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Interrupted: A Life Beyond Words

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  398 ratings  ·  177 reviews
Can love really heal all things? If Sam Carroll hadn t shown up, she might have been able to get to her mother in time. Instead, Allie Everly finds herself at a funeral, mourning the loss of her beloved mother. She is dealt another blow when, a few hours later, she is sent from Tennessee to Maine to become the daughter of Miss Beatrice Lovell, a prim woman with a faith All ...more
Hardcover, 247 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Zondervan (first published February 14th 2012)
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Peggy Martinez
I received "Interrupted: A life beyond words" as an ARC from the publisher in the mail a few hours ago, & YES I am finished with it already! It was THAT good.

First of all, I love the cover! A pretty young lady with a hand written poetry in the background really captures the essence of the book.

Secondly, I truly loved this book!

Interrupted is a wonderfully written novel about a girl named Alcyone, aka Allie, growing up in the WWII era. Her story is a truly heartbreaking one filled with the
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Giselle at Book Nerd Canada
Allie finds herself being the provider and care taker of her sick mother. She learned to grow up so fast and I can’t help but admire her strength and courage. She loved her mother with all her heart and when her mother does from her illness she is brought to live with Beatrice. An eccentric wealthy Christian woman whom Allie has no affinity to call her “mother.” As she grows up, she befriends Charlie, a tenacious Southern Belle who becomes her best friend. Things start to change for Allie when h ...more
Pretty in Fiction
This review was originally posted on Pretty In Fiction.

Allie is a troubled young girl. Taking care of a sick mother while she's dying, being sent away to Maine directly after the funeral. She had a right to be troubled. But she hangs on to her pain so strongly. She won't allow people in. Won't allow anyone to see her pain for what it is. She pushes everyone in her life away. It was frustrating to see how she hurt everyone who loved her away just by being distant.

I was not at all a fan of how col
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Rachelle Rea
What I Loved

I loved the emotions that leaped off the page. This book made me feel. Sorry for Allie. Sorrow for her loss. Hurt for how hurt she felt. Happy-but-almost-afraid-to-feel-happy when Sam made her laugh at the beach in that first sweet scene after they're reunited and she figures out where she knows him from.

I also loved that although, yes, author Rachel Coker is seventeen years old, her style is mature. Not just for her age, either. Mature, period, in a grab-my-heart-glue-my-hands-to-th
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Becky
Disclaimers - 1. I won this ARC. 2. I usually shy away from any books with religious tones.

I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put the book down once Sam came back into the story again. The 'coming to god' part of the story wasn't preachy, and it was blended very smoothly. It didn't feel rushed or fake either. It was a huge part of Allie's growth as a character, yet it didn't diminish or overshadow the rest of what was going on in the book.

I loved the overall story and the characters. I even
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Keren Hughes
I came across this book whilst browsing the catalogue on Net Galley. It sounded unlike anything I had read before so I sent the publisher my request for it. Let me tell you, I am very glad I did. This story was indeed unlike anything I have read previously. It stands apart from the normal YA books that I read.
I knew going into this book that the author Rachel Coker is only young, 15 years old I believe. But what I didn't expect was how maturely and beautifully a woman so young could write. I was
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Vanessa Booke
Interrupted: A life Beyond Words is a heart-breaking story about a young girl from Tennessee named Allie, who's forced to uproot her life when her mother passes from brain cancer. The story flowed smoothly and I loved that it was told from Allie's point of view. From the beginning you really get a sense of the struggle that Allie is faced with as she cares for her mother up until her death. The relationship between Allie and Sam is incredibly sweet and it was fun to watch it grow into something ...more
Jennifer
I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this book. It was a quick read, I felt like I was breezing my way through it. I enjoyed that it was historical fiction and it is well written, but maybe I somehow missed the hint that it was a religious book? It actually didn't seem very religious until the end, so that was ok. But it made it seem like you can't be happy without being religious. Well, I'm happy enough in my life I think, but I'm not a Christian, I'm not an Atheist either though. So I just r ...more
Ashlie
What makes this review so remarkable, and it shouldn't, is that the book was fabulous (I cried almost entirely through chapters 2-5), but it was written by a 16 year old girl. When she was 14. MIND=BLOWN.

Why does it astound me that Rachel Coker could have written this book at such a young age? I don't know, but she is awesome and I loved this book. It was the type of book where not every single, tiny detail was meshed out, but there were tiny gaps here and there, intentionally left to mark an ex
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Anna
Thank you to netgalley and the world of ARC for giving me the privilege to read the story.

I kinda feel conflicted about the story just as the protagonist on her feelings. It began quite good and it had me hooked then through out. I see that this was a fast read, finished in no more than I usually do.

The story, as I realize, has potential but had failed to actually elaborate on its sub-plots which made it a bit "lacking". I was expecting more talk regarding the war since that was clearly stated
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Amber Stokes
With lovely imagery and a running theme of the power of poetry, Interrupted has a lot of heart! The story offers a journey through grief and difficult questions - starting with the intensely individual and then broadening out to some of the issues surrounding World War II.

Allie is a frustrating character - one who is wonderful for displaying the necessity and beauty of grace. In her sorrow over the loss of her mother and her home she lashes out at others around her, constantly withdrawing from t
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Nina
I had barely heard Interrupted mentioned before I requested it on Netgalley, but there was just something about the summary that made me interested. (Probably the mention of WWII. What can I say, I adore love stories set during times of war.) Then I found out that Rachel Coker, the author, was only fourteen years old when she completed Interrupted!

The first thing that struck me with Interrupted was the setting. The story starts out in Tennessee in 1939, and moves on to Maine in 1943-45. Both set
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Juhina
I went into Interrupted by Rachel Coker with NO expectations whatsoever, I didn't even know it was historical fiction until I started it when I got "The Notebook" vibe and it was addicting! I loved how carefree and realistic it was, even though the protagonist, Allie loses her mother and gets adopted and taken away from her hometown the day after her mother's funeral. We deal with tragic and sad situations, but at the same time we do not lose the reality of things.

The book is set in more than a
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Reena Jacobs
This review also posted July 9, 2012 on Ramblings of an Amateur Writer: http://wp.me/pPz8s-2xJ

What can I say? The story line was interesting enough to keep me engaged. It wasn't a book I spent hours reading at night, but it also didn't take me a month like other books. More the middle of the road type of read which kept me just interested enough to keep going.

I have to say, I wasn't overly fond of the main character. She was quite unlovable, even before her mother died. Though it was noted as a
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Chayse Sundt
This is the first Historical Christian book that I have had the chance to review. I wasn't sure what to expect when diving into its pages. I didn't know how this book was to be written, but in the end I enjoyed it.

Allies' mom, I am sorry to say, was a little crazy sometimes. Although it was sad when she died, part of me wanted to shed some tears for her but the other part was asking "why?" With Allie, I could understand some of the stuff that she was going through but other than that I found her
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Cait Grace
This book is like honeycomb. Sweet, gooey, full of broken characters – and loooots of awkward holes. Also, like honeycomb, it’s nice but pointless.

I didn’t mind the book, per say, but I didn’t connect with it. Connecting with a book is kind of important for me, I admit, but (to quote Miss Beatrice, “as I always say”) that’s a pretty narrow opinion. You should read this book for yourself before you decide if it’s pointless.

The writing is good! It’s clunky and could be tightened in places, but i
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Jamie
I went into this book being completely unaware that it was Christian historical fiction so I was a little surprised when I started reading but that was my own fault for not researching more. Sometimes I like to start a book and just be surprised though and this book didn't disappoint!

Allie's mom drove me a little crazy. It was sad when she died but I definitely wasn't shedding any tears. Allie herself had her moments where I had to grit my teeth because she had a way of coming off as abrasive a
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Margaret
this was such an amazing book. definitely deserves 5 stars! i cant even describe how emotional and heartwarming this book was. id recommend this book to all! :)
Melanie
Review on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/review/RMQROE64...
Review on my blog (to be posted 8/12): http://christianbookshelfreviews.blog...

Interrupted is the first book I've read by Rachel Coker and it was so good! I enjoy reading WWII novels, but I've never read a YA set during that time before.

Parts of the story were so sad and I felt for Allie as she went through painful experiences. Then there were moments that were beautiful and sweet -- especially the ones with Sam. I really liked Sam and ho
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Amariah Dixon
Rating: 3 1/2 stars

This book was recommended to me by a friend. I began it a while back, but put it down because it did not capture my attention. Plus the beginning was rather depressing. I tried a second time about a year ago. Still didn't really appeal to me. I finally got myself to read it a few weeks ago. I had researched the author's journey to being published and that inspired me to read her book. I'm impressed by the writing. I think the author is quite talented. And it was compelling eno
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Cindy
(Written by a homeschooled Christian teenager). This was a really beautifully done sketch of the mother and daughter, and how the daughter fulfills her mother's wish that she become a writer and happy. Her mother is a unique and lovely woman who was deeply hurt and becomes reclusive. Allie has to take care of her as she becomes ill. The boy, Sam, is a sweet and constant presence. Once her mother dies when she is 13, she is adopted and moves from Tennessee to Maine. It is a difficult transition a ...more
Charlie
Wonderful book. Even reading it for the second time, I couldn't put it down and was literally reading all day (trying not to think of all the other things on my list I had to do ;)). Definitely one I'll read yet again.
Rachael Coker is a wonderful author, she reminds me slightly of myself.
Grace Jones
This book was amazing! I really liked it. I will definitely be recommending this to anybody in need of a good book! It was just wow! I'm going to try Rachel Coker's other book Chasing Jupiter. I would say the age limit to read this book would be 11-12+

This book is about a girl named Alycone (Allie) who's mother dies and she is forced to move to Maine. Allie must figure out if the God of her adopted mother is real or not. As Allie struggles thru life she finds new friends, healing and romance.

At
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Mikayla
Just read this for the third time today, its still just as awesome as the first. =D
Majanka
Book Review originally published here: http://www.iheartreading.net/mini-rev...

Allie, our main character, isn’t very pleasant. After losing her mother, she becomes a bitter, sometimes even cruel person. Even when Sam, and old childhood friend movies in, and slowly, Allie lets her guard down. She no longer hates christianity, and with World War II raging around them, the world has begun to change, and so has Allie. While the book isn’t very upbeat, it does have a happy ending and was overall enjo
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“Can love really heal all things? If Sam Carroll hadn’t shown up, she might have been able to get to her mother in time. Instead, Allie Everly finds herself at a funeral, mourning the loss of her beloved mother. She is dealt another blow when, a few hours later, she is sent from Tennessee to Maine to become the daughter of Miss Beatrice Lovell, a prim woman with a faith Allie cannot accept. Poetry and letters written to her mother become the only things keeping Allie s heart from
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Courtney (Storybook Slayers)
More reviews at Rondo of a Possible World: YA Book Reviews

When the only parent you have left leaves you, the one you love so dear, the one that holds all your memories, what is there left to hold onto?

Allie Everly is a character who grows stronger and stronger in my eyes and Rachel Coker gives her breathtaking debut novel a outstandingly remarkable and memerable character to watch grow over the years from the cracks of heartbreak and bloom in the hands of a mother she never wanted, a mother w
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Paula  Phillips
It always fascinates me when authors are published that are younger than me as in a way somebody reminded me today that even though I don't write fiction , I am still a writer as I continue to write reviews etc. I find though that when young ones are published, it's such an achievement on their behalf as the journey to writing the book is a long one filled with research, writing, editing, re-writes etc.
Interrupted takes us on a journey to the year 1925 , where we are introduced to the main char
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Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading)
Historical, Christian fiction---one of my favorite genres! I went into Interrupted with very little expectations, as I had forgotten what the story was about from the time I accepted the review copy to the time I finally got to sit down and read. I like when I can go into a book totally open-minded.

My husband asked me, "What book are you reading?" I answered him, telling him about the book, and he said, "What, no werewolves, aliens, futuristic setting, dystopia, or vampires? I didn't know you st
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Robin Conley
3.5 stars

I won this book in a First Reads Giveaway on Goodreads, and when I first started reading it I was curious to see where it would go. Before I write my review I'd like to say I don't mind religion in novels in general, and my problem with this novel is not with the presence of religion, my problem is when the novel stops being about the story and becomes about preaching and sending a message. I think the best novels with religion or religious messages are the ones that are done subtly, an
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Rachel Coker resides in Virginia with her parents and two sisters. She has a passion for great books, and has been surrounded by them all her life. Her gift for writing became apparent at the age of eleven, at which time her parents signed her up for a year of lessons with a professional writing coach. Rachel also has a deep love for classical music and old black-and-white movies. When she is not ...more
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“I tried to smile back. Now, don't get me wrong. Sam Carroll wasn't a creep or a bully or anything. It's just that he was... well, he was Sam Carroll, for goodness' sake. I'd only known him for forever and he'd only followed me around for even longer.” 16 likes
“I licked my sugary, lemonade-soaked lips and leaned my head against the porch post. The sky was bluer than the ocean- a light, jewel-toned blue. What would it be like to wear a necklace made of sky stones? I tossed the idea around in my mind, smiling to myself. 5 likes
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