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Graceful Waters

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  226 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Joanna Carey, senior instructor at Sapling Hill wasn't looking for anything more than completing one more year at the facility and getting that much closer to her private dream, a small cabin on a quiet lake. She was tough, smart and she had a plan for her life.

When tough Instructor Carey meets angry and disillusioned Grace Waters, neither is prepared for what comes next
Paperback, 312 pages
Published September 24th 2003 by BookEnds Press
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The first two thirds of this book was really good. It was about a 17 year old troublemaking girl who ends up in a boot camp for girls. She's gay. She grows up and matures and deals with some really wicked abuse. It was well-written. A great story.

The last third of the book wasn't as good. I felt that the relationship between the girl and the instructor was too forced. It was all right for her to have a crush on the lady, but it seemed like the author forced it to be a relationship. Too bad, 'cau
Terry Baker
Aug 01, 2013 Terry Baker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After assaulting a teacher, Seventeen year old juvenile delinquent, Grace Waters, is sent to Sapling Hill, a boot camp for out of control teenagers. Grace isn’t at all bothered by the judges sentence, thinking that Sapling Hill will be a breeze. She soon finds out just how wrong she can be.

Joanna Carey, (Carey) is the senior instructor in charge at Sapling Hill. She sees potential in Grace and in turn tries her best to help her. Before Carey can help Grace though, Grace has to help herself. This
The first 2/3rds of this book read like a 4+ star review and then it all changed. The pacing went from 1-100. It was a series of rushed events that felt pretty meh and either awkward or cheesy or both. I was disappointed with Grace's behaviour; she grew so much through the first chunk of the book, but then became a desperate and sometimes bizarre character - that just didn't fit.
I feel like there was a path the authors wanted these characters to follow beyond one novel so they hashed it out and
Julie Garner
Aug 23, 2015 Julie Garner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read this book a number of times. It is my all time favourite. This is the book that I was trying to write as a teenage but didn't have the courage to finish - I took the easy way out. Touching book about love and the barriers that we sometimes need to break through. Thank you for giving me my story :)
Apr 12, 2014 Barbro-Katrin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this! Thought it would be tragic. But there was a slow build up and really good written! This is the first time I've left a review, and this book really deserves it all the starts it gets
Jul 25, 2015 Erica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like long stories that gives you the opportunity to see the character grow, and this book absolutely does it, quite the unexpected love story! Touching.
Oct 09, 2010 Gloria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Novel is a Must Read by one of my favorite authors!
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