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Cascading Petals

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  123 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Despite the years of bullying in school, Jewel Hart has remained sweet and kind. She has it all—a great life, a great family, and beauty—but she has never been able to obtain the one thing she wants—to belong.

When Jewel meets Kaiden Carter, a good-looking, charming new student at York Mills High, things start to look up. On the surface, he is perfect, but Jewel can’t shake
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Published December 7th 2017 by Huntson Press Inc. (first published December 5th 2017)
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Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
I was on the promotional blog tour for this book! 3.5 out of 5 stars!

T/W- Suicide, Bullying

Cascading Petals was an emotional read, following the life of a young girl called Jewel Hart. During her school days, she has been a victim of horrific bullying that has resulted in anxiety and upset, not having any friends to spend time with. As she starts her final year in High School, she meets a new student Kaiden Carter, they grow close despite fellow students at the school earning Kaiden about Jewel
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In Cascading Petals, by Jane C Brady, we see what too many students have to deal with, bullying, through the eyes of a teenager named Jewel. On the outside, it would seem that Jewel has a wonderful life, she has a loving family, and wants for nothing. Except acceptance. She wants to fit in at school, but ever since she was a little girl, she’s been bullied. In particular, a girl named Lexie has made Jewels life miserable. To the point where she’s afraid to go to school.

Then Jewel meets Kaiden,
Laura  Hernandez (TheVoluptuousBkDiva/YABkDivas)
This beautifully written and heartbreaking story deals with the issue of bullying and suicide. I rode a chaotic and emotional roller coaster ride with this book not only because of the outstanding job the author did with the writing and characters but also with the fact that these things happen to so many teens every single day and unfortunately, many feel and decide that suicide is the only option they have left. I also loved how the author incorporated the fact that bullying isn’t just done by ...more
Tony Evans
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jewel Hart is preparing for another tough year in high school. She’s ready for the bullies, but she’s not prepared to fall in love. As her friends come together, and love blossoms, tragedy strikes. Right when her self esteem was coming back!
This book, like Jewel, is very sweet. A book about bullying, self-esteem, and love, it speaks volumes to the self-aware young adult that struggles with the pressures of high school. Jewels possess a kind of introspection that I’ve seen in books like The Hunge
Paula  Phillips
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I have to admit the cover for this book is deceiving as it shows a happy girl with a country theme with the boy and horse. Opening the pages though, I would later come to realize how much this book would affect me. To give readers a heads up, this book touches on Bullying and Suicide. As someone who was bullied in school and eventually in workplaces as well, I always find this sort of books touching to me as they strike something in me that I can resonate with. This book starts with Jewel Hart w ...more
Vera Neves (Sinfonia dos Livros)
Honestly, I really enjoyed this book. Although it is a book based on the romance between two young people who are completely different from each other in the way of being and acting, the main theme addressed in this book is something that is currently a very serious problem in our society: bullying.
Jewel is a young girl in her final year of high school. She is beautiful and intelligent, although she does not consider herself like that. Until she meets Kaiden, but we will be there soon enough.

M.C. Cairns
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jewel's journey is one all to familiar in the world today. Having been a victim of relentless bullying myself, I empathized deeply with her and her struggles. The other issues touched on (I won't name them to avoid spoilers) are real struggles that teens face every day, and Ms. Brady navigates them beautifully. I laughed, I cried, I loved some characters and rooted for them, and I hated others and hoped they would get what was coming to them. The message of survival, love, and hope was deeply in ...more
Thank you Net Galley and Jane C. Brady for the free copy of this book in exchange with an honest review.

I was very eager to read this book because it dealt with bullying, which is a matter I'm incredibly into, since it's very relevant and I want to delve into it's causes and it's aftermath as much as I can. I think this book does a very good job of portraying how a victim of bullying navigates high school and how affected by it this person is, even out of school, when he/she is supposedly safe f
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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‘’ In this world, cruel people take many forms’’

This story had my cry a couple of times. This book makes you feel so much emotion, I felt so much sadness, anger but also a lot of love while reading this book.

‘’Remember, they’re the ones with the issues, not you. They’re the ones hurting inside, and you just happen to be the one they spew it out on.’’

I really liked the different point of views while reading this. It gave me much more insight in what others were dealing with. It shows you that
Bergen Adair
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Jewel has been bullied all her life. She trudges through her day-to-day, just scraping by as she is tormented relentless cruelty from her classmates. Everything changes her senior year with the appearance of Kaidan into her life. She blossoms and discovers love and friendship in a group of friends brought together by chance and kindness. Together they grow and learn and suffer together, and in the end, everyone has learned a lesson or two. Cascading Petals by J C Brady is a story about love, fri ...more
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Life as a teenager isn't always what you see in the movies. Designer clothes, luxury cars, and European vacations are all depicted in movies as something every teenager seem to have. But there are also dark sides to every teenager. When pressure from family and friends get in the way of growing into healthy and happy adults, the facade that most teens wear falls away to reveal troubles that they tried so hard to hide.
In Cascading Petals, we are immediately taken into the life of the young heroin
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cascading Petals by Jane C Brady at first glance, seems to be another book about bullying aimed at the young adult market. However, it is so much more than first meets the eye. Having read this book, I was left feeling stunned, sad, hurt, but overwhelming grateful. Grateful for the life that I have had.
The story centres around the main character, Jewel Hart, who is just beginning her senior year at the start of the book. Jewel is the sort of girl that seems to have everything. She is an attracti
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bullying is a widespread issue that occurs everywhere across the globe, especially within schools. Everyone knows how flawed all systems are, the education system is definitely amongst a long list that needs effective change. In “Cascading Petals”, author Jane C. Brady writes from the perspectives of several individuals that all attend York Mills High School, as well as other members of the community, including parents. The main protagonist is a young woman named, Jewel Hart, who has been a vict ...more
April Pulliam
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jane C. Brady has struck a chord like no other with Cascading Petals. When Jewel Hart begins her senior year, she does so believing with all her heart and soul that it will be yet another in a long string of school years plagued with verbal and mental abuse from her peers. Friendless and full of dread, Jewel comes face to face with Kaiden Carter and the bevy of emotions she has yet to allow herself to feel. What begins as a small circle of two soon expands as Jewel and Kaiden stand with their c ...more
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jewel seems like a girl who has it all; she is pretty, intelligent and has a loving family. The only problem is she has been bullied for her entire school life, and she enters senior year expecting history to repeat itself. But then she encounters Kaiden, the handsome and mysterious new boy at school, and her life begins to change. Jewel and her school-mates must face up to the epidemic of bullying, their internal teenage struggles, and the failures of their families and the school system; they ...more
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cascading Petals, written by Jane C. Brady, is based on a teenage girl Jewel Hart. Jewel is a sensitive and caring soul who comes from a seemingly perfect life. But her years in the schoolyard prove to be a different story with her gentle nature drawing her in as the target for bullies. Finally, after relentless attacks and years of snide remarks, Jewel finds herself forming genuine friendships and discovering the true meaning of respect and loyalty. However, it soon becomes clear that these new ...more
Laura Graves
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cascading Petals, by Jane C. Brady, is a young adult novel dealing with issues related to drama, romance, school, and family in a modern, urban, Canadian setting. The story focuses on the experiences of Jewel Hart, a senior attending York Mills High School in Toronto, Canada. In addition to Jewel, the book's important characters include Kaiden Carter, Chad Palmer, Lexi Clark, Jess, Amy Kent, and Finn Gracia, all of whom are students at the High School. The book utilizes a mixed point of view, so ...more
David Gunner
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cascading Petals by Jane C. Brady
Bullying is a global epidemic. Children are bullied at school. Adults are bullied at work. Establishments invoking status quo encourage alienation. The worst part is that the relevant authorities do absolutely nothing about it.
A child comes home from school with a nasty bruise. They were shoved or kicked. The teacher knows nothing about it. The same child defends itself by fighting back. Disciplinary action is taken against violence. This abhorrent tolerance for
Kwong Ling
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Cascading Petals” is a novel by Jane Brady about kids coming of age. It centers on Jewel Hart, a senior in suburban Canada, who is dealing with a number of issues as she exits high school. A small cast is used to offer perspectives on Jewel’s issues, as each character see her with different lenses. As she overcomes each issue, Jewel and the cast become friends, helps with their problems, and claims the role of protagonist. As the main character, Jewel is an example of the highs and lows of a fe ...more
Sarah Nantais
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Retha Evans
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast Read

    Jane C. Brady's "Cascading Petals" follows Jewel Hart's final year of High School in York Mills Canada. Although Jewel has a seemingly perfect family, intelligence and good looks; her life is anything but perfect. The past thirteen years of her life has been a struggle socially for Jewel to which she is praying this year will be different. Constantly being tormented by her peers, along with teachers leaves Jewel asking herself the ever persistent question, "Why me?" When she befrien
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Cascading Petals” by Jane C. Brady is a novel about a nice young lady named Jewel that has been bullied in school. Despite the cruelty of her peers, she still remains a sweet person. No matter what, though, she just doesn’t feel as if she has ever belonged. That’s when the new boy Kaiden comes along. Jewel really likes Kaiden, but feels something isn’t quite right. Add to that the rising suicides at her school and the heartbreak of these tragedies, she leans on Kaiden. After one too many incide ...more
Ariel Hess
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: A copy of this novel was given to me in exchange for my honest opinion. The opinions in this review are solely my own and do not reflect the views of the author. Thank you so much to the author for providing me with a copy of this book.

I finished this book in one evening, devouring the entire read. The title does not do this book justice, but I understood the reasoning behind the title once I dived more into the novel. I liked the development of the main character Jewel. The book doe
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cascading Petals revolves around the unfortunate, but common factor of bullying. The bullies tend to pick on easy targets to cover up for their own inadequacies. It's a dark and thought provoking story.

Jewel appears to have it all. A good home and a loving family, but she has been a victim of bullying for most of her life. She is a loner and it's an effort for her to cope outside of her homelife on a daily basis.

Kaiden is the new kid in town. He is easy going even though he is having his own ba
Grant Leishman
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Bullying is never okay! That is what they always say in schools all over the world, but is it just a platitude that those in authority spout, without truly adhering to? In Cascading Petals, by Jane C Brady we face bullying head-on, in not an abstract manner, but in a deeply personal and realistic way. Jewel Hart has spent most of her school days as the subject of intense bullying; bullying that has lowered her self-esteem and led her to question h
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Being a high school senior should be a breeze, right? A time to be on top, hanging with friends, skating on by, planning for prom and graduation. Many would say this is the best time of their lives. Not for Jewel. Being self-aware in a high school located in Canada has its downside. Battling with low self-esteem and bullies, Jewel has her plate full. That is until a new student comes to town. Kaiden, dealing with his own demons kindles a small romance with Jewel and does something for her that n ...more
Tia Scott
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Written from different points-of-view and showing each aspect of bullying, from the inner-dialog to the fatal repercussions, ‘Cascading Petals’ is a satisfyingly touching read that has heart as well as depth. The story surrounds the life of Jewel Hart, a senior at York Mills High School who desperately wishes for genuine friendship and to simply fit in. Although her home life is loving, she’s faced with bullying at school, particularly by the hand of her long-time tormentor, Lexi.

Fortunately, J
Tony Parsons
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kaiden Carter welcomed Jewel Hart (Sr., middle daughter/sister) to her 1st. day at York Mills HS.
Mrs. Barker was her English teacher.
Lexi Clark was Ms. Popular. Jessica “Jess” & Ariel made up her entourage.
Chad Palmer (Lexi’s BF) & Eric Jackson were on the HS swim team.
Kaiden & Jewell were becoming quite close. He took her to meet his mother Natalie Carter.

What did Mrs. Natalia Hart (Italian, wife/mother) go see Mr. Pepper about?
What happened to Amy (classmate)?
Fast forward it was
Ashli Lewis
By the end, I really loved this book. It took a bit at first to be hooked. I felt, at the beginning, that the situation we are dropped into, with a senior in high school being so severely bullied, for seemingly no reason, was a bit unrealistic.

Jewel is constantly bullied all her years of school. This is despite her being beautiful, smart, and coming from a good, healthy family, and a large enough school, that not everyone knows everyone else. In small schools, I can *maybe* see a situation like
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Jane was born and raised in the Maritimes, and moved to Western Canada soon after graduating high school, where she has been an entrepreneur for over a decade.
She has always composed beautiful words and lyrical passages in her mind. When it comes to writing, her passion is to inspire and fill people with food for their souls. Cascading Petals was her debut novel, winning Readers’ Favorite Award in