Hello everybody! I'm Cambria, a guest blogger for A Book Without Pages! I love books and I love writing. Sometimes when I read books I have to put them down just to think about the story! That's how much I love reading. So hopefully I can review this book and help you, the readers, love books as much as me.
When the Bough Breaks
By Kay Lynn Mangum; Dessert Book 2007
Summary:Rachel Fletcher thought the biggest secret she'd ever have would be her crush on Jason West. But everything changes the night her father dies in a car accident--an accident she believes is all her fault. Starting high school is hard enough but carrying her secret guilt, enduring her mother's depression, and, worst of all, dealing with the alcoholism of her seventeen-year-old brother Ryan, plunge Rachel into a world she never wanted or imagined. Add to all that the unwelcome intrusion of a stepfather and a teenage stepbrother--a stepbrother she doesn't want to like but can't help liking. Maybe too much. It isn't long before Rachel feels totally overwhelmed. Things like this aren't supposed to happen to good LDS people, so why are they happening to her? She's praying for Heavenly Father's help. Why isn't he listening? With two new people living in her home, nothing can remain a secret for long. Rachel learns that Heavenly Father doesn't always answer our prayers in the way that we want, but he does answer them--in his own time, usually through other people, and often in unexpected ways.
Review: This book was very well written. Rachel Fletcher shows extreme courage throughout the entire book! Her dedication to her family is incredible. When her father dies, Rachel feels like it is entirely her fault. When her mother remarries, Rachel feels more pressured then ever. The only thing that makes her feel better is poetry and creative writing. This book was pretty good, but sad. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Watch Out For: minimal cussing, extreme drinking, and sexual tension.