so bad for Rowan and the burden she carries over her baby brother’s death. Her family is really awful to her and she is just doing her best to carry on. Not only she has to deal with that guilt, she has to deal with the abuse from her family and the knowledge that they blame her also. I hope things get better for her in the next book.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. A Life Redefined is outstanding! It is the story of Rowan Slone, a girl who comes from a broken home. Her mother is obese and rarely gets out of bed, her sister hates her and so does her dad. Why? Because she killed her baby brother seven years ago by putting a blanket over him. So she cuts herself out of guilt and sorrow. When she and Mike Anderson, her longtime crush, start hanging things start to get better for Rowan. I loved this unique book! It pulled me in very quickly and I was rooting for Rowan all the way. Something that I loved was the very surprising twist at the near-end. It was very emotional and shocking. Throughout the whole book, I felt many different feelings, from hope to sadness and many in between. The whole book was very well written and I got through it in one sitting. I definitely recommend this book.
A Life, Redefined # by Tracy Hewitt Meyer BHC Press Teens & YA Pub Date 12 Mar 2020 I am reviewing a copy of A Life, Redefined though BHC Press an Netgalley: There are times when the darkness is to great, the pain is so real, that there is nothing but sharp edges, that feel like razor edges, these things are the reminder that I am alive. It was seven years ago that an innocent act by Rowan Stone, turned her life into a nightmare. She has lived with the burden of her baby brothers death since she was ten years old, now she is seventeen and she just wants to graduate high school, go to College, so she can escape the loveless family she has endured for all these years, the very same family who held her responsible for her baby brothers death, but no one can hold her more responsible than herself. After Mike Anderson her long time crush invites her to the prom, she feels her world is starting to look brighter, but her her younger sister Trine is determined to ruin her new found happiness no matter the cost. But it is when she discovers what really happened to her baby brother, her Mother’s long time secret, she finds herself teetering on the edge of the abyss. Will Rowan be able to find the strength to look to the future or all she be doomed to live in the past? I give A Life, Redefined five out of five stars! Happy Reading!