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Heart on a Chain

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  15,644 Ratings  ·  970 Reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 322 pages
Published January 15th 2011 (first published December 22nd 2010)
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Nov 15, 2011 Alex rated it did not like it
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Jan 10, 2012 Sita rated it it was amazing
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
Nicole Williams
Jun 14, 2011 Nicole Williams rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 28, 2012 ✿Alyssa✿ rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star
This review was posted at My Secret Romance

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
Oct 10, 2015 Amanda rated it it was amazing
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
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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
Aestas Book Blog
Sep 10, 2012 Aestas Book Blog rated it really liked it
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
Alexis *Reality Bites*
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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
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
Feb 06, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most heart breaking books I've read. Going through the emotional and gripping journey with Kate was an experience. I found myself telling her to fight back and stand up for herself so many times through out the book. Despite all the heart wrenching moments in this book, there were moments that were so sweet and innocent (like the first time she sees the ocean). This is a very moving read and one that takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster. I'm thinking I need to read ...more
This was such a beautiful book. Heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time, it had me tearing up in some parts and smiling like a fool at others!
★¸. • * ° * ༺*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
Sep 14, 2011 Krystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 21, 2012 Tom rated it really liked it
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
Jan 20, 2015 Esther rated it it was amazing
Just... Wow! Such a beautiful and heartbreaking book. I cried like a baby reading this story, you spend the book in emotional highs and lows.

I like the character development of Kate. She is strong and brave, and has a great capacity to keep going and forgive.

Henry is the perfect guy that any girl in this world wants, it’s impossible to find fault to him. He is sweet and real, and his family is amazing.

Totally recommended!
Not a review. Just a reminder

Nov 15, 2011 Alex

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Jul 20, 2013 Akanksha❤ Søren♰ rated it really liked it
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!
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
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
Vicki Keire
Jul 10, 2011 Vicki Keire rated it it was amazing
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
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Jun 22, 2011 Jenny - TotallybookedBlog rated it really liked it
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
Jennifer Kyle
Jul 11, 2014 Jennifer Kyle rated it it was amazing
Keep Swinging Kate!

Holding a scared little boy's hand to enter kindergarten and having that hand hold yours when you needed it most! Wow I loved Henry's love for Kate from the valentine to reappearing in her life and never taking no for answer! Great story of survivial, forgiveness and Love!
Lara Moore
May 30, 2012 Lara Moore rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 31, 2014 Ails rated it it was amazing
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*)

Aug 18, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 28, 2012 My Book Friend rated it it was amazing
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
J *I did it all for the nookie.The book nookie*
This one was definitely a 4 to 4.5 Star book. Though it was incredibly SAD! One of the first books I really balled like a baby reading. But the story was so touching and your heart just broke for the main character. I was sucked in from the beginning and never let go. Definitely recommend.
Tina Reber
Jul 30, 2011 Tina Reber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been a long time since a novel brought me to tears. I cried like a baby reading this story. Highly recommend.
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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.” 66 likes
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