Interrupted: Life Beyond Words
good book on growing up a girl
Interrupted by Rachel Coker is a book about growing up. It is 1939 and Alcyone Everly is a girl ready to turn 14 tomorrow. Her friend Sam Carroll is steady and stands beside her no matter what but he is always so friendly no matter what and it bugs her. Alcyone, Ally to her friends, has a hard life. Her mother is different from most people for goodness sake she named Alcyone after a star. Now she is forgetting things and sees things that arenÃ¢ÂÂt there and she is so tired now sleeping all the time. Last year the Dr Murphy diagnosed brain cancer but her mother refused to seek treatment. Ally has been taking care of her mother for quite a while now and Ally is so afraid that she will die. Her mother is all that she has since her father left the family 6 years ago. Then the unspeakable happensÃ¢ÂÂher mother dies. Right after the funeral the social worker the social worker allows Ally to pack a few things and states that the rest is to be sold to pay for the funeral even her beloved piano. Ally is taken to live in Maine with Beatrice Lovell who wants to adopt her and become her mother. Ally refuses to let anyone in to be close except Charlotte (Charlie to her friends) and Irene her new sister. Beatrice never gives up and continues to pray for her and love her and try to accept AllyÃ¢ÂÂs rejection of her. Can Ally grow to reach out and let others and God into her life? How can she deal with the men, boys really, going off to war, maybe never to return? This is her story and how she faces life.
I liked this story. Ally has many of the same qualities and problems that many girls face growing up no matter the times. In that respect this book is timeless. Ally also has the problems of loving people and knowing that they may leave herÃ¢ÂÂsome through death, some through walking awayÃ¢ÂÂand she must learn to love and trust anyway. It is a story of growing up in uncertain times. In this particular story is during times of the loss of a parent and wartime but all of history has its uncertainty and as humans we must as we grow learn to love and trust or we become people who never know the joys that God means for us to have in this life. This book can be read and enjoyed by all but it feels made most especially for women of the ages of high school and older though can safely be read but though much younger.
This book was provided for this review by Zondervan.
October 14, 2012
A Fabulous Read!
Before I get to the review, I have to compliment Rachel for getting published! This is such an accomplishment. I eagerly wait what else you'll publish.
Now for the review. :-) Interrupted is set in the early nineteen-forties. Rachel did a fantastic job researching things in that time period from the ice-box to jukeboxes and gramophones. She also weaved the Second World War into the storyline to add the right amount of tension.
Our main character in this story is Alcyone (or as she likes to be called, Allie) Everly. The book begins with Allie at a mere age of thirteen and comes to a close when she is nineteen. Her mama is very sick and her memory comes and goes. This leaves Allie trying to help her remember and get better. Rachel throws in several sweet scenes with Allie and her mother and their neighbor Sam Carroll, but more about him later. Within a few chapters, we discover her mother suffers from a cancerous brain tumor and that she won't get better. I have lost a loved one to cancer when I was very young so I felt I could relate to Allie's many feelings when her mother passed away. After her mother's funeral, Allie was adopted by Beatrice Lovell.
To my great pleasure, I now get to introduce you to Sam Carroll, who in my humble opinion is just awesome. He has his flaws but he has a good heart. He would follow Allie around, tease her, and make her laugh. He's quite endearing and it's quite clear he has a crush on Allie.
Allie was raised to believe (though she questions it) that Heaven doesn't exist and that Christians will "make you believe they care" when they really don't. This is where Beatrice truly shows Allie, through her actions, the love of God. I think Rachel handled Allie's "come-to-Jesus" moment and everything coming up to that point fairly well. It felt different to read about a character who didn't believe. A good kind of different.
This book had me wanting to know how events played out, if my questions would be answered, and so on. I wasn't disappointed. I felt like over the course of the book we really got see Allie grow into the young woman God wanted her to be.
Congratulations again, Rachel!
I received this book from the publisher in return for an honest review, which I have done.
June 7, 2012
Beautiful ya novel
I really liked this light, romantic young adult novel. It is also supposed to be a Christian novel, although I can't in all honesty say I saw much of God in there.
It begins a few years before WWII, and ends during the war.
The elements of romance, friendship and dealing with grief were very well and realistically done.
Allie has had a great deal of trouble dealing first with her mother's illness and then her untimely death. She can't get rid of the bitterness and pain, and finds that the only way she can survive would be to close her heart to everyone and everything. I really liked this aspect of the novel. It felt very realistic to me, and I think it would to everyone who has had to deal with a painful 'interruption' of their life.
Allie is adopted by a woman who lives in an Avonlea-type little town, where there are a lot of colourful characters, including her step-mother, and step-sister. These people seek to help her ease her pain, but she won't let anyone in.
Then her childhood friend arrives, but he is not alone.
Right on his heels is a great war.
There are not many details given to war-time, just the general idea that the men are away fighting. There wasn't much historical information in this book, nor historical detail.
I would rate this book higher if God was really present in it, in a more personal way, and not just in the from of Sunday-morning church.
Still, for a secular book, it was clean, and in every other aspect an excellent read.
I still can't imagine how a home-schooled 16-year-old could portray human nature so well.
I will be watching this author from now on.
I received this beautiful hard-cover book from Zondervan for review.
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May 13, 2012
Interesting and intriguing
Zondervan provided me with this book free for the purpose of review.
The story unfolds as Alcyone, the fourteen year old daughter of a single mom, awakens her daughter to see the stars at 2:52AM. Mom is a lady that wants her daughter to enjoy and experience many things so a 2:52 AM wake up to look at stars is not uncommon. Mom was talented in so many areas voice, piano, poetry and reading to her precious daughter for many hours. Reading led Alcyone to a deep relationship with Emily Dickinson and her works. Alcyone and her mom were blessed in their relationship that would always be Alcyone's strength and courage. It would also be her greatest point of distrust. In a single moment Alcyone is faced with circumstances she can neither prevent nor control and at 14 that is mind boggling.
Sam Carroll, that annoying classmate of Alcyone's forever was over to bring a birthday present. Not because Alcyone wanted one from him but because he was Sam and that was what he did. He cannot fix her circumstances but .......... Sam appears in and out of Alcyone's life more than one time and you will need to read the book to see it.
Rachel Coker is a homeschool student in Virginia who is now publishing her first book. She has done an outstanding job in her first historical fiction novel. The intrigue and mystery is fascinating. I definitely enjoyed the book and I feel privileged to be able to encourage this young woman in her writing.
May 1, 2012