ok who’s genius idea was it to put the ‘Publish’ button right next to the ‘Preview’ button and let airheads like me use WordPress only to end up embarrassing myself but making stupid mistakes such as prESSING THE WRONG BUTTON????
Also, to all my email subscribers, so so sorry about that, for spamming your inbox and giving you a false notice, regardless of whether you bother to even open the email notification. I swear it isn’t like some ploy to get more hits on my blog or something. Does anyone even do that?? Does anyone even think of it?? My mind goes wild in panic mode so that random thought came up. Uhh why don’t we just sweep this whole incident under the rug and move on to the review?
!! possible minor spoilers ahead. read at your own risk !!
Girl on the Brink
by Christina Hoag
Genre: YA Romance/Thriller
Publisher: Fire and Ice YA/Melange Books
Publication Date: 30 August 2016
Sometimes the one you love isn’t the one you’re meant to be with.
The summer before senior year, Chloe starts an internship as a reporter at a local newspaper. While on assignment, she meets Kieran, a quirky aspiring actor. Chloe becomes smitten with Kieran’s charisma and his ability to soothe her soul, torn over her parents’ impending divorce. But as their bond deepens, Kieran becomes smothering and flies into terrifying rages. He confides in Chloe that he suffered a traumatic childhood, and Chloe is moved to help him. If only he could be healed, she thinks, their relationship would be perfect. But her efforts backfire, and Kieran turns violent. Chloe breaks up with him, but Kieran pursues her relentlessly to make up. Chloe must make the heartrending choice between saving herself or saving Kieran, until Kieran’s mission of remorse turns into a quest for revenge.
“An engrossing tale of a dangerous teen romance.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Girl on the Brink is a must have for every high school and public library.” – Isabelle Kane, Wisconsin high school librarian
I don’t actually know much about the topic of domestic abuse but I felt that this is a meaningful and empowering book on the topic.
I love Kieran, the good Kieran, not the crazy Kieran.
But one comes with the other.
Chloe and Kieran’s relationship seems to be perfect at first. They understand each other’s pain, do not judge the other for his/her past, they trust each other wholeheartedly (or at least Chloe does) and most importantly, they love each other. But just like how it was formed, it can crumble away just as easily.
I wish I could help him. He told me he just wanted me to love him.
Love. Wholehearted, pure, simple.
“All you need is love,” like that old song goes. That’s all I can do―love Kieran.
Even though I didn’t always agree with Chloe’s choices, I couldn’t bring myself to hate her, or even dislike her in the slightest because I understood perfectly every action she took. She has finally found someone who understands her, someone who she can abide in, and she doesn’t want to let this relationship go so easily. At first, she tries to rationalise Kieran’s mood swings. “Maybe he’s just tired after a long day at work. Maybe I really am in the wrong.” When it got worse, she proactively tries to help him. “If I can fix him, then our relationship will be perfect.” I couldn’t get annoyed at her for not leaving him sooner, but rather I felt sad towards her. She desperately wants this relationship to work out, but Kieran isn’t doing anything to help.
I can’t trust him. The only thing I can do is go along
with whatever he wants so he stays calm.
I liked the inclusion of the neighbourhood police department. When they first appeared 80% into the book, I was apprehensive. “What are they doing here? Is this a plot twist? Is there enough time for a police investigation to pan out?” But the opposite happened. The P.D. is there to show the lack of help these victims of domestic abuse get, not just in small towns like the one depicted in Girl on the Brink, because these cases just get buried under other investigations that have deemed as ‘more important’.
Violence happens to people on TV, in newspapers. Not to an A student, a reporter.
But it did happen to me. I’ve become one of those people.
How? How did that happen?
Girl on the Brink is a very insightful and impactful book that I think all should read, regardless of gender. Domestic abuse is not okay, no matter what form it comes in or who is the one carrying it out. No matter what sort of troubled past your partner has had, there is absolutely no reason for him/her to abuse you and no reason for one to put up with any sort of abuse. Learn to see the signs, prevent it or get help.
As I drive home, I think that maybe I’ll never fully get over Kieran.
You go through an emotional earthquake like that, and it’s going to stay with you.
But you have to stop being afraid of it.
ABOUT TEEN DATING VIOLENCE
Abusive relationships are widespread, cutting across socioeconomic, racial and ethnic, religious and gender preference lines. One in three high school girls experience dating violence, while more than half of college-aged women reported experiencing controlling behavior in a relationship. Eighty-nine percent of female college students said they were unable to recognize the signs of an abusive relationship, and a third of teens involved in intimate partner violence ever told anyone about it.
For more information, see http://www.breakthecycle.org/dating-violence-research.
Christina Hoag is the author of Girl on the Brink, a romantic thriller for young adults (Fire and Ice YA/Melange Books, August 2016) and Skin of Tattoos, a literary thriller set in L.A.’s gang underworld (Martin Brown Publishing, September 2016). She is a former reporter for the Associated Press and Miami Herald and worked as a correspondent in Latin America writing for major media outlets including Time, Business Week, Financial Times, the Houston Chronicle and The New York Times. She is the co-author of Peace in the Hood: Working with Gang Members to End the Violence, a groundbreaking book on gang intervention (Turner Publishing, 2014). She resides in Los Angeles. For more information, see www.christinahoag.com.
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