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When the Bough Breaks

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Rachel Fletcher thought the biggest secret she'd ever have would be her crush on Jason West. But everything changes the night her father dies in a car accident--an accident she believes is all her fault. Starting high school is hard enough but carrying her secret guilt, enduring her mother's depression, and, worst of all, dealing with the alcoholism of her ...more
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Published August 23rd 2007 by Deseret Book Company
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Sep 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
What would you do if your dad’s death was your fault? When The Bough Breaks is about a teenage girl whose dad dies in a car accident as he is on his way to pick her up from her friend's house. However,before her dad left, her dad had asked her brother to go pick her up, but her brother refused. So instead of her brother dying, the dad does. She and her brother both suffer with depression because they think it is their fault that their dad died. While she uses it as a chance to improve herself, ...more
Dec 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
I loved the book "the Secret Journal of Brett Colton," so I expected to love this one as well. I didn't. It was very sad, right from the first. The girl who is trying to keep her family together does not reach out to the many other functional adults who surround her--a school counselor, religious leaders, church youth group leaders, seminary teacher, her best friend's mom, which I felt was very sad--although that may have been realistic. Still, it felt stupid when she was struggling so and ...more
Jan 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: lds
I read this with high hopes. After reading the Secret Journal of Brett Colton, I was hoping for a story that was just as good. Sadly I was a little disappointed. I actually didn't like seeing Jason and Kathy from the SJoBC in this book. They were their own story, their own book, not this one. When Rachel told Jason near the end that she was sorry about his sister, if I hadn't previously read the SJoBC I would have been so confused as to what she was talking about.

I liked Rachel. Although I
Stefani Christensen
Dec 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever felt like it was your fault that someone died? Well in the book "When The Bough Breaks" a teenage girl is at her friend's house and her Dad is supposed to pick her up.She comes home to find that her Dad was on his way to pick her up when he got hit by a drunk driver. Her brother that lives at home has an alcohol problem, which makes things at home worse.He tells her things like, that it is all her fault, she than makes excuses to the point that she also believes that she is the ...more
Oct 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is my third book that I've read by Mangum and it probably was my favorite of hers. The story developed well and it kept me focused on it, I had a hard time putting it down. One thing that bugs me is that she keeps bringing characters from her first book into the following ones, and in this book it was way over the top. I get it.. in a high school there are different families and things going on that are different with each person, but it thoroughly annoyed me to have Jason West and Kathy ...more
Apr 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club-reads
This book was much better than I thought it would be. It was the April book for my book club and so I was ready to read it and I knew it would be enjoyable, but I didn't think it would be as good as it was. I read it in one day!

The relationships that she has to deal with, her poetry as well as the problems with alcoholism that her brother is dealing with all made it very interesting and real. It probably helped that I just finished Beautiful Boy and am also reading Tweak, about meth addiction,
Jan 24, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: lds-fiction
This book is from the author who wrote the Secret Journal of Brett Colton. A different story with new characters, however, these characters attend the same high school as the previous book, so that connection is kind of cool. This story line is not as good as her first book, but still a good read.
Dec 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book was pretty good. Again, I love this author, but "The Secret Journal" is the best ever. It was interesting to see that Rachel was kind of down on herself and envied Kathy, even though in "the secret Journal" Kathy felt the same way about herself. All in all a good read, another tear jerker. :)
Jun 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
this is an amazing Mormon novel, about a girl who's father dies and her mother re-marrys, bringing a new brother and dad into the family. her biological brother is an alchoholic, and his drinking is making life hard for her and her new family. it is a story of strength and a test of faith.
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I had this book categorized as Lds, teen chick lit. My expectations were low when I bought this for 50 cents at the library book sale. I was pleasantly surprised when it exceeded my expectations.

I enjoyed the characters—the main character felt real. The storyline kept me engaged—lots happening. I didn’t like that all the boys except for the rebel brother were near perfect and the all girls except for the bestie were mean. The seminary classes portrayed were a little over the top but I liked the
Aleah J.
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a very good book. This book is about a girl who is strugling with the death of someone close to her and the effects of the death on everyone around her. This book would be a good read for someone who likes a dramatic and a romance.
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Heartwarming. Good good book.
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Addiction, teen-age alcoholism
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those fictional books that addresses hard family issues, & yet gives you the hope & optimism that things will be ok.
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lds-romance
This is a great novel, and I would recommend it to just about anyone.
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm generally not a fan of poetry, but this book helped me see the point in it.
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-reveiws
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Kaylee Carter
May 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-1-10
"When the Bough Breaks" begins with a scene of the main character, Rachel Fletcher, spending time at her best friends house. When she gets back home, late at night, there are police cars all outside of her home. Her father was in a car accident on his way to pick her up and was killed. She can't believe it. Her mother becomes depressed and stays in bed most days. Her brother, who had already been struggling with alcohol, goes off the deep end. Rachel does everything she knows to try and keep her ...more
Megan Marchant
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When the Bough Breaks is a heartbreaking, amazingly written book that deals with grief, love, and high school crushes all at the same time. It shows what happens to one girl when tragedy strikes and she has no help from her mother or brother.
The book starts with Rachel Fletcher at her friend’s house. She’s driven home and finds out that her father was killed in a car accident while he was coming to pick her up. The guilt of this statement weighs on her throughout the story, adding to her
Kaitlyn Smith
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever done something that you thought was your fault? Rachel in the book "When the Bough Breaks" is in that situation. She was at her friends house it was getting late and no one in her family had come to pick her up yet. She asked her friend for a ride home when, and when she arrives at her house she sees cops lights everywhere . Her brother tells her that their dad was going to go pick her up and was in a car accident and died and it was all her fault. As she struggles to help her mom ...more
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
Sep 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, lds
Rachel comes home from a friends house to find that her father has died in a car accident. From that day forward her life is in turmoil. She seems to be the only surviving member of the family as she tries to ignore her mother crying herself to sleep every night and her brother's alcohol problems. Then her mother falls in love again and Rachel has to deal with a stepfather and stepbrother (who is very understanding besides being good-looking and going to her high school). Rachel's brother's ...more
Mariah Estrada
Jun 17, 2015 added it
Shelves: 1-12
Rachel life started to crumble, she thought the hardest thing she would have to go through was having a crush on Jason West. Then it all doesn’t matter when her father dies in a car accident, and she is led to believe that it is all her fault. Rachel is starting high school, and that is hard enough on her, yet now she has to deal with her mother’s depression and her 17 year old brother alcoholic problems. This isn’t supposed to happen to an LDS family. Now on top of that her mother is ...more
Nov 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-lit-13-25
This story is about LDS girl Rachel Fletcher, who has a crush on Jason West (like Kathy Colton from The Secret Journal of Brett Colton).
However, this book isn’t so romantic as it is healing. The whole book is about Rachel discovering that bad things do happen to good people and that you can get through it. At the beginning of the story, Rachel’s father dies.
Her older brother blames it on her and so she lives with unnecessary guilt and mourning. Her seventeen year old brother becomes involved
Sep 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teen Contemporary Fans
I love Kay's books. I read her book The Secret Journal of Brett Colton earlier in the year and LOVED IT. I fell in love with Kay's way of story-telling and taking hard subjects and turning them into an amazing, inspiring story. When I first saw this book I didn't realize that it was almost a Sequel to TSJOBC, but when I noticed it took place during the time when TSJOBC does I thought that was so neat. I'm not going to say to much now, but let it be known I read this in a day and LOVED it. :D ...more
Mar 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Warning: This book is a tear jerker. This story was difficult to read but impossible to put down. Rachel's struggles come in waves and I found myself relating to several of the characters problems at different points in the story. Beautiful writing that moved me to tears many times, but also gave me time to reflect on some of the struggles I also faced during my time in high school. I loved the theme of "practicing what you preach". That church is a place to help those who need it, and we need ...more
Hannah Lynn
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: yalit-13-25
Rachel is just trying to live a normal, happy life. That's hard to do after her father is killed in a car accident while she's at her friend's house. Her brother turns to alcohol to try to cope with his sadness, and to top it all off, her mother decides to remarry. Rachel's world is crashing in on her, and she is about ready to break.
This was a wonderful novel. I loved the grace with which Rachel handled the horrors of her life's reality. She was a lovable character, and I found myself cheering
Becky Littlefield
Mar 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Sometimes I find LDS fiction way too sappy, but I did not find this book that way. It was a quick easy read that I finished in one afternoon. The story was engaging, the plot mostly believable (although it was a little sicky-sweet in some places) and the doctrine sprinkled throughout it was tasteful and too not heavy or overbearing. I appreciated the poems that the main character wrote and found that they gave the book a bit more depth than the typical Mormon novel. I think the author is a very ...more
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Oct 05, 2010 rated it liked it
I wouldn't normally choose to read LDS lit but my SIL gave me her copy and said it helped her deal with some trials she was going through with her brother. She wanted me to read it so I decided to give it a try. The writing was good. Some parts of the story were too staged and some of the dialogue was not believable. But I did enjoy the overall story and the main character to me was genuine. I could relate to how she felt as a teenager. I don't see how the title has anything to do with the ...more
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When the Bough Breaks was a surprisingly gripping read. I cried and laughed (maybe I shouldn't have found Ryan so funny, but the whole pancake syrup/Christmas music analogy? Hilarious!). Kay Lynn Mangum does an excellent job of weaving heartfelt feelings into the story that really come across on the page. Although I wish Rachel would have shown a little more gumption at times, I loved each of the characters and empathized with them. Great snippets of dialogue, memorable characters, and a ...more
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Kay Lynn Mangum is the youngest of four children (one sister, two brothers), and has enjoyed reading and writing stories since her elementary school days. She has always dreamed of seeing her stories in print, and still can't believe her books are not only published, but that strangers actually buy her books and like them! Kay Lynn holds an associates degree from Dixie Junior College, and a ...more