Monday, June 16, 2014

Review - Breaking Free by SM Koz

Kelsie Sullivan’s life has changed forever. The once outgoing cheerleader has a secret to hide. The car accident that killed her best friend Jenna? She caused it. 

With an absent father and unforgiving stepmother, Kelsie has nowhere to turn. She manages her guilt and grief with razor blades. The fleeting release she experiences becomes an obsession and soon she can no longer hide it. Once her cutting is revealed, Kelsie’s parents enroll her in a Wilderness Therapy program designed to rehabilitate troubled teens, but North Carolina is a world away from California. 

Kelsie fights against everything the program has to offer until she befriends JC, a boy with a tortured past of his own. He’s also the only one who is able to ease her pain. The two grow close, but quickly discover that nature—both human and elemental—can easily rip them apart.

Disclaimer: This book contains adult language, sexual themes, and explicit self-harm behavior. Parental discretion is recommended for those under 15 years of age

I love a good emotional book, and when I read the synopsis for this book, I just knew it would be perfect for me.
Kelsie is a teenager who has experienced an awful tragedy, and she blames herself for it. Jenna, her best friend, is killed in a car accident, while the girls are on their way to the beach. Kelsie blames herself, because Jenna didn't really want to go. Kelsie is left feeling alone in a world without her best friend, and without a support system. Her dad is too involved with work, and her stepmom treats her like crap. She turns to a life of cutting, the one thing that can give her some reprieve from the hell she is in. She tries to hide it from her family, but is soon caught by her stepmom, who sends her to a wilderness program, to try to 'help' her.

She is currently at home, after the wilderness therapy. She is there with her Nanny Marta. The book shows us back and forth scenes that play out as she is reading from the journal of JC. We get to see what happened in the woods and her reactions to what he has written. You can see how close JC and Mal (Kelsie) become, but there is something hidden that JC won't reveal. We are also shown what has happened to lead her to being home...

Good times and bad times happen in the woods. You soon learn why most of the characters are in the program. You see the friendships develop, and you feel the fear from the one group member who is always lurking, never part of the group.

A few accidents and a fight between Bling and JC cause them to be forced to leave the program..... but unfortunately, tragedy strikes and the craziness ensues.

I won't say what happens next, because I could never convey into words the true feelings that I felt.
This book gave me the emotions that I was looking for. It was a great insight into how Kelsie felt with her cutting. I wanted to crawl into the book and throttle her stepmom.

This book is full of beauty and tragedy. I loved all the emotions that I felt.
Five stars

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*Due date- August 1, 2014 *

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