This incredible story begins with a bang and does not let up! Page one introduces us to Jordan, a 15 year old crystal meth addict who had not only dit...moreThis incredible story begins with a bang and does not let up! Page one introduces us to Jordan, a 15 year old crystal meth addict who had not only ditched rehab, she JUST gave birth to a baby (also hooked on meth) on her dirty mattress. Immediately I was overwhelmed with emotions, good and bad. Knowing this was a fictional girl did not stop me from thinking some pretty harsh thoughts about her and her choices. Like I said- this book attacks all of your senses from page 1.
I should also point out this is book 2 of 3 in the “Intervention” series by Mrs.Blackstock. I had not known book 1 existed, but that is ok. This book stands well enough on it’s own. It has a few passing mentions of a big event in book 1, not enough to spoil or throw the story off though. However I am going to read book 1 very shortly.
Jordan is a main character that shares the spotlight with another teenaged addict, Emily Covington. Same age, same rehab. That is where all of the characters lives intertwine. The rehab both girls attended together. Fortunately Emily stayed the entire year and got her life back on track. Shortly before her graduation, when an addict is at their most vulnerable, is when Jordan has her baby and drags Emily’s family into a whirlwind ride, that challenges all of them to their very core.
While the storyline could be considered harsh and tragic the author did not tell it using graphic & obscene content. It gets the point across,loud and clear, tastefully. I know that may sound funny to some, but I feel it was important that she did that. This book is a phenomenal tale of the dangers of addiction and how it creeps into the hearts and souls of everyone around the addict. I believe many young people would benefit from it and the fact she told this story the way she did leaves it open for young people (16 on up, maybe 15. Parental discretion) to read.
Lance (Emily’s 15 y.o. brother) may be a little too smart for his age. A year of learning about addiction via family groups at the rehab gives Lance the confidence he needs to rush out and save Jordan. While visiting his own sister he came to know Jordan and developed a friendship with the pregnant, fragile, young girl. Her running away from rehab hurt him as much as it hurt Jordan herself. Going to check on her at her home he discovers not only her baby had been born, but her Mother & Brother (also addicts, got Jordan hooked) have developed a truly evil plan for Jordan's baby.
Lance is trying to save Jordan & her drug addicted newborn against all odds, from addiction and the people who want to profit off of addictions pain and misery.
I loved how the author shows us addiction from both sides of the track, those who seek and struggle with sobriety and those who have yet to hit rock bottom. She teaches us how fragile an addict is, at any age, and how easy it is to get the “F it’s” and go back to their drug of choice. Dealing with life on life's terms is not easy for anyone. When you have a little “helper” to help you along- why deal with it NOW?
Choices. All of the characters in this book have choices. Some easy, some not so. All of them, even the seemingly right ones often have consequences. It seems 15 year old Jordan has all of the cards stacked against her. Even with people like Lance and Emily in her corner, it is still all too easy to turn back to drugs. Then there is Grace, the newborn born on Jordan’s dirty mattress. What will become of her? Jordan wants her with a loving adoptive family, Jordan’s family wants something different.
Along with the drama of the addiction issues, there is a lot of action in this story. I was highly impressed with how the author handles the subject matter. It would have been easy to fall into a preachy and judgmental tone, and she blessedly did not. She lays it all out there for us, pulls no punches. Has no need to exaggerate. It is then up to us to look into ourselves. How would we deal if a Jordan or Emily were in our lives?
I have to say if I wanted someone to read a book about what addiction does to people and their loved ones, I would have NO hesitation in handing them this very book to read. How she managed to blend that and the action,love,friendship,etc. into it and make it good is beyond me. Talent, pure and simple.
Time for me to post this review, get book 1, get some cold ice t (it is 95 degrees here, again), and get back to reading! Let me know what you’re reading now & how your summer is going so far.(less)
REVIEW This book interested me for a few reasons. A few are personal, and one of them was because I saw the name Maia Szalavitz in the "For More Info"...more
REVIEW This book interested me for a few reasons. A few are personal, and one of them was because I saw the name Maia Szalavitz in the "For More Info" section. I have spoken to Maia on a few occasions and am a huge fan of her work. She works tirelessly for children. She is an advocate for children sent to these schools all over the USA (and world) known as "Therapeutic Boarding Schools". They are basically centers of emotional, verbal, and sometimes physical abuse disguised as boarding schools offering therapy. What goes on in these places to kids from 10-19 is reprehensible and sadly, legal. One of the biggest perpetrators of these crimes against children was shut down in the last year. A group of ex students got together and decided to save other children from the severe abuse they were put through.
To me this book was excellent. It was not about vampires or fairies. It was about teenagers. Real life. It is fiction but so much of it could be real. These kids are kids we could know, have known, or walk by on the street. Aubrey shed the light on a real issue, very few know about, in a way that keeps people entertained and curious to learn more. I loved the strength of the characters in this story. They stuck to their guns despite what the consequences would and could be. I was very surprised to learn how young Aubrey Colleti is now and was when she began working on this story. Her writing shows a depth and insight I rarely see from one so young. I wished I would of interviewed her. She blended real life and something..special into her characters. I personally love a lot of these YA books that are set in boarding schools. They never fail to entertain and leave me wanting more. Her style took a bit of getting used to. I wished for more description. I wanted to be totally immersed in certain scenes and I wasn't. It was tad bit disappointing. It was not enough to take my interest away however. I love a tale that makes you think, makes you want to take action, makes you mad, glad, sad, etc. This book has all of the above. I am beyond excited to read book 2 in this series. I want to see where these characters I grew to love end up. (less)
this book was fabfabfabulous! if you ever want a diff perspective on the entire pro life/pro choice battle without being talked at or bored to tears r...morethis book was fabfabfabulous! if you ever want a diff perspective on the entire pro life/pro choice battle without being talked at or bored to tears read this! good for middle schoolers on up. will make u think, spark intelligent debate, excite and get u interested. not boring, not graphic, does not takes sides. engaging. (less)