Not So Easy (Souls in Peril series)

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Max Sanchez is the “it” kid at Port Fare High. He’s the star of the baseball team, he’s dating head cheerleader Emma McKay, and he has a throng of wonderful, supportive friends.
JD Miller is the school’s punching bag, verbally and emotionally. He has a loving mother, but her choice in boyfriends is questionable, leaving him a target at home as well as school. More

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Published: Aug. 16, 2012
Words: 91,960
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452446578
About Sherry Gammon

Sherry Gammon’s debut novel Unlovable quickly rose to the top seller list on Amazon. She has added five more novels to her body of work.
• Not so Easy, book one of the Souls in Peril series. A poignant story of Max Sanchez who is on a journey to help the struggling JD Miller survive high school.
• Unbelievable, book two of the Port Fare series, which takes us on the bumpy pathway of love for Cole Colter.
• Pete & Tink, a fun, light-hearted novella about a manga-loving geek and a five-and-a-half inch fairy.
• The Experiment (co-written by two other authors). It is a speculative fiction novel about morphs, and is set in the future.
• Loving Marigold, a fun romantic story about a witch that is part of the Christmas anthology A Fantasy Christmas
Sherry and her wonderfully supportive husband, currently call Upstate New York home, which is also the setting for her novels. It is where they are raising their family. Sherry has a degree in Legal Assisting, and served as a medical technician in the Air Force. She and her husband worked in foster care for a number of years, from which they adopted their youngest son. She has worked in the education system for a number of years, and is currently lucky enough to be teaching teenage girls, ages 12-18. She has lived in Michigan, California, Utah, Texas, Pennsylvania, and the beautiful, but over-taxed state of New York where she has spent the last eleven years, and now considers home. It is where she spends her nights writing instead of sleeping :} Her Blog is:www.WordpaintingsUnlimited.com

Unlovable Video book trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGsz1q_DYZM

Souls in Peril book trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZoHO_sfP8c

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Reviews

Review by: Beckie Voigts on Nov. 05, 2012 : star star star star star
Wow, where do I begin with this review? Yet again author Sherry Gammon totally blew my mind with one of her books. When I read and reviewed Sherry's first novel "Unlovable" back in November of last year I was absolutely smitten with the story. I honestly never thought she would do it again with Souls in Peril and write a literary masterpiece. This is one of those books that will stick with you long after your done reading it and as I told Sherry it very well might be the BEST book I have read in 2012.


The story begins where we meet a very "popular" high school kid named, Max Sanchez. He has a awesome life. A Mom and Dad who dearly love and support him. A wonderful, loving and sweet girlfriend named Emma McKay. Everything is perfect for Max and Emma. Both soon to graduate and begin their lives together.


Then there's the not so lucky. A boy named JD or "Lumpy Larry", who the mean kids nickname him at school and his best friend Izzy or "Icky Izzy". They both struggle with the day in day out abuse and bulling at school and at home. At home JD deals with his Mother's abusive boyfriend. Who does everything from calling him names to psychically beats JD. Poor Izzy's home life is no better. She is being molested by her creep of a Father all the while dealing with a sickness that is slowly killing her.


One night after a dinner date with Emma at Max's parents house they decided to go out for some frozen yogurt at a place nearby. Although Emma chooses to go home for the night, Max and his parents still go out. On their way home Max and his Mom and Dad get into a tragic car accident in which not one of them survive. So when Max wakes up in limbo not knowing what has happen, he finds his perfect world torn into shreds. While his parents make it into heaven, Max comes to find he shouldn't have died that night along side his parents. Gabe who is a angel explains this mishap and offers Max a deal. Gabe will grant Max a period of time to go back down to earth and fix a life for someone in desperate need with the added bonus to see Emma again. This Soul in Peril just so happens to be JD "Lumpy Larry" who Max finds out was somehow involved in the car accident as well. Max will be living in JD's body, he can think for himself as well as move for JD. His main goal is to find a way to help JD become strong, find HOPE and overcome the bullies and the beatings even if it kills him. Again!


I don't want to give anymore away because I want any new readers to this story to find out what happens to Max/JD, Emma, and Izzy through the course of the book. To feel and experience what JD/Max had to deal with and fight up against. The story is so deep and there are so much more that happens than what I wrote above. Souls in Peril touched my heart more than any book ever has. I love a book that once done reading it you feel like you can walk away lighter and uplifted. Sherry writes this story for both a bully and those who are bullied can find find hope or see the errors of their wrong ways. The story truly spoke to me and touched my soul. In The beginning of the book I was hooked, and left breathless. In the end I was blown away and left in tears. One of the many wonderful things I loved about Souls in Peril is Sherry's ability to have such an expressive writing style. The reader can sense and feel every raw emotion good or bad during the book. She made me feel like I was right there in the book living through JD.

I cannot recommend this book enough to everyone. Trust me, read it and tell me you did not shed a tear or learn something about yourself. Being bullied myself most of my life during school was so very hard for me, some days I just wanted to give up. I just wish I would have had THIS book for me to read when I too was a Soul in Peril. Yes, I know this is one of my longest reviews, and if you have read it up to now then give yourself a gold star. All kidding aside please, please, please read this beautiful book. I guarantee you'll not regret it.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Tea Pleic on Oct. 28, 2012 : star star star star star
I am not even sure where to start, writing about this wonderful book. At first I wasnt too sure that I would get into it, however the way that Sherry introduced the characters made me love them automatically. Then the first BIG thing happened and I litteraly had my mouth open for a long time, in shock of the event but also not knowing where this book is going to go. This book touches down on some serious issues that everyone deals with in Life and I feel that Sherry has done it justice. She was truthful and raw about it and in some chapters I didnt know if I could continue the book but I could not put it down, It was sooooo good. The characters are amazing in this book. Max I fell in love with because he is a highschool boy but has a Heart of a grown Lovable man, and Emma is a true sweetheart.... JD omgosh I felt for him so much... and it made be think about real life and how this happens everday. Once I got into the book I couldnt put it down, I wanted to know what will happen next, and how Max and JD will work together, I cried several times in the book, I laughed and smiled, however as I was reading the last chapter I was balwing...... HUGE uncontrolable tears and hiperwentaliing.... I have not done that with a book I dont think EVER. I have cried yes and balwed but this was uncontrolling, and as I read the last sentance I smiled. So thank you Sherry Gammon you are truly a fantastic writer and I can not wait to read more of your books. I recommed this book for everyone, Mothers, Sisters, Aunts, Uncles, Brothers and Fathers and young adults as everyone needs to read it and maybe it will teach us something...
Thanks Again Sherry I adore you, you are one talented Woman!!

(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tea Pleic on Oct. 28, 2012 : star star star star star
I am not even sure where to start, writing about this wonderful book. At first I wasnt too sure that I would get into it, however the way that Sherry introduced the characters made me love them automatically. Then the first BIG thing happened and I litteraly had my mouth open for a long time, in shock of the event but also not knowing where this book is going to go. This book touches down on some serious issues that everyone deals with in Life and I feel that Sherry has done it justice. She was truthful and raw about it and in some chapters I didnt know if I could continue the book but I could not put it down, It was sooooo good. The characters are amazing in this book. Max I fell in love with because he is a highschool boy but has a Heart of a grown Lovable man, and Emma is a true sweetheart.... JD omgosh I felt for him so much... and it made be think about real life and how this happens everday. Once I got into the book I couldnt put it down, I wanted to know what will happen next, and how Max and JD will work together, I cried several times in the book, I laughed and smiled, however as I was reading the last chapter I was balwing...... HUGE uncontrolable tears and hiperwentaliing.... I have not done that with a book I dont think EVER. I have cried yes and balwed but this was uncontrolling, and as I read the last sentance I smiled. So thank you Sherry Gammon you are truly a fantastic writer and I can not wait to read more of your books. I recommed this book for everyone, Mothers, Sisters, Aunts, Uncles, Brothers and Fathers and young adults as everyone needs to read it and maybe it will teach us something...
Thanks Again Sherry I adore you, you are one talented Woman!!

(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Stacy Lynn Carroll on Oct. 27, 2012 : star star star star star
Just W-O-W!! This book was so amazing and touching, from beginning to end. I didn't want to put it down for a second, but unfortunately life and sleep got in the way, so it took me about 3 whole days to read it. Otherwise, I would have just read straight through! Sherry Gammon is a true genius when it comes to characters. After finishing, I wanted to call some of the people the next day to see how they were doing. They had become that real to me. Then I had to remind myself I couldn't because they were fiction. I was a victim to bullying at a young age. This book touched me so deeply I wish I could go back in time and give it to my younger self. I know if I'd read these words back then, it might have helped me get through those tough times a lot better. I think this book should be on the required reading list for all those in high school and junior high. It's a comfort and a guide to those being bullied, and an eye-opener to the kids who do the bullying! I loved how the author showed us what it was like on both sides, and we were able to witness what it would be like if the roles were reversed. Then we got to watch the characters grow and triumph as they learned to work together. I also loved how it was told from the perspective of a teenage boy. You don't see that very often in YA, and it was fun to get inside Max's head. Such a powerful story! I recommend it to all!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tia Shadow on Oct. 21, 2012 : star star star star star
First, I'll say thank you to Sherry.

I absolutely love this book! The perspectives are well thought out, believable, endearing and emotionally developed. Being able to see from all sides provides the reader to get inside the character's minds and the interwoven relationships. This book would be an excellent and valuable teaching tool for English Classes in schools because of way the characters are represented. You read what it's like for each of them, giving a well rounded view to the reader. Again, I loved this book. The bold frankness of the story, the reality of what bullies do to there victims, the angst victims feel, the crushing and debilitating results of their suffering, as well as the truth in hope and help that many don't realize is there because they feel alone, and the awareness that happens when people realize what they thought was 'just a joke' really isn't and is harmful to another, carries well and the message is clear. Excellent read!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: twilight27 on Oct. 20, 2012 : star star star star star
The major themes in both of Sherry Gammon's books concern bullying, which, unfortunately today, is a very common occurrence in the world, and these books show the perspectives of the victims and the bullies and show throughout the course of the book the error of their ways and even shows that life is tough, harder for some people than others, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel- Hope. As heartbreaking as some of the events in Souls in Peril are, the main theme that readers should take from this book is that there is hope. People can change and be made to face their actions and hopefully become better people after. Souls in Peril was a hard book to read at times, but it was written with great feeling and passion about ending bullying which is great and as hard as it was to read, it was a book everybody should read.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Shawn Maravel on Oct. 19, 2012 : star star star star star
First, a brief note on bullying and my own personal experiences going into reading this novel. Bullying is something I've never been able to tolerate, luckily in school I wasn't bullied nor did I witness it on any great level. In addition, I had a strong group of friends that made it easy for me to ignore anything that might be said about me behind my back, and there were things said, but nothing that left emotional scarring as with JD and Izzy. In high school I sat at a lunch table full of what I affectionately nicknamed my fellow orphan chairs. My mom (an avid antique collector) decorates with only antiques and all of the chairs in her house are different, unique, but all equally beautiful. She calls them orphan chairs. My friends in high school, especially those I spent lunch with were like those chairs. All different, each beautiful in their own way. And that's what this book reminded me of. My first day of high school I picked an empty table in the lunch room to sit at by myself. Towards the end of the lunch period, a few guys from the freshman football team came over and talked to me, inviting me to sit with them from then on. It was their kindness, and kindness of others like theirs, that propelled me through those tough four years of trying to find myself without losing myself to the constant pressure that always lingers in a high school setting. I could go on and on, but what it comes down to is that this book really grabbed hold of my soul in more ways than one. I was transported back to my own high school years and then some.

With that in mind, this novel is not for the faint of heart. JD and Izzy were not as lucky, nor were they easily excepted, at least not for a long time. They had hard lives and struggled endlessly with bullying in nearly every aspect of their lives. As Ms. Gammon states in the end of the novel, these are extreme cases of bullying and not all of those who are bullied or those who do bully come from these types of home environments, but the truth remains...it does happen. So rarely do people consider how much deeper the pain is in others than what appears on the surface. The reality of it is that most people suffer, those who we might assume have hard lives, and those who pretend otherwise. you simply can't know unless you've walked a day in their shoes.

This novel paints that picture more clearly than any novel I've ever read or probably ever will.

Further more, Gammon tied these two characters together so effortlessly, creating a real and tangible struggle between striving to overcome and the desire to buckle under the pressure, that I felt as if I was the third wheel in JD's body. I felt his pain, his agony, his desperate need for it to just end. I felt Max's struggle just as strongly, trying to pull through, pushing against the weight of grief so embedded that it seemed unmovable...

Powerful message aside, the skill that is required for an author to be able to so effortless transport their reader to that emotional depth and connection is evident in Gammon's writing. She managed to tell a story so well rounded and so emotionally gripping that her readers can't help but learn from these character's struggles, walking away, dare I say it, with a whole new outlook on life and on bullying.

READ THIS BOOK.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Shawn Maravel on Oct. 19, 2012 : star star star star star
I have a compulsion when it comes to writing reviews where I need to write it the second I finish it...I was up until 2am finishing this astonishing, compelling, and moving novel. Despite the crazy hour, I NEEDED to take the time to write the review while this story and its characters were still fresh in my mind.

First, a brief note on bullying and my own personal experiences going into reading this novel. Bullying is something I've never been able to tolerate, luckily in school I wasn't bullied nor did I witness it on any great level. In addition, I had a strong group of friends that made it easy for me to ignore anything that might be said about me behind my back, and there were things said, but nothing that left emotional scarring as with JD and Izzy. In high school I sat at a lunch table full of what I affectionately nicknamed my fellow orphan chairs. My mom (an avid antique collector) decorates with only antiques and all of the chairs in her house are different, unique, but all equally beautiful. She calls them orphan chairs. My friends in high school, especially those I spent lunch with were like those chairs. All different, each beautiful in their own way. And that's what this book reminded me of. My first day of high school I picked an empty table in the lunch room to sit at by myself. Towards the end of the lunch period, a few guys from the freshman football team came over and talked to me, inviting me to sit with them from then on. It was their kindness, and kindness of others like theirs, that propelled me through those tough four years of trying to find myself without losing myself to the constant pressure that always lingers in a high school setting. I could go on and on, but what it comes down to is that this book really grabbed hold of my soul in more ways than one. I was transported back to my own high school years and then some.

With that in mind, this novel is not for the faint of heart. JD and Izzy were not as lucky, nor were they easily excepted, at least not for a long time. They had hard lives and struggled endlessly with bullying in nearly every aspect of their lives. As Ms. Gammon states in the end of the novel, these are extreme cases of bullying and not all of those who are bullied or those who do bully come from these types of home environments, but the truth remains...it does happen. So rarely do people consider how much deeper the pain is in others than what appears on the surface. The reality of it is that most people suffer, those who we might assume have hard lives, and those who pretend otherwise. you simply can't know unless you've walked a day in their shoes.

This novel paints that picture more clearly than any novel I've ever read or probably ever will.

Further more, Gammon tied these two characters together so effortlessly, creating a real and tangible struggle between striving to overcome and the desire to buckle under the pressure, that I felt as if I was the third wheel in JD's body. I felt his pain, his agony, his desperate need for it to just end. I felt Max's struggle just as strongly, trying to pull through, pushing against the weight of grief so embedded that it seemed unmovable...

Powerful message aside, the skill that is required for an author to be able to so effortless transport their reader to that emotional depth and connection is evident in Gammon's writing. She managed to tell a story so well rounded and so emotionally gripping that her readers can't help but learn from these character's struggles, walking away, dare I say it, with a whole new outlook on life and on bullying.

I've read in a few previous reviews that Souls in Peril should be required reading. I for one know that I will certainly be making sure that my children read it. Bullying is intolerable. And we all need to make a conscious effort to put an end to it, once and for all.

READ THIS BOOK.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Parker on Oct. 10, 2012 : star star star star star
Sherry took this book in a direction that I was not expecting, but it was perfect! It definitely got the message out there.

One thing I noticed when I read her first book, was that Sherry is really good at making you feel exactly what the characters are feeling. And if it's at all possible she does an even better job at it in this book. There were so many times that I had to put this book down and walk away cuz I could feel the characters' pain. I felt Em's pain like as if it was me that had just lost someone. Or JD's and Izzie's pain that I was the biggest scum that was ever on the face of this earth.

If I were a high school teacher I would definitely make my students read this. No I WOULD read it to them to make sure that I knew they were actually get the message from this book!

I loved the ending as weird as that sounds. I think it was the perfect ending. It was such a slap in the face to all those bullies out there, because we know that stuff like that really happens. People can only take so much before they just give up on everything. And the ending does just that. There's no happy ending with that part of the book. But it needed to happen so that people could actually see that things aren't always happy and cheerful like hollywood likes to portray it as.

This book shows how just smiling or giving a helping hand to someone in need can change someone's life in such a drastic way. You see it with JD and almost with Izzie. We just don't realize how much we effect others by our actions and words. Whether it's something good or bad, big or small. And I think this book really hits down on that hard! I just wish I could make everyone read this. Like those bully's out there that mean to cause harm to others, or those that don't even realize that they are bullying. And especially to those who do get bullied so that they can realize that keeping quiet isn't always best. That there is always someone somewhere who will help them, if they wont give up there hope and reach out to someone.

I wish I could express better how much I feel like this book needs to be put into the hands of those young and old! I just hope this review has done enough to convince you to read it. Go learn about JD's story so that you can see better what you can do to start putting an end to this huge problem we have going on in every parts of the world! Give these characters a chance to tell you their story! Go find out if your a Max, or JD, a Nick, or an Emma. If you don't like who your more like then change it!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: kristine partlow on Aug. 22, 2012 : star star star star star
WOW! It has been a while since I have read a book that caused me to experience so many emotions…joy, excitement, passion, despair, perseverance, fear, remorse, love, devastation, sadness, determination, embarrassment, regret, with the underlying message throughout the book of “never give up.” A must read for all teens & pre-teens!

Sherry takes you on an amazing journey as the most popular athlete, who has everything going for him, experiences the least popular kid’s life.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Cindy C Bennett on Aug. 21, 2012 : star star star star star
Souls in Peril is seriously one of the best books I've ever read. It had me in turn laughing and crying, my heart aching for all the characters involved.

Max is a kid who has it all: he's popular, athletic, has a great family and the perfect girlfriend. Then, in an instant his life changes.

JD is the opposite of Max in luck. Overweight and bullied, both at school and at home, JD's only bright spot in life is his friend Izzy.

Max and JD's lives become inexorably intertwined, and for the first time in his life Max is forced to understand what it is to "walk a mile" in JD's shoes.

This book gripped me from the first page and refused to let go until I'd read all the way to the end. The ending isn't all flowers and sunshine, either. It's real. Like life. But I promise you won't be disappointed.

Gammon's writing is full of humor, sorrow, realism, and pulls you into places you might not want to go, but will be happy you did when all is said and done. I HIGHLY recommend this book!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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