A Book Review: Cheerleading Can Be Murder

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Carissa Ann Lynch wants us to believe in a cheerleader gone sociopath amongst a group of other cheerleaders whose primary goal in life is to make the cheer squad.  I remember those days.  I am far beyond them now.  So, at first I was a little skeptical, as you can imagine.  For someone who reads mainly non-fiction I wasn’t sure I could fall in love with a few fictionalized teens fighting over who does the best splits.

Then, Carissa got me.  Her talent at weaving depth into her characters, the way she ebbs and flows naturally with events, and her outstanding ability to create surprise and ethos was absolutely what pulled me in, and kept me there.

This is a great book for both teenage girls and their mom’s.  It is a flowing tale that teaches us the raw truth of navigating the teen years while attempting to be a balanced young woman.  The relationships in this novel will remind both you or your daughter that drama is temporary but love is forever.

Without giving too much away, I will tell you that I am already reading the second book in this series and cannot wait to discover more of the journey; party because I love her writing and partly because I have a 17 year old at home and Clarissa’s writing reminds me not to take the drama so seriously. 🙂  Way to write my friend, keep it up.

To purchase Lynch’s first book in this series head here now!

 

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Book Review: Moon Over Alcatraz

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Patricia Delagrange’s novel, Moon Over Alcatraz, will pull at your heart strings and leave you breathlessly in love with her characters.  The author develops the main character, Brandy, as first having it all together in life.  The career, the money, the valiant husband, the up and coming new baby; suffice it say she has it all.  As her story unfolds we watch Brandy become more transparent as she faces trauma after trauma in life, unfolding into a multi-faceted woman.  The relationships in this novel are well developed, with a bit of a turn key surprise with one of them.  Brandy’s journey towards self discovery and true happiness is the theme for this story and as you read her walk towards enlightenment it is difficult not to become her biggest fan.

With her marriage falling apart after the loss of her first born daughter, Brandy struggles to pull it together.  She is suffering from Post-Partum depression and in the midst of this pain, her husband, Weston, leaves her for a business trip to New York.  Alone and dealing with the painful loss of a child, Brandy attempts to deal with her depression on her own. In the meantime, Weston, at a loss for words to help his wife, struggles with her pulling away from him.  Each of them make a choice that significantly changes their entire world.

The novel begins here, but follows a path of painful truths along the way towards true happiness.  You will not be disappointed in Moon Over Alcatraz!  Get your copy now!

 

About the Author

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Patricia attended St. Mary’s College, studied her junior year at the University of Madrid, received a B.A. in Spanish at UC Santa Barbara then went on to get a Master’s degree in Education at Oregon State University. She lives with her husband and two teenage children in Alameda, across the bay from San Francisco, along with two very large chocolate labs, Annabella and Jack. Her Friesian horse Maximus lives in the Oakland hills in a stall with a million dollar view.