Title: A Life Redefined
(Rowan Slone #1)
Author: Tracey Hewitt Meyer
Length: 200 pages
Publisher: Cerulean Publishing
Rating: 5 Stars
Seven years ago, an innocent act by Rowan Slone turned her life into a nightmare. Since the age of ten she's lived with the burden of her baby brother's death. Now she is seventeen and all she wants to do is graduate high school, go to college, and escape the loveless family she has endured all these years—the same family that holds her responsible for his death. But no one holds her responsible more than herself.
When long-time crush Mike Anderson invites her to the Prom, suddenly her future looks brighter. Rowan's younger sister, Trina, however, is determined to ruin her new-found happiness, no matter the cost. And when Rowan discovers her mother’s long-held secret, she finds herself teetering on the edge of an abyss. Can Rowan find the strength to move toward the future or is she doomed to dwell in the past? -Goodreads
This is a very hard book to stomach.
The reason for this being that main character, Rowan Slone, is made to be the scapegoat for all of her family's many dysfunctions. A problem, it seems that has been going on for so long that it has become an institutionalized coping mechanism for people doing anything but.
Her father is a corrections officer at the local prison, and her mother, a depressed and food addicted housewife, who can't seem to find her way out of bed most days.
Add to this max, a spoiled younger sister, determined to have her way at all costs, and more than happy to not only blame Rowan for her mistakes, but bring trouble to Rowan's friends.
How Rowan manages to make it to her junior year of high school, with good grades, friends, and even a boyfriend in senior, soccer star, Mike Anderson, is a question for the ages.
Her only vice...
The little red lines that score her skin when the pain and blame of her caged life become to much to bear.
This is a wonderfully crafted and truly heartfelt story of one person's quest to not only survive her past, but to strive toward her future.
It has to be said that this is book one in a series.
Though it may be read as a standalone, the questions as to the direction of Rowan's future.
Though the main catalyst for the majority of Rowan's pain lies in the loss of her brother Aidan.
This can not be said to be her most pressing one.
It is however, the one that seems to haunt her.
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