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A Spark Before the Fire
by Mima. (Goodreads Author)
Jimmy Groome never really believed that his life was worth anything. An overweight and unpopular teen, it takes a suicide attempt to bring a traumatic childhood experience into sharp focus. With some encouragement from family and a counselor, Jimmy picks up a guitar and it quickly becomes obvious that he has a natural talent. After losing weight and joining a band, Jimmy ...more
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published October 24th 2011 by iUniverse.com
(first published October 1st 2011)
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What I found most interesting about this book was the opportunity to follow Jimmy on his journey from grade five through the heady years of adolescence and on past high school to find a loving relationship and a band he could believe in. As a reader I was able to experience the evolution of his character through those important years, which helped to understand why he made the choices he made. He was well drawn and finely tuned, realistically portrayed, and the author wasn't afraid to show both ...more
The premise of this story is pretty straightforward - an awkward young man gradually morphs into a rock star - but the delivery is just incredible. Mima is a heck of a writer: she sucks you into the story as easily as if you were in this young man's skin, feeling all those familiar pains of growing up. But this is no gushy teenage story: the main character's trials are dark and difficult. He struggles with trauma, low self worth, isolation, despair, numbness, and all kinds of rebellion before ...more
Canadian author Mima is known for complicated and diverse characters, her dark style and for never shying away from controversial topics. Go to her website to learn more about the author, read interviews, reviews and more!More about Mima....