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Harbor Roe, an English teacher, completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Minnesota. She resides in Minneapolis with her husband and three children. Roe is currently writing the sequel to her first novel, While Seeking Dragonflies.
on Aug. 11, 2013 :
Okay, let me start off by saying this is not my type of genre. I don’t particularly like this type of book—I prefer romance and fantasy and things with happy endings. I read this book as a favor to a friend, so I didn’t exactly know what I was getting myself into.
Matthew is a complete and total jerk. I hated him, I hated his actions, I hated his constant lies and his constant ego. I realize that this was precisely the point of the book, to make us hate him. He is not the good guy in this story, he is the bad guy.
Teagan is naïve. There is no other word for her. She is naïve and she is—at times—a pushover. I found myself constantly trying to tell her not to do the things she did. I’d be shaking my head saying “Don’t do it. Don’t do it!” She didn’t listen. I realize that this was also the point of the book. Teagan is a typical girl who believes the best in people. She’d do things for the sole purpose of it being something that she thinks the others want. She doesn’t like conflict. Don’t we all?
The whole point of the book is to warn people of abusive behavior, and to tell them to leave while they can. (At least that’s what I gathered). It achieved its purpose. I definitely know now to stay away from people exhibiting controlling, abusive behavior.
Do I recommend people read this book? Yes. It has a good message and it is something women and men should read to understand that this is everything you should stay away from.
Did I like the book? Not particularly. As I said, it isn’t my type of genre. It was good, yes, but it didn’t have the happy ending I craved for.
The only person I really liked in this book was Guthrie. He was sweet, kind, and he actually had a bit of common sense. Oh, and Teagan’s mother was nice too.
As the blurb says, this book is stark and realistic and it definitely ends realistic way. But I also hope that in the sequel Matthew gets what’s coming to him. (Does this mean I’ll be reading the sequel? Maybe.)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Aug. 04, 2013 :
A very thought provoking book about a topic which should be discussed with every young girl. Harbor Roe details the behavior characteristics to watch for in an abusive relationship-both physical and emotional.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)