I've been writing off and on approximately forever. I'm middle-aged in a chronological sense, but young at heart. My favourite genres to read are speculative fiction and YA, but I also read some contemporary and some non-fiction books. My favourite author is Connie Willis, but I mostly read indie authors nowadays. My other interests include editing, hanging out with other writers, walking, playing backgammon, dancing Ceroc and spending time with my two boys. I also enjoy copy-editing and proofreading other authors' manuscripts.
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Chloe's world is literally about to be shaken apart. A devastating earthquake sparks a chain of events that spiral her life out of control. She's off her meds. Her oddly-named cat is missing. She doesn't know what she wants out of life any more. Misfortune and uncertainty don't mix well with bundles of energy and Chloe's tendency to ignore consequences. Will she cope? Share her journey.
Robert is different. He has Asperger's Syndrome. He experiences the world differently to 99% of the population. Follow his entertaining and highly empathetic story as he struggles to realise and accept who he really is, tries to understand other people—which he cannot—and endures a myriad of awkward moments in his quest to meet a nice, normal girl...and not even a major earthquake will stop him.
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Smashwords book reviews by Kevin Berry
- Meggie Blackthorn
on Nov. 26, 2012
Meggie Blackthorn is a spirited, intelligent eleven-year-old who goes to live with her grandparents so she can attend the grammar school for which she has earned a place. The story is set in the area of Newcastle, England, in the early 1960s, and the author brings this period to life brilliantly with lots of detail seamlessly woven in. It's very easy to warm quickly to young Meggie, whose life has changed completely by going to live with her grandparents and attending a new school. She makes some new friends but also has to cope with a threatening bully, Billy Fish, who is the son of an unpleasant woman working in her grandfather's shop. The story is well-paced and well-structured with an element of suspense in it.
I particularly liked how that time (60s northern England) was brought vividly to life in this story, and how real and believable Meggie as a character was portrayed. The story is told consistently from her point of view. All of the main characters were portrayed well with their own personalities. Although it's a young adult, coming-of-age book, I feel it would appeal also to an older generation who would like to be reminded of a bygone era.
I really enjoyed this book and heartily recommend it as a particularly well-written, engaging story with an endearing main character.