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Coming-of-age drama meets a Jack Reacher thriller in this daring YA epistolary debut.

Seventeen year old Kelly is in a spartan boarding school in northern Idaho, sent away for drugs—as planned. Her little brother Sammy is left home in Missouri, getting ready for high school. He is quirky, quick, writes dark poetry and longs to play football. He’s also got a nose for troubl
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Kindle Edition, 264 pages
Published February 7th 2019 by Cur Dog Press
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Lori
Although Well Below Heaven, by Idyllwild Eliot, was categorized as YA, I really enjoyed it. It is an emotional book based on dysfunctional families and a brother and sister relationship, along with friendships with classmates and teachers that make me very glad that my child is out of high school and never experienced the bullying and the end result of bad choices Ms. Idyllwild spells out in detail. It’s about bad decisions made by good kids and the roller coaster path they go on. It’s well writ ...more
Pegboard
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well Below Heaven, by Idyllwild Eliot, is written in communication form between siblings. They have sent away Kelly, because of drugs, to a school specializing in troubled teens. Sammy is her brother who feels she is the only one who completely understands him. They are open and honest in their letters.  When one was wild, and the other sheltered, their views slow changed. Sammy enjoys the attention of Kelly’s old friends, which leads him to some wicked stuff.
 
I found Well Below Heaven a mixtur
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Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Idyllwild Eliot makes her debut with Well Below Heaven. And what a debut it is. First is not your common way of presenting a book. The story unfolds using the letters that the siblings write to each other. It’s a tricky way to present the plot, as everything seems a bit slower and not so visible, but it’s very engaging and interesting. It actually works, leaving me intrigued and wanting to read more and more. The language used is also a plus because it helps to build the scenes in our imaginatio ...more
Payal Sinha
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well Below Heaven is a story written entirely in letters. These letters are between brother and sister who share a special bond with one another. The sister is sent away to a distant place because she had been caught having drugs. The parents want to save the younger brother from the sister's influence and also want to correct the erring sister. However, the brother himself is a handful and keeps his parents and teachers on toes. Carl has a dark sense of humor and does not like his snoopy mom. H ...more
Alycia Canfield
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is very good. It is about dysfunctional families and other relationships. It talks about bully and the bad choices that have can bad results. I think It was a great read for anyone YA and up.
Lynda Dickson
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 16+
Shelves: young-adult
Brother and sister Sammy and Kelly are separated when Kelly is sent away to a boarding school for troubled youth. From afar, will Kelly be able to prevent her younger brother from making the same mistakes she made?

The story is told by Sammy and Kelly via the letters and emails they send each other during their separation. From their correspondence, we need to piece together what happened. Because of this format, we sometimes feel a bit removed from the action. However, the short chapters (i.e.,
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Well Below Heaven is an emotional young adult novel that is based on dysfunctional families. A story of bad decisions made by good kids and the consequences that follow. Written in a way that draws you in and hold your attention until the end.
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After an adolescence survived in the Midwest and a few obligatory years at the university, Idyllwild Eliot embarked on a journey of internal and external exploration. With stints in Houston, Louisiana, and even Thailand, where she studied yoga, Ms. Eliot has become a semi-professional vagabond. Most recently (at the time of publication) she has been experiencing the North American west. If not sip ...more