Heaven Is For Heroes

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Seventeen year-old Jordie Dunn must face the loss of her brother when he’s killed in the war in Iraq. But Jordie doesn’t believe the military report that his best friend and fellow Marine, Alex Cooper, is at fault. In her quest to find the truth and help Alex, the guy she’s had a crush on since the ninth grade, Jordie discovers that the truth isn’t the only thing she wants. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781466187832
About PJ Sharon

PJ Sharon is the award winning author of contemporary young adult novels, including PIECES of LOVE, HEAVEN IS FOR HEROES, ON THIN ICE, and SAVAGE CINDERELLA, winner of the 2013 HOLT Medallion Award and the 2013 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award. She is excitedly working on The Chronicles of Lily Carmichael, a YA Dystopian trilogy. WANING MOON, Book One in the trilogy, was a finalist in both the 2013 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, and a HOLT Medallion Award of Merit recipient. Book Two, Western Desert released in June of 2013 and was a finalist in both the Winter Rose contest and Write Touch Readers contest. Watch for Book Three in the fall of 2014.

Writing young adult fiction since 2007 and following her destiny to write romantic and hopeful stories for teens, PJ is a member of Romance Writers of America, CTRWA, and YARWA. She is mother to two grown sons and lives with her husband in the Berkshire Hills of Western MA.

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Seventeen year-old Jordie Dunn must face the loss of her brother when he’s killed in the war in Iraq. But Jordie doesn’t believe the military report that his best friend and fellow Marine, Alex Cooper, is at fault. In her quest to find the truth and help Alex, the guy she’s had a crush on since the ninth grade, Jordie discovers that the truth isn’t the only thing she wants

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Review by: lorraine Little on June 17, 2012 :
I really enjoyed this book, I really like books about our veterans and their lives when they come home

good story
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Mythical Press on Dec. 16, 2011 :
A sweet and poignant story of loss, discovery, and love. 17-year-old Jordie is coping with the death of her brother, who was killed while serving as a Marine. But some of the circumstances surrounding Levi's death are suspicious. Her brother's best friend Alex was also present, and injured in the accident that killed Levi, and as Jordie tries to find out what really happened, the relationship that never was with the boy she's always loved finally happens. Other family dynamics and a secret long-buried come into play while Jordie learns to deal with her new-found love for Alex, who has struggles of his own.

While mostly a "quiet" book, this young adult contemporary romance deals with some heavy, current-events issues like PTSD, and never skimps on emotion. Jordie's a smart, likable heroine who sometimes does stupid, impulsive things that add to her authenticity, as do Alex's hot-and-cold ways. If you're looking for a highly emotional read with a liberal dose of realism, Heaven is for Heroes is sure to please!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Nancy Champoux on Nov. 21, 2011 :
What a great book! I think Sharon got a true perspective of our veterans after they came back home. For girly readers like me, i just looooved that romance adventure between the two principal caracters. I don't regret purchasing it!! I highly recommend this book!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Rachel Bigger on Nov. 15, 2011 :
I thoroughly enjoyed this sweet and touching story about dealing with tragedy, family relationships, and first-love!

Jordan Dunn, Jordie, is a 17-year old girl who has just lost her brother, Levi. Levi died in a mission while serving as a marine in Iraq and according to reports his best friend Alex Cooper is responsible. Jordie can’t believe this because Alex has always been the responsible one in the friendship, and her brother Levi had been displaying self-destructive behavior for a long time. In fact, it‘s Levi’s fault they are in Iraq in the first place. It was either join the marines or serve time in Juvenile detention for a stupid prank devised by Levi. Jordie doesn’t feel this is right for Alex to take the blame if it was somehow her brother’s fault, so she plans on getting to the bottom of this. Jordie has always felt close to Alex with him being so close to her brother, and has had a crush on him since the ninth-grade.

In this mission Alex lost his leg and is sent home to heal. He blames himself for the death of his best-friend, and with the added blow of losing his leg, he’s not in a good place. When Jordie forces herself on him, to help recover both in mind and body, he is less than thrilled. Jordie is persistent, though and Alex makes progress. Working so close together stirs up feelings between Alex and Jordie, but Alex pushes Jordie away, confused by so many different emotions. They struggle back and forth to figure things out (with a lot of swoon-worthy kissing scenes!) and you can’t help but want to scream a few times.

Add to this Jordie’s complicated relationship with her mother. Jordie lost her father when she was four to an aneurysm, and her mother took the loss hard (as anyone would). Jordie and her brother basically had to deal with losing their father on their own. This, and other things that are revealed throughout the story, cause a strained relationship with Jordie and her mother.

I loved the journey all these characters took to healing. I think the author portrayed the feelings one goes through with loss very well, and realistically. I also loved the sweet and sometimes steamy romance in this! You can’t help but sigh in contentment at the ending!

Thanks to PJ Sharon for sharing this lovely story with me!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Skypirate Productions on Nov. 13, 2011 :
PJ Sharon has captured the angst of the teenage heart between adulthood and childhood while dealing with the issues of death. Sharon's characters are original and very true to their nature. This book could easily happen in real life. She has done an excellent job at creating her world. The way Sharon handles the issues that surround a death that leaves questions in the mind is perfect and spot on. This is a great book and should be read by anyone that has had to deal the uncertainties of the teenage heart or dealing with death as a teen. Excellent job, Sharon!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Renee Field on Nov. 11, 2011 :
I have tears in my eyes again. I just finished P.J. Sharon’s amazing YA book Heaven is for Heroes and I think it’s only fitting that on Remembrance Day I highlight it. Heaven is for Heroes starts off with a funeral but quickly becomes a journey for both Alex (aka Coop) and Jordan who both have to learn to get over the loss of Lee, brother to Jordan and friend and marine buddy to Coop.

I loved how the book took me inside Jordan’s head, from her trying to be normal, wishing to uncover the truth about her brother’s death to her growing feelings for Coop and her struggling sense of what the future holds for her. There’s such struggle between Coop and Jordan that I was rooting for them from the get go to get together, but I’m not going to tell you how this ends because it’s worth reading every page of this book.

I loved how Sharon was descriptive with her prose, so much so, I could picture Coop trying to learn how to cope with one leg, how often he cursed at the nurses and at himself. Guilt is a huge layer in this book but it doesn’t take away from the fact that Jordan and Coop are teenagers wanting to explore each other like any normal teens. Those awkward ‘almost’ moments were precious.

For anyone who has family in the military this book is a great teen read, and for those that don’t it certainly will give you a true appreciation of how the effects of war reach well beyond the people who fight in them. For a person who has never read a YA book about an injured marine, I highly recommend this book.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lorelei's Lit Lair on Oct. 22, 2011 :
PJ Sharon did a great job with the voice. It was easy to read and follow, important topics and real life issues that are hard to deal with, all expressed so well. This book is great for YA as well as for adults, too.
Dealing with the death of a brother or close relative is very hard, especially when they die young. I find the author lets the readers really get a feel of how such grief must be like. With family issues, obstacles to overcome, decisions to make, and a beautiful love story- makes this book a great read, very touching and inspiring.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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