Monday, April 28, 2014

Blog Tour: Falling to Pieces by Jamie Canosa

Suffering the bitter tongues of her alcoholic mother and cruel boyfriend, Jade struggles just to look at herself in the mirror. She hates her life, her insecurities, her ineptitudes, but most of all . . . Jade hates herself. She wants nothing more than to disappear, and everyone seems happy to let her. Until Kiernan Parks moves back into town. 

Jade’s been crushing on him ever since kindergarten, when his family moved away. But now he’s back, and looking better than ever. 
Hiding is a way of life for Jade, but Kiernan insists on uncovering the real girl he’s sees trapped inside her. On drawing her out of her shell, and showing her that she is someone worthy of love. 

Together, they fight back the darkness she’s living in. But when they finally step into the light, will the secret Kiernan’s been trying to keep buried destroy Jade, once and for all? 

For some people, happy endings are a fairytale.

4 Star Review by Jennifer Hagen

 I have read Jamie’s Fight or Flight series and while they were very good, she has pushed herself to excel in her writing style and emotionally charged storyline to surpass her previous works.  While her stories may be geared more towards young adult as the characters are in their teens, she brings an uplifting message in these books that all of should heed by – enjoy life and don’t take for granted what you have.

Jade is beginning her senior year of high school and she just wants to hide inside herself, being careful to not even form a shadow.  She is constantly belittled by her alcoholic mother and her boyfriend, Doug.  She doesn’t see the beauty in herself and she definitely doesn’t believe she has anything to offer anybody.  She is happy that Doug chooses her to spend his time with and she has accepted his snarky comments as the price of acceptance.   She has let their words eat away at her self-confidence and lets them use her as a scape goat, never once using her voice to speak her thoughts.   I was fighting back tears as she went through her daily struggles just trying to be accepted.

Every day is the same for Jade.  Her alcoholic mother shows no love for Jade and her boyfriend degrades her.  Her life is the same cycle – wash, rinse, repeat.  That is until the first day of school when a vision from her past returns to town.  Kiernan and Jade met when they were 5 years old and this is the first time they have seen each other in 12 years.   Kiernan is full of life and he wants Jade to see that life can be fun.  He has made it his mission to be certain that Jade has moments in life that make her smile.

“Life doesn’t last forever, Jade.  You can’t forget to live it.”

Kiernan has a beautiful soul.  You can’t help but smile when he’s around.  He makes life fun and sees the beauty in all that life can offer him.  He never takes a day for granted.  He is willing to stand up for Jade and take the hits.

“Enough is enough.  This has to stop, Jade.  And you have to be the one to stop it.”

Jade and Kiernan develop a strong friendship that cannot be separated by any force …or is there something that can tear them apart?  Kiernan is holding back something very important and when the truth is out will Jade be strong enough to stand by him?  Has Kiernan given her enough life lessons to allow her inner strength to persevere? 

I felt my heart break and couldn’t believe that I’d survive.  That I was still capable of feeling anything at all.  To literally feel your heart crack wide open and live…I almost wished I hadn’t.  The pain was like nothing I’d ever experienced before.

I was completely blindsided about 70% in.  After this I had to wipe away my tears with a finger swipe and eventually this escalated into using my pajama shirt.  By the time I finished my shirt was wet, my eyes were sore and  I had dried tears on my cheeks.  But I loved every heart-aching minute of it.     It’s a beautiful story of having that one person lead you out of the depths of despair and help you on the path to self discovery, only to find a one-of-a-kind love along the way.   This is the first book in the series with a novella and another full-length book to be released.


Author Info:
Jamie Canosa is a full time author of YA/NA literature, which she absolutely loves. When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. She currently resides in Upstate NY with her husband, and their three crazy kids . . . plus the cat, the bird, and the rabbit.

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