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Heart on a Chain

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17-year-old Kate has lived her whole life in abject poverty, with an alcoholic father and drug-addicted mother, who severely abuses Kate. At school, her second-hand clothing marks her as a target. Her refusal to stand up for herself makes her the recipient of her classmates taunts and bullying. That is, until Henry returns.

Henry Jamison moved away six years earlier, just...more
Kindle Edition, 322 pages
Published January 15th 2011 (first published December 22nd 2010)
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Sita Sargeant
Heart on a chain is such a beautiful book, let me just start by saying that I rarely ever cry during books. I cried reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and that was about it. I am not saying that I never cry. I cry. I cried watching despicable me, for goodness sake. I saw it in the theatres and my friend was silently laughing while these silent tears rolled down my cheeks. I went into a hysterical fit while watching Bambi and Dumbo.


I even laugh so hard I cry at the dinner table; yep I’m a cr...more
Here's the deal: This is an unapologetically heart-wrenching, romantic story. If you aren't in the mood for either of those, wait until you are. Ms. Bennett tells Kate's story - and Henry's, since his is wrapped up so tightly with Kate's - without regard for some of the usual girl-power stuff. It isn't an easy story, as Kate suffers physical abuse at home so bad that it has become a part of her nature to allow herself to be abused. This story isn't concerned with a search for independence or alp...more
Nicole Williams
This was a book that I walked away from feeling like it had made me a better person. Heart on a Chain reminded me to stand up for those who are unable to stand up for themselves and to never judge a "girl" by her cover. Masterfully written, emotion-invoking, and a happy ending. This was book love for me.
If you feel like torturing yourself, go ahead and read this. Heart on a Chain is as heart-wrenching, gut-clenching and tear-jerking as it gets. I devoured this in almost no time; ending up a sobbing mess more than just once. Kate’s fate is awful and her story painful to read but on the other hand there are a lot of beautiful moments and Henry truly is an angel. I really enjoyed this, even if the story got a little overdramatic at times but altogether I’m glad I’ve read this.
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To sum it up: 17-year-old Kate has lived her whole life in abject poverty, with an alcoholic father and drug-addicted mother, who severely abuses Kate. At school, her second-hand clothing marks her as a target. Her refusal to stand up for herself makes her the recipient of her classmates taunts and bullying. That is, until Henry returns.

Henry Jamison moved away six years earlier, just as he and Kate had begun an to develop feelings for one another. He...more
I loved the character development and the slow reveal of what happened to the main character.

At the beginning, Kate just seems shy and meek. Eventually you find out that she has a lot of issues that she has kept hidden for such a long time.

When you feel like this poor girl just can't keep going, finally there is relief with the appearance of Henry. Henry's persistance and good nature is a welcomed sunshine into their gloomy life.

Sadly, the terror comes to a head, but Henry and his family step...more
Cindy C. Bennett, you know how to make me cry. I'm not much of a book crier, but you've made me weep through not just one book, but TWO. You have some magic button that just unleashes my tear ducts so that I find myself sobbing while reading. And then, you add these crazy-good, awwww endings that make me smile through my tears. May we have some more, please?

I devoured Cindy's book Geek Girl and couldn't stop thinking about it. Her writing and characters draw me in and make me feel like I'm prese...more
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Aestas Book Blog
A YA story about surviving child abuse, about learning that everyone is worthy of love, and about the strength of forgiveness.

Henry grew up in school with Kate. He fell in love with her on the first day of kindergarten when she befriended him, and with a big smile, made him feel welcome and since then they became best friends. Until, one summer, his family moved away.

Six years later, its the senior year of high school. With an alcoholic father who is too drunk to notice that her prescrition-dr...more
Never judge a girl by her cover. The main character, Kate, has lived with abuse her whole life. She is very resilient and strong, wonderful qualities to see in a female character. She deals with her alcoholic father and drug-addicted mother on a regular basis, sometimes coming out the worse for wear. Some might see her refusal to stand up for herself as a shame and weak, and it might be; however, Kate is also a proud character, possibly a bad trait in this situation, but it works as a character...more
Alexis *RealityBites! Let's Get Lost!*
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Genre: YA Romance
Warning- the subject matter in this book is very raw. If you can not handle reading a book with child abuse i would not suggest you read this book.

Heart on a chain is about about a young girl named Kate entering her senior year of high school. Kate's mom is a pill popper and her dad is an alcholic. Home is no fun; dad beats mom, mom beats Kate. And it's not only at home does Kate suffer but at school she is bullied by both the male and female studen...more
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Okay - I bit and I'm glad I did. This book was a GR recommendation for me based on books I've rated. It isn't typical for me to read a YA, so was skeptical, but I read the book blurb and thought about my kids and some of their freinds and decided to try it. Very glad I did.

The premise for this book is a childs courage in handling tragedy dealt by a parent. How the love of a freind can be comforting and redeeming. And, in the end, we can survive and come out on the other end, with the support of...more
Tiffany Loves Books
I'll start by saying WOW, this is an amazing read! This is truly a roller coaster of a book. You never know where the story line is going. There is absolutely nothing predictable about it. Also, you spend the book in emotional highs and lows. Although admittedly, I spent most of the book crying. It was also so romantic and I loved watching their love form and evolve.

The book was truly impossible to put down. There is something about the book that is so relatable, especially when it comes to the...more
I’m going with a very conflicted 4.5.

This is the story about Kate and Henry. They form a bond very early in life when they meet in kindergarten. Around 5th grade Henry moves away and Kate’s life is turned upside down by something more serious than his moving. Fast forward 6 years and Henry returns to find a very different Kate. She is the pariah of the school and is picked on by everyone. Henry tries to pick up as her friend but Kate’s insecurities and paranoia stunt the pace of their reunion. K...more
Vicki Keire
A remarkable piece of YA Indie fiction. This book was a bit out of my normal parameters, which lean a bit more towards the paranormal and dark fantasy, but it's been receiving rave reviews on Amazon. After reading Tabitha Suzuma's Forbidden, I've been eager to venture into some of the grittier realistic YA fiction. This novel is certainly that. I found myself in tears several times throughout the novel, and as much as I wanted to blame the novel for being over-the-top, the sad fact is that the s...more
Anesha †Curious & Obsessive Bookworm†
As his mouth comes down to mines, my heart lifts free of its burden and soars.
I'm back where I belong


It gets me so giddy just thinking about it. And gosh dangit don't I love a book that leaves me all fuzzy and warm? Sends me on a roller-coaster, demanding I experience such a simple yet powerful read?

This book gone and done it

We enter Kate, who's life is like living hell.
All Kate wants to do is be invisible. Get through high school and away from the bullying she's subjected to...more
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Wow! Thanks to my Kindle for putting me in touch with some fabulous books that I would have otherwise never found. This being one of them.
This book was everything that previous reviewers have said so I can't really add much else, except to say - don't judge a book by it's cover - horrible cover, but the contents were outstanding.
The whole story was sad and uplifting.
The characters were wonderful and I couldn't put this book down.
So, stop reading this review and download this book now!!! You will...more
Akanksha❤ Søren♰
How I wish Henry was REAL!
Damn, I fell in love with him, Hard.

Sometimes I wish for a wand that with which I could make book characters I like real.. lol

Beautifully written, the story and plot was amazing.. I found some things tooooo over hyped, but it was still not irritating. The book is emotions and dept! Loved it.
The mother was a psychopath!! Like seriously woman, fucking crazy much!?
Father was a fool.
Henry's family was just EPIC!! Loved them!
Aug 31, 2014 Ails rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ails by: Jan Bethel
Shelves: contemporary
Aghhh I'm sorry it's been a long time since I gave full reviews. I'm having a very busy term in school (I barely have time to read books! *sobs*)

★¸. • * ° * Blanka*°°*•.¸. ♥★
Tissues are needed for this one

17-year-old Kate has lived her whole life in abject poverty, with an alcoholic father and drug-addicted mother, who severely abuses Kate. At school, her second-hand clothing marks her as a target. Her refusal to stand up for herself makes her the recipient of her classmates taunts and bullying. That is, until Henry returns. Henry Jamison moved away six years earlier, just as he and Kate had begun to develop feelings for one another. He returns to find the bright, f...more
Amazing, Amazing, Amazing book! Me being a single mom have no clue how a mother could EVER hit their child just the thought of it breaks my heart. although even though I feel that way I love how they made it the mom instead of the dad because to me, at least is uncommon. But when the dad would come home drunk and stand outside Kate's door my stomach would clench and I'd think stay out, stay out, stay out. I think he did it because he felt so bad for Kate that he would stand there and think how m...more
My Book Friend
Kate's life used to be normal, but now it's not. She is constantly bullied at school, and then comes home to a mom who is a drug-addict, and a father whose best friend is alcohol.

After moving away for 6 years, Henry is shocked by what he finds when he returns. The girl who he had a crush on since he left is now completely different- and not in a good way. The more Henry tries to become friends with Kate- the more she pushes him away, what he doesn't know, is that it is out of fear.

When I read...more
Lara Moore
I've never cried so much reading a book. There were times I couldn't even breathe. I loved Henry, and Kate is such a powerful character. It breaks my heart to know this going on all over the world. How can people be so cruel.
Tina Reber
It's been a long time since a novel brought me to tears. I cried like a baby reading this story. Highly recommend.
Just My Bucking Book Blog
**Spoilers alert**

Man, I can't even begin to explain how beautiful this book is. Seriously I was fanning my face repeatedly with my hands to stop tears from falling (Which didn't work, they fell anyway).

My heart literally ached for Kate reading what she had to go through, it really opened my eyes that children of all shapes/sizes/races/gender/ages go through this on a daily bases and it angers/saddens me so much!

Henry's love for Kate carried from when they where little up until he met her again...more
I am so glad that I decided to read this book! It is definitely a tear-jerker and heart-breaking, but it is also warm and tender.

This is clearly one of the "best" books on child abuse I've ever read. Kate and Henry have a special relationship that begins on their first day of kindergarten. The story begins with their special relationship when she comforts him as he cries when his mother leaves him in the classroom. Kate has him "hooked" from that moment. Fast forward a few years and he gives her...more

Heart On A Chain is not a light read. At all. Having never been a victim of abuse, I can't say how "accurate" all of that was portrayed in this book. However, that didn't keep this book from being emotional and heart wrenching. My heart ached for Kate. Her mother became abusive after an incident that occurred when Kate was very young. From that point forward, Kate had to deal with her mother's abuse while her father was almost never home. The times that he was home he would...more
Este libro me fascinó!!!!! Simplemente fue increíble, pasó a ser parte del top 3 de mis libros preferidos. Le doy un 5 porque no hay más que eso jajaja

La trama tocó un tema muy delicado como es la violencia doméstica de una manera real, pero también esperanzadora.

Kate fue un personaje muy sufrido, pero también muy valiente y determinado, con muchas enseñanzas que ofrecer, como por ejemplo el saber perdonar, que no siempre es fácil.

Henry es el chico ideal de cualquier chica en este mundo, o al me...more
Lindsay Paige
Nov 28, 2011 Lindsay Paige added it
Shelves: own
Interest: Synopsis
Title Thoughts: I really like it.
Cover Thoughts: I love it. We have the pretty blond by her swing set and the heart necklace...it really fits.

I really enjoyed this book and I'm glad that it was brought to my attention. Instantly I felt sympathy for Kate as I learned about her life at home and at school. When Henry returns, Kate doesn't know what to think but Henry doesn't give up easily. That is definitely shown throughout the events in the book. The contrast bet...more
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Cindy C Bennett was born and raised in beautiful Salt Lake City, growing up in the shadows of the majestic Rocky Mountains. She lives with two daughters, and three dogs. She also has two sons and two daughters-in-law. She volunteers her time working with teen girls between the ages of 12-18, all of whom she finds to be beautiful, fascinating creatures. When she’s not writing, reading or answering...more
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“This is stupid, Kate. I love you. I want to be with you. Today, tomorrow, always. And I know you love me. Tell me I’m wrong about you, about why you left me. Tell me you don’t love me.” 65 likes
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