Today I have the pleasure of reviewing A Life Redefined by Tracy Hewitt Meyer.
Blurb: 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?
My Review: Wow where to begin. This is such a great young adult book. It touches on so many problems that can beset young people today. Dealing with the deep emotional scars Rowan manages to also show a strength and resiliency that we can only admire. Convinced that she caused the death of her baby bother when she was only ten she can only find relief from the guilt by cutting herself. Try as she might she still resorts to this behavior as her home life continues to unravel. We see a truly dysfunctional family where her mom is a compulsive over-eater unable to function in the role of mother as she deals with her own hidden guilt. A younger sister that ends up pregnant and a abusive and emotionally distant father who only feels trapped by his family. Rowan feels her only hope is do well in school and get out of the family as soon as she can. The author does a great job bringing all of this to a boil in an unexpected twist. Kudos to her for a story well written. I, though far from the young adult age, really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone. I have no problem giving this book a 5 star review.