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  • The Bad, The Good and Two Fly Fishing Women, and a Life-Changing Day on a River on May 16, 2011

    Review found at http://www.nightlyreading.wordpresss.com Randy had emailed me to ask if I would review this story for him, normally, I enjoy paranormal YA, but I decided "sure" . The story was a short read, although, longer than a short story. The story is told in the first person by Amanda, the main character. She is remembering back to her childhood when her mother had left and her grandmother had stayed with them. The story was mainly about one day in particuliar, June 21st. Amanda's mother was an addict and her parents use to fight all the time. Her mother eventually left without telling where she was going or how to contact her. Amanda had blamed herself thinking that she had done something wrong. Her grandfather had passed away and her grandmother decided to move in and help take care of her. Amanda's family are really into fly fishing and have passed the love for it down to her. Her grandmother teaches her everything she knows. Eventually Amanda's grandmother falls ill with cancer. The rest of the story focuses on one day that Amanda had probably learned more about life in than any other day. It shows her feelings and tells of different characters that she interacts with on this day. This was a lovely read. It focused on the love of family and how the love of a shared activity can bring a family together and help their memory to live on. Thank you to Randy for sharing this story with me!
  • Shattered Soul on July 28, 2011

    I had started this book and did not stop until finished. Since it is a short read, it only took me a couple of hours, but I was addicted to finishing the story of Seth and Ali. I had wanted to read this book for a while now and once I had it in my hot little hands, I could not resist temptation. I had to start it. The Storyline….. I can only sum up this story in one word….gripping! Ms. Snyder took a story and wove it into one that anyone could understand. You did not have to be an addict to feel for the characters. These are occurrences that happen every day around the world. Probably more often than we know or hear of. I just could not put this book down once I started reading. The Characters….. Really this story saddened me as I watched these characters that could be so full of life, wither away to nothing and waste their lives away to feel a chemical happiness. I loved Seth. As much as he seemed like a coward, he really was stronger than he gave himself credit for. Ali was so sweet and pure that it made me wonder if people really do get hooked that easily? In Conclusion….. This was a heartbreaking read for me, it really hits home when you have an addict in the family. So many nights waiting and wondering where they are or what they were doing. This book literally left me in tears and the ending will shock you. This is not your typical addiction story since both the main characters are addicts and it was interesting to see how quickly things change when one addict is trying to sober up and the other is going off the deep end!