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3.62  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Odette Leblanc is promoted to night-shift supervisor at the local convenience store, but at the age of twenty-three, she already feels like her life has become a predictable routine. That is, until she meets a mysterious doryman and his cat on the beach, followed by an unexpected run-in with an American sailor. Each man will undeniably change the course of her life, and so ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 26th 2013 by Mirror Image Publishing
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Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Atkinson takes off from page one with a hard hitting look at life when life isn’t perfect. She makes her story inviting, without pulling any punches. This was a well written, quick read that was quite enjoyable and easy to follow. Atkinson’s smooth, approachable writing style draws you in, allowing you to focus on the story at hand. Her no holds barred storyline is paired with allusion and brilliant description to create something truly remarkable. The story is dripping with history and culture, ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Sep 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arcs, read-in-2013
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Odette is stuck. Stuck in a dead-end job. Stuck living with her unemployed, BINGO addict mother. Stuck paying the bills and being responsible when she should be experiencing life. Odette decides it’s time for her to venture out of her comfort zone after spending time over the summer with Henri, a wealthy sailor who is vacationing in her hometown on his yacht, and Ben, a doryman awaiting his next research assignment.

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Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I had read a strong review for Stacy Atkinson’s book online, which led me to buying the ebook. It was a very nice discovery to Stuck, and get into the mind of Odette – her 20 something heroine.

At first, I truly felt stuck in Odette’s world. There were friends and family who gave me a laugh or caused some reflection (Odette’s best friend is about move across Canada, which makes me think about all the times I’ve moved away from great friends), and yet the clever repetition of nights working for t
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Stuck is in a way a coming-of-age tale that puts you into the mind of the MC, Odette. This poor girl feels she’s stuck in her current circumstances without a way out. There’s no real threat or issue keeping Odette where she is other than her lack of self-confidence. I call BS on that, though, because she’s only as stuck as she wants to be. Atkinson introduces us to Odette through a daily play-by-play of her life, the tow
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book had a fresh story behind it.

I have been looking for a book with a different story line, and plot; this book lived up to this expectation.

I received this book as a complementary copy. I want to thank the author for going out on a limb, and writing a story that was truly unique, and not mainstream. I feel each book holds a place, and this book ranks up in place with creative story lines.

Odette is the main female character, and is literally stuck in her current lifestyle. Living at home i
Michelle Randall
Reviewed for Readers Favorite.

Odette is twenty-three, living at home with her mother and younger sister, working at the local convenience store where she has been since high school and just rolling along with life. She finally realizes that she is restless,she is Stuck, that this isn't what she wants out of life, that she wants something more, but she has no idea what she wants or how to go about it. This is the summer she will meet Henri, a rich kid from the yacht club and Ben a research scient
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway-tbr
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

This is a coming-of-age story of “a confused, minimum wage clerk [just] trying to find herself”(Atkinson, pg.171). The main character, Odette, is a twenty three year old woman who is stuck living in a small town, tired of her boring, predictable life. However, during the summer she comes across the son of rich business man visiting for vacation and a mysterious man who has an unusual habit of skinny dipping, in the ocean, at sunrise. Much like the character that shares her nam
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Odette is a small-town girl that dreams of so much more than her new promotion as night manager of a convenience store. She also looks after her rebellious 15 year-old sister and incredibly selfish mother. Only after meeting some new people does she see that her life can be so much more.

I identified, almost painfully at times, with Odette. It was really affirming that she tries to rise above her circumstances. On the other side, I didn't enjoy that she lies about who she really is in order to im
Sep 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, netgalley
This is a story about a girl stuck in a rut. She meets two guys during the summer who are just passing through. She doesn't realize it at first but they both make an impression on her. They make her want to be more. I thought the story was a little slow moving. There was a lot of introduction and I felt like I needed a little bit more action in the first part of this book. I did enjoy the writing style. The author mixes French phrases in with English, it helped me to practice the little French I ...more
Kyle Pfeffer
I was lucky enough to win this book during a Goodreads giveaway.

Even though this wasn't my type of book, I enjoyed it. I read books of all genres and types, because every book has something you can learn from the authors voice. It was a nice change of page from heavier, longer reads. It really is a quick read in comparison.

The characters felt like people I could relate with, and felt real, like they could have been fellow Canadians I've met or grew up with. (Tim Hortons was mentioned, obviously.
Yvonne deSousa
Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I started this book the last days of December and spent most of New Year's day enjoying it. It was a fun read that took me back to when I was 23. I identified with the complexity that was Odette's worries, insecurities and desires to get out of the rut as her life was designed for her. The setting of a tourist town/fishing village was interesting on its own. But I was thrilled that Atkinson shared this community with us from the standpoint of the poor "townie" as opposed to the wealthy visitor w ...more
Lynn Daigle
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is both raw and endearing at the same time. The title of the book so perfectly describes the main character as "stuck" that I can't imagine any other way to describe her situation. She is wedged in a life that she just can't get out of, and the author weaves a story with her that many, many of us can relate to.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a genuine taste of what life on the East Coast is like. And to all people who are at a place in their life where they, too, feel
Tanya Tobin
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As someone who also grew up in a small town, I found the read of this book to be very captivating, and one upon which I could personally relate to. Growing up I always wondered whether I would be a traveller or be stuck in one place for the rest of my life. As it turned out, I did travel, followed my now husband, have a great life, but still like to go home....the place where my roots are. As a debut book, it's a fantastic read and one that I highly recommend.
Tracy Bourne
Mar 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Good book hope to read more from this author. I read this book in one sitting good story line and great main character thank you for letting me read and review
Jill Morningstar-janzen
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
An excellent first novel. I hope to read more by this author.
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved the Shediac-area New Brunswick setting!
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful coming-of-age story about a girl in small town maritime Canada.
Oct 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, 2013-netgalley, dbba
I didn't write a review at the time I read this book so I read it again to able to write an accurate review. And I enjoyed it again! 3/27/16

The setting takes place in a small fishing village in Canada. The authors words make it come alive in your mind. You can imagine the sand on the beach, the ocean breeze and the shops in the village. There are a few words in French thrown in that I think added to the story.

The main character, Odette, is 23 and feels she is stuck with her situations in life. B
Brooke Cheyenne
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
My favourite thing about this book was the imagery. The setting descriptions were beautiful, incredibly easy and almost addictive. They were definitely the best parts of the book for me.

Sometimes books carry too many details and it makes them deadly. Stories can slow and get boring, but somehow this book's description of the water, the beach, each boat and the marina were so suitable to the story. For someone who has never been to the East Coast of Canada, I loved seeing that part of the countr
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: net-galley
When I started this book my initial thought was that it was going to be a keeper. I was really excited to read it and I immediately was drawn into Odette's small town world. I kept waiting for the main character something. I liked her as a realistic person in a realistic situation, but when I wanted to see her grow and peak, the middle just fizzled out. I felt like I was Stuck in it. The pace just didn't feel right to me. I thought the argument between her and Henri when he discovered h ...more
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review*

I hate giving bad reviews but I honestly cannot say that I enjoyed reading this book. I forced myself to finish it and that is why it took me so long to write my review. The storyline was decent and the book was well edited (no grammar or spelling mistakes). What i did not like was the characters and the lack of dialogue. I felt that the book had a very slow pace, without any major or exciting twists; you can predict almost ever
Trish at Between My Lines
DNF - quit at 40%. I just didn't care about the main character and had no interest in finishing. The pace was slower than slow and there was nothing that held my attention enough to make me plough through to the end. Not for me I guess.

Thanks to Smith Publicity -- Mirror Image Publishing for letting me read this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Sep 06, 2013 marked it as dnf
DNF at 30%. I didn't like the main character. I couldn't connect with the story. It just wasn't for me.
Manon Belliveau
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
set in Shediac NB where i was raised..... really enjoyed reading this fiction.
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I'm a freelance writer and editor based in Ottawa, Canada.

In 2012, I started Mirror Image Publishing and then self-published my first book. STUCK is a coming-of age story about a young woman growing up in coastal New Brunswick.

In May 2016, I published my second novel, LETTERS FROM LABRADOR, which tells the story of a young British midwife working in the beautiful yet unpredictable northern coast
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