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Stronger Than Words

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Mackenzie Craig is no stranger to struggling. After a childhood marred by poverty and homelessness, she's worked her way up to the number two spot in her graduating class and secured a scholarship to a great college. But then Mackenzie collapses at the state debate championships. She's rushed to the hospital where her prognosis is grave--she's having a stroke.

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Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
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When I woke up after my stroke, I felt like the life I’d always planned for was impossible, like everything I’d ever wanted was suddenly out of reach, and would be forever. But maybe I was wrong. Maybe everything is still there, and all I have to do is find my way back to it.

Stronger Than Words is a story about recovery, family, resilience and inner growth.

Mackenzie Craig is a fighter, someone strong, ambitious, someone who perseveres. A debate c
Paula Stokes
Dec 31, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi reader-peeps. Thank you to the Goodreads fairy who added this book for me :)

Three major things inspired this book: First, I started doing volunteer work with the Portland homeless community and realized that the reasons people become homeless are a lot more varied and complex than what we see in the media. Second, I thought about how important words are to me--I use them as tools, as weapons, as armor, to feel good about myself, to escape my pain. What would it be like if the words I rely on
Samantha (WLABB)
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, ya
Rating: 4.5 stars

Another beautifully told story from Paula Stokes!

Kenzie was 18 years old, and the future she had worked so hard for, was finally within her grasp. But, when she suffers a stroke, her plans seem to be on shaky ground, and now she might lose everything she had worked so hard for.

The book definitely started with some serious heartbreak, but I knew there was no way but up for Mackenzie. She was just a phenomenal character. She had grit, determination, and drive, and I couldn't help
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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I honestly wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I went into this book without rereading the synopsis, so I went in with no idea what to expect. It did take me a little to get into this book. The first chapter introduces us to Mackenzie, a teen girl with high hopes for a college and a future in law. She's a debater, a runner, and tries her hardest to reach high goals for herself. At first, I think I had a hard time connecting with Mackenzie, as we are given
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
A stroke severely hampers Mackenzie’s ability to communicate and her college plans become further endangered when her struggle to speak in her sister’s defense leads to talking via her fist instead.

Mackenzie was well-written, you feel and understand her frustration but it never becomes a self-pity party, right from the start (before the stroke) she’s portrayed as someone willing to put in the hard work, she’s ambitious by nature, and that remains very much who she is despite her vastly changed
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Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2020
This was so good.
I really loved the relationship between Cheyenne and Mackenzie, it's really nice to see a positive sisterly relationship, where they support each other and help each other.
Dalton was a really sweet love interest, and I like that that storyline wasn't the main point, but more of an added extra.
Well worth the read, I would love to see this published one day.
Rechanne Waddell
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Stronger than Words is beyond amazing. You will be taken on a fanatic journey filled with trials and triumphs. Journeying along with the main character you get to experience her vibrant world and feel alongside her. When her world crashes around her, you are able to venture along side her to see if she will regain what she lost. Kept on your toes you will definitely want more. I highly recommend opening this book, you will not be disappointed. 🤓
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mackenzie is ready to graduate and go to the college of her choice. While in a debate competition, she just had a stroke and she can't speak anymore. So she has to relearn how to speak properly again. But while trying to defend her sister, Mackenzie did something that her college wasn't to pleased about and they're about to pull her scholarship out, unless Mackenzie can explain to them what really happened. How can she explain herself when she can't speak properly?

The book description reeled me
John Clark
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is about as good as a YA book can get. A family struggling, Dad in prison, Mom and her daughters homeless after his incarceration, Money still tight after they do get an apartment. 18 year old MacKenzie is constantly pushing herself to do/be better, has a scholarship waiting at Pacifica College and is about to shine at a debate tournament when she trips during her three mile run. Just before she's to rebut her opponent at the debate, she starts feeling strange and collapses. Ten days later, ...more
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020
So many great things in this story, especially the bond between the two sisters - MacKenzie and Cheyenne - I think Cheyenne's optimism played a key role in MacKenzie's recovery.
I loved seeing how much MacKenzie pushed herself and learned so much about herself along the way that she might have not have, had she not had the stroke. Yes, she was one to push herself because of things that happened to her and her family when she was younger, but the recovery from the stroke put things on another leve
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Paula Stokes is half writer, half RN, and totally thrilled to be part of the world of YA literature. She started out writing historical fiction under a pen name and is now branching out into other YA genres.

When she's not working (rare), she's kayaking, hiking, reading, or seeking out new adventures in farawa

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