Daily Archives: December 26, 2009

Torn by Amber Lehman (Review #2)

tornReviewed by Chris Phillips

Lehman has written a very good coming-of-age book. She confronts issues both common to teenagers and uncommon. As the publicity said, Gay and Lesbian issues are core to the plot and handled openly and honestly throughout.

Krista is the main character. The story begins with her moving to Southern California from Ohio, going from a parochial school to a public one and her mother going on a mission trip all at the same time. Even though she has no friends when the book begins, she quickly finds some in Carrie, Ryan and Brandon. The tale continues through her sophomore year and the situations she through the school year.

From these four and a few others the plot and character develop, particularly Krista, thoroughly, believably, and consistently. There are concrete and common problems of teen years, but also coping with gender and orientation issues. There is sexually active and gay, Brandon, who is the bright and beautiful Southern California prep. Ryan is the boyfriend that seems perpetually frustrated and inept. Carrie is the best friend and also becomes a love interest for Krista.

The plot mechanism is Krista adjusting and settling into the new school and the new neighborhood. Her brothers are older and involved in their own lives but keep up with what she is doing. There are other friends and people that show up in the plot. There is sufficient variety to give a good balance and yet keep the plot moving.

Tainted by Brooke Morgan (Review #2)

taintedReviewed by Vickie Dailey

Tainted is a good case in point for being careful what you wish for. Is is part romantic intrigue and a not so strong psychological thriller. The main characters (Holly, Jack, Holly’s 5-year old daughter Katy and her Grandfather Henry) do not pull you into the story.

Holly Barrett meets Jack Dane while riding on a bus. A whirlwind romance ensues. From one seemingly innocent encounter life changing events will occur.