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on June 23, 2013 :
A Penny's Worth by A.M. Hooper started out slow with Emmeline and her friends finishing their final year in high school.
Emmeline isn't in love with her boyfriend, Chase, she doesn't even like him and yet stays with him because??? He may be the high school basketball star but he is a jerk who likes to impress his buddies, drink too much and beat his girlfriend.
Enter Cephas and the story starts to get interesting! Emmeline is attracted to Cephas and that attraction seems to be mutual.
There is something about Cephas...is he really what he appears to be?
Suspense, intrigue, romance, A.M. Hooper has captured it all!
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars and have found a new favorite writer!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on March 08, 2013 :
In this romantic thriller, readers will hitch a ride with 17 year-old Emmaline as she goes from girlfriend of the high school basketball star to a hostage at the center of a high-speed chase. Her captor? A criminal mastermind ... and the boy she'd thought loved her.
For the first few chapters, A Penny's Worth appears to be a contemporary romance - Emmaline is finishing up her senior year, complete with all its typical and relatable teenage drama. But after a few chapters the tone of the story shifts when she's taken hostage by her new boyfriend Cephas. From there, the latter half of the novel shifts to a complex sequence of dramatic chase scenes, tense moments at gunpoint, ever-changing loyalties, and ever-shifting uncertainty about whether to trust her head or her heart.
Throughout the story Emmaline struggles with her attraction to guys that are wrong for her (read: abusive). Initially, she stands up for herself, shutting down at least one suitor that's been physically harming her. But she gets confused when the abuse from another guy turns psychological. I can't say I fully agreed with or understood some of the decisions Emmaline makes in this book. That said, kudos to the author, who has decided to tackle some pretty serious subject matter that so many novels leave unquestioned!!
I do wish that the protagonist had a bit more agency in her decision making. She had shining moments, but was often not privy to the plans of her allies and therefore had less agency in the latter parts of the story.
Overall, this was a thought-provoking, fast-paced read. It will certainly keep you guessing! Bonus: there's a scene with a fascinating discussion on U.S. agricultural policies -- a subject near and dear to my heart!!
Recommended for fans of: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris, or Morgan Rice's Arena One
Book Soundtrack: I Knew You Were Trouble - Taylor Swift
"What are you saying?" he asked, eyeing me suspiciously. I couldn't believe I'd been dating such an idiot.
"Maybe that's all you need: someone to remind you of your capabilities every now and then."
"I wasn't sure I could ever love him again. At least not out loud."
(reviewed within a month of purchase)