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{A Life, Forward: Tracy Hewitt Meyer}A Life, Forward by Tracy Hewitt Meyer
Series: A Rowan Slone Novel
Published by Cerulean Publishing on April 5, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Realistic Fiction, Romance
Pages: 222
Format: eBook
Source: Read for Review
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{Synopsis} – Her father is gone. Her mother is in jail. And Rowan Slone has left her dysfunctional, violent past behind. With college looming on the horizon, she has a new job that she loves, and a safe place to call home. She is close to achieving everything she ever wanted-a sense of family, a sense of purpose, and a sense of self.

But there are cracks in Rowan's life that threaten to send her future crumbling to the ground. When her relationship begins to suffer, her father returns and her long-held secret is discovered, Rowan must find the courage to fight for the most important thing yet-herself.

{My Thoughts} – Rowan, such a sweet yet incredibly troubled girl. I understand how she feels, I get what she has had to deal with and is forced to deal with. She has one bang up family that is for certain. My heart breaks just reading about all the pain she has had to endure over the years. Things don’t seem to get much easier for her in this book. She still is forced to deal with so much pain, but she has found better ways in which she manages to cope with that pain. Poetry is a good coping method and even though it is short and brief, the poems used, you can still feel the pain beneath them, the pain that they are portraying. The pain that she is forced to feel and shows in her words.

I really enjoyed this book, it let us learn more about Rowan and her relationship with Mike and his parents. It also let us learn about Jess her best friend. I really like her because she is a bookworm and well she’s got interesting fashion sense. Like Rowan, Jess is one confused girl, both girls are just trying to sort out their lives, to figure out what is next for them once they leave High School.

Rowan hasn’t had much in the family support department from her own family, but she has tons from Mikes. I suppose it helped her out a lot that they fell for one another since his mom had empty nest syndrome going on. It’s amazing how lucky some individuals can be when they fall in with the right people. Sometimes being noticed by the right person can be a good thing and in her case I think it was. It got her out of her families care where she’d been poorly treated and into a house that taught her about love and better ways to be around people that care about you.

I laughed some, I cried some, but mostly I just related with Rowan and Jess and their story within the pages of this book. If you enjoyed the first book I am sure that you will without a doubt enjoy this book. I look forward to reading the next book in this series!

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.