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Interrupted: Life Beyond Words

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  550 ratings  ·  199 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 Alli
Hardcover, 247 pages
Published March 11th 2012 by Zondervan (first published February 14th 2012)
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Amariah Dixon It's basically just the background. It's talked about by the characters and some of them go to war. It doesn't dominate the story, but it does play a…moreIt's basically just the background. It's talked about by the characters and some of them go to war. It doesn't dominate the story, but it does play a somewhat bigger part toward the end.(less)

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My rating: 5 stars
(This review is terribly overdue. Oh well.)

*jaw drops* This book was SO AMAZING!!!! Wow. I just loved it. From start to finish (which was like one day) it was super good. Because I can't seem to make all the feels come out in a legit sounding review, here's a list of amazing things I loved in this book. :)

- Alcyone's name. SO PRETTY!! I didn't know how to pronounce it properly until Miss Beatrice was spellin' it out to the school-secretary.
- Sam. I loved him from the beginn
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is probably the twentieth time I've read this book, not exaggerating. :) I've been in a book slump and an old favorite is just the thing to get me inspired to read again. I have so much love for this one!!
Ashley Bogner
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
I have one word to describe this book.


The poetic writing, the powerful redemptive story, the sweet romance….I think Rachel Coker’s Interrupted is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. I found Interrupted on sale at the Christian bookstore, and I’m glad I bought it!

Interrupted is about a teenage girl, Allie, whose mom dies of cancer. With both of her parents now gone, Allie has no other family to stay with. The teenager is adopted by a wealthy older woman. But her new gu
Peggy Martinez
Mar 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
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
Wow. Simply wow. Rachel Coker weaved so many truths in this story- dealing with bereavement, understanding and accepting those who love you, not hardening your heart towards others, the power of faith and many more. I definitely would recommend this to literally anyone I meet.
{4.5 stars}

So, so sweet. Soooo good!

There are many books I've read that I have a lot of high expectations, but this one I never really did. Most reviews I've seen are really good, yet on the flip side I considered the fact that I might not like it.

But at the first page I was hooked. The interaction of Allie, her mom, and Sam just made me emotionally attached from the beginning. Poor, poor Allie. The first part wasn't very long, but it adds a part of the story that is relevant for the rest of t
Pretty in Fiction
Mar 02, 2012 rated it liked it
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
An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.

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 “mo
Rebekah Tooley
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it

I enjoyed this book. It was short and sweet and was not totally focused on romance. The writing style made me feel distant from the characters ... hence the low rating.
Rachelle Cobb
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful. That's how I would describe this book.

The Good
Basically I couldn't stay away, the characters were cool, the plot was nice, the time period was perfect and somehow Rachel managed to pull off time jumps that didn't seem choppy. The writing was so lovely and I loved how she put a Emily Dickinson poem at the beginning of every chapter! (And if I were rating this on cover it would get a 10000%) I know you're not really supposed to like her mom but I did a bit, mainly when she talked about
My thoughts: Content-wise, it was completely clean. I just didn't like the main character, and found the writing slightly irritating to be honest. I felt like too much happened too fast, and there wasn't enough of a visible character change. It felt abrupt. So...not really a fan of this one. *dodges tomatoes*
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
Chloé W.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My Rating: 5 Stars

My Review

The beginning of the story (1939) is set in the rolling hills of Tennessee, but the majority of the story (1943-'45) is set in Maine. I loved the different descriptions of the beautiful coast!

Alcyone 'Allie' (Everly? Lovell? Carroll?) is our...interesting MC. I enjoyed her character arc; it was refreshing and something I hadn't particularly read before. Then we have Sam Carroll. Oh my goodness, this boy! This is one of the sweetest, most kind-he
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes sweet, clean romance
Shelves: 2017-favorites
I absolutely loved this book! I can't help but give it five stars simply because it was sweet, and fun, and beautiful.

The plot itself is fairly simple, centered around World War 2 but not overly focused on the war. The book is definitely more character-driven, and the characters are so well-developed! Each one has depth. Even the giggling, flippant friend and the awkward, unwanted suitor are given sympathetic traits and aren't shallow, even though they easily could be.

The romance is so sweet-
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
WOW! This book was GOOD! I cannot believe she was only fourteen when she wrote this-it's amazing! Check out my full review here: http://writingchristiannovels.blogspo...
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Whoa- what an incredibly sweet book. It made me cry a couple of times, and I ended up liking it a lot more than I thought I would (though to be honest I generally hate books that make me cry xP).
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
Feb 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, own
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
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Reena Jacobs
Feb 29, 2012 rated it liked it
This review also posted July 9, 2012 on Ramblings of an Amateur Writer:

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
Recommend for: Those who like YA fiction, well written book seekers, those looking for a thought provoking read, clean fiction lovers

I was very excited about receiving this book to do a review on. This was my first ARC, my first review book, as well as my first traditionally published book by a homeschooler. This book had a lot to live up to, and it did not disappoint.

Rachel Coker has an engaging style of writing, one that lets you feel what the character feels. Even though Allie and I are nothi
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, review
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
Feb 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Amber Stokes
Jan 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 16, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Written Melodies
Apr 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Written Melodies by: ZStreet
Review originally posted at http://whatstheword-saywhaaat.blogspo....

While reading Interrupted, I thought of Estella of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations. Both Allie and Estella were taught at an early age to barricade their hearts from others. Both were robbed of a childhood free of righting the wrongs inflicted upon their caregivers. Notwithstanding Allie's and Estella's similar yet different upbringing, Allie fared a better ending.

Oh, the innocence, the innocence, of Allie's and Sam's rela
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: won, first-reads
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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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
“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.” 19 likes
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