28 November 2011

Heart on a Chain

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Book Details

Author: Cindy Bennett
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 309 KB
Print Length: 324 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1456492411
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Language: English

Book Summary

17-year-old Kate has lived her whole life in abject poverty, with an alcoholic father and drug-addicted mother, who severely abuses Kate. At school, her second-hand clothing marks her as a target. Her refusal to stand up for herself makes her the recipient of her classmates taunts and bullying. That is, until Henry returns. 

Henry Jamison moved away six years earlier, just as he and Kate had begun to develop feelings for one another. He returns to find the bright, funny, outgoing girl he had known now timidly hiding in corners, barely speaking to anyone around her, suspicious of even him. 

Kate can't figure out what game Henry is playing with her - for surely it is a game. What else would the gorgeous, popular boy from her past want with her? 

Kate finally decides to trust Henry's intentions, opening her heart to him. Just when it seems he might be genuine in his friendship, tragedy strikes, threatening everything Kate has worked so hard to gain. Can Henry help her to overcome this new devastation, or will it tear them apart forever? (taken from goodreads.com)

Book Review

Heart on a Chain is a heart-wrenching page-turner. I couldn’t afford to put it down so I spent the whole night with my kindle until I finally reached the final page. The character-growth is brilliant, you can easily fill in their shoes and dig into their emotions. Cindy Bennett made sure that her characters are not far-fetched from reality.  

I love Kate. She’s one of the bravest characters I have read in a YA novel. At a young age, she have dealt with a lot of abuse than any person ever had. Kate’s home doesn’t give her any security at all, having an abusive, drug-addicted mother and an alcoholic father. School, which could have been a place of solace turned out to be another hell. But what is so different about Kate is that, she almost didn’t mind the physical part of the abuse. She had endured it courageously – but what will draw you to this girl is the internal suffering caused by the long-standing physical abuse.

Then Henry came along. He’s one hero without the supernatural powers. Who needs bad boys to love when a great guy who’s nice, patient, kind, loving and handsome comes along? Henry was her childhood friend. He was surprised to see the ‘new’ Kate – but it didn’t stopped him from wanting her to be his friend. Soon, his love and persistence allowed Kate to see beyond her world of pain and suffering. Finally, there was something good in her life – and that was Henry. Even his family loved her and made her feel she was one of them. I am so glad Kate has her happy ending, she deserves it.   

Heart on a Chain is an incredible book, a tear jerking, sad, touching story of survival. It could be true – the sad thing about reality is that not all Kate have Henrys. 

þ @ ChuCha

1 comment:

  1. Hey, Chucha, thanks for the awesome review! I appreciate it. :o)