Heart on a Chain
17-year-old Kate has lived her whole life in abject poverty, with an alcoholic father and drug-addicted mother, who severely abuses Kate. At school, her second-hand clothing marks her as a target. Her refusal to stand up for herself makes her the recipient of her classmates taunts and bullying. That is, until Henry returns. Henry Jamison moved away six years earlier, just as he and Kate had begun to develop feelings for one another. He returns to find the bright, funny, outgoing girl he had known now timidly hiding in corners, barely speaking to anyone around her, suspicious of even him. Kate can't figure out what game Henry is playing with her - for surely it is a game. What else would the gorgeous, popular boy from her past want with her? Kate finally decides to trust Henry's intentions, opening her heart to him. Just when it seems he might be genuine in his friendship, tragedy strikes, threatening everything Kate has worked so hard to gain. Can Henry help her to overcome this new devastation, or will it tear them apart forever?

Heart on a Chain Details

TitleHeart on a Chain
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 15th, 2011
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Romance, Sociology, Abuse, Contemporary, High School

Heart on a Chain Review

  • Alex
    January 1, 1970
    What the fuck? I cannot understand how people are giving it 5-star reviews because this was one of the worst things I've ever read.I couldn't believe the whole book was so black and white. Kate, a victim of horrible abuse at the hands of her mother, has been ridiculed by her peers for her appearance for years. In fact, they physically abuse her too (wtf that scene)! But her knight on a white horse comes to her rescue in the form of Henry, her friend from childhood who has recently moved back to What the fuck? I cannot understand how people are giving it 5-star reviews because this was one of the worst things I've ever read.I couldn't believe the whole book was so black and white. Kate, a victim of horrible abuse at the hands of her mother, has been ridiculed by her peers for her appearance for years. In fact, they physically abuse her too (wtf that scene)! But her knight on a white horse comes to her rescue in the form of Henry, her friend from childhood who has recently moved back to town. Henry is The Perfect Man. He's rich, kind, generous, and has loved Kate ever since they were little...even though he moved away.Henry finds Kate irresistible. In fact, we are told that Kate's beauty is what her peers, especially the girls, hate about her. It Cannot Be Diminished By Her Circumstances. Henry has no problem getting Kate to fall in love with him, though she refuses to tell him about her home life. Which, in all fairness, is really really horrible.But the whole thing was gross. Kate had no autonomy. Henry saved her. He swooped in and literally is her salvation. She isn't able to do anything without him. Also, everyone loves Kate. Everyone who matters, that is. Which is Henry and his whole wonderful family. THEY LOVE HER IMMEDIATELY. THEY ARE THE PERFECT FAMILY. HIS MOTHER MAKES PUMPKIN SOUP AND SERVES IT IN HOLLOW PUMPKINS. HIS GRANDFATHER GIVES HER $1000 SIMPLY BECAUSE HE CAN SEE THAT SHE IS HENRY'S SOULMATE.And why? I don't know. Kate is always telling herself that she doesn't deserve him and he's too good for her and, well, he's her only friend. GROSS. This story could have totally set Kate up as an awesome female protagonist, doing the best despite her circumstances, and using her own tools to love Henry AND to escape her abuse, but instead it's Henry who does everything for her. I mean, don't men always?Henry even proposes at the end, even though they're 17. I don't know what 13-year-old wrote this book, but it was atrocious. It's some pathetic fantasy concocted out of soap opera-worthy melodrama, written by a woman who clearly believes that only men can save battered women. I had trouble believing that this book actually existed and that I was reading it. But, you know, why shouldn't it be? Millions of idiots love Twilight; why shouldn't they also love this piece of trash?EDIT: The more I think about this book, the more upset I am. I actually think this is one of those novels doing a disservice to young women living with domestic violence because it tells them that only a man can come save them. This will make it far more likely for these young women to go from one abusive situation into another one, becoming emotionally dependent on their "savior", and unable to develop their independence. For example, Kate, who leaves her mother only to go to Henry.(Let's not even go into Kate's mother's depression and mental illness, which is an incredibly sad story in itself...)This isn't to say that Henry isn't a paragon of virtue, because apparently he's the Greatest Dude Ever. Which is awesome for Kate and all, since that really could've ended poorly. But Bennett could have easily EASILY made Kate the hero of her own story. I know I'm getting all rah-rah feminist (WHICH I HAPPEN TO THINK IS GREAT), but honestly, I saw this kind of stuff every day with my young female clients. That being said, this thing was just crock full of shit. I apparently forgot to address the part where the Mean Girl bully beats the crap out of Kate at school. Like, physically, on the floor of the girls' bathroom, beats the crap out of her. It's needlessly violent and gratuitous. But once the truth about Kate's home life is revealed, suddenly the bully is all apologetic and weepy. Like, "SORRY FOR BEATING YOU UP. I THOUGHT YOU WERE ALL GROSS AND SMELLY AND STUFF. I TOTES WOULDN'T HAVE DONE THAT IF I KNEW YOU WERE GETTING BEATEN ON AT HOME. MY B." And Kate's all, "NBD, girl, I got you."YEAH.THAT HAPPENS.AND THEN THEY BECOME FRIENDS.So...what's the message I'm getting here? That it was okay for her to beat Kate up had Kate NOT been from an abusive home? Or, maybe, and I'm going out on a limb here, Bennett could have made it clear that such bullying and violence is abhorrent under ANY circumstance. I'm not saying that Bennett was condoning the physical and emotional bullying by justifying it like that. I'm saying that was how it read in the book and I just wish that Jessica (was that her name?) could have undergone her own transformation in a different way as well.In conclusion: if you're a sane person with rational ideas about how people should treat each other and you like strong female characters, you're probs going to want to throw your ebook reader against the wall. I wish I could give this NEGATIVE STARS. I know I shouldn't expect YA authors to be role models, BUT THEY ARE, because youth read their books and are influenced by them and TAKE THEM TO HEART. And that's why books like this and Twilight INFURIATE me. At least Henry doesn't creep into Kate's bedroom to watch her sleep. We should be telling young women that THEY ARE STRONG AND THEY ARE THE PROTAGONISTS OF THEIR OWN STORY AND THEY SHOULD NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THEMSELVES. We should never, ever tell them that they can only be someone in relation to someone else.THE END FOR REALZ.
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  • Sita
    January 1, 1970
    Heart on a chain is such a beautiful book, let me just start by saying that I rarely ever cry during books. I cried reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and that was about it. I am not saying that I never cry. I cry. I cried watching despicable me, for goodness sake. I saw it in the theatres and my friend was silently laughing while these silent tears rolled down my cheeks. I went into a hysterical fit while watching Bambi and Dumbo. I even laugh so hard I cry at the dinner table; yep I’m a cr Heart on a chain is such a beautiful book, let me just start by saying that I rarely ever cry during books. I cried reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and that was about it. I am not saying that I never cry. I cry. I cried watching despicable me, for goodness sake. I saw it in the theatres and my friend was silently laughing while these silent tears rolled down my cheeks. I went into a hysterical fit while watching Bambi and Dumbo. I even laugh so hard I cry at the dinner table; yep I’m a cryer. But for some reason, I rarely ever cry during a book, so to bring so much emotion from me (a crying but not crying person), has to be an achievement.What can I say? This book was amazing, it was everything a good book should be, it was heart-warming, it had amazing (not all good) characters, it had an amazing hero and heroine, it had a great plot and it was really well written. What can I say? I loved it. Because I am terrible at giving reviews, I normally just rant on forever, I am going to make a list describing the book.1. Heart on a chain is about Kate, a girl whose mother beats her, her father is practically un-aware (I’m sure he knows what’s going on but he does nothing to stop it). So, Kate has spent the last 6 years of high school and middle school being the laughing stock of the schools. Because she is poor, does not defend herself and because they can. This all starts to change when her old friend Henry moves back to town. Henry use to be Kate's best friend and maybe for a little while something more. Henry comes back to this girl who is a shell of the girl he knew. Over time they become friends and then when everything is settling down, maybe something more.2. So, it had a good plot and there were enough twists and turns to keep you interested (so much that I was thoroughly shocked at some parts of the book), I have never before read a book with any resemblance to a plot like this. It was original and interesting and I stayed up (not studying for a test) to read this (totally worth it)!3. Now onto the characters, the author wrote the characters so well, there were some that you wanted to hate because of what they did and then you see their past and you learn why they are like that, lot’s of mixed emotions. There were a few characters (especially the main ones) that you just instantly loved; they had normal flaws, flaws that us as humans (and some aliens) have too. Yes, there were parts of the book where I wanted to slap Kate for being such an idiot (I refrained myself). But that’s what a good book has. It has us so emotionally vested in a character that we want to do that. This book sure has a lot of that.This book is a great read, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a good read, it may be out of your usual genre of books but give it a go, with the beautifully written characters and story, you may be pleasantly surprised.
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  • Nicole Williams
    January 1, 1970
    This was a book that I walked away from feeling like it had made me a better person. Heart on a Chain reminded me to stand up for those who are unable to stand up for themselves and to never judge a "girl" by her cover. Masterfully written, emotion-invoking, and a happy ending. This was book love for me.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    If you feel like torturing yourself, go ahead and read this. Heart on a Chain is as heart-wrenching, gut-clenching and tear-jerking as it gets. I devoured this in almost no time; ending up a sobbing mess more than just once. Kate’s fate is awful and her story painful to read but on the other hand there are a lot of beautiful moments and Henry truly is an angel. I really enjoyed this, even if the story got a little overdramatic at times but altogether I’m glad I’ve read this.
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  • Kelli
    January 1, 1970
    My apologies to the author, because she has accomplished more than I ever will just by publishing a book. And it takes a lot of guts to put yourself out there. I really had high hopes for this book from all of the glowing reviews, and normally I love a good, angsty love story, but this? I couldn't even finish. This story is just trying too hard at everything. This Poor Girl's life is HORRIBLE. I get it. And the Hero Who Rides Back Into Town to Save Her is AMAZING. And the Poor Girl's mother and My apologies to the author, because she has accomplished more than I ever will just by publishing a book. And it takes a lot of guts to put yourself out there. I really had high hopes for this book from all of the glowing reviews, and normally I love a good, angsty love story, but this? I couldn't even finish. This story is just trying too hard at everything. This Poor Girl's life is HORRIBLE. I get it. And the Hero Who Rides Back Into Town to Save Her is AMAZING. And the Poor Girl's mother and father are EVIL. And the Hero's family is WONDERFUL. I. Get. It.Abuse in any form is terrible, and it happens everywhere, everyday to way too many good and innocent people (and animals). But what happened to Kate in this book, it just felt like TOO MUCH. Like, let's imagine every possible horrible thing that can happen and then add more horrible things to it. Everyone, everywhere, beats up on this girl, until magically an old childhood crush moves back and rescues her (after much drama and angst and horribleness to make Kate look even more pathetic and Henry even more wonderful). Subtle, this story is not.I also could just tell Kate was going to kill her mother in self-defense at some point. And that too just felt again like the book was trying too hard to shock me, that that plot point was used to add to the angst and make Kate even more a mess for Henry to clean up.I stopped reading after she killed her mother, so in all fairness, this book could've redeemed itself by the end. Possibly. But I couldn't make it that far. I REALLY tried. I just...couldn't. The glaring grammatical errors also did not further the case for me to finish this book. That was the only thing I did feel like crying about while reading Heart on a Chain.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the character development and the slow reveal of what happened to the main character. At the beginning, Kate just seems shy and meek. Eventually you find out that she has a lot of issues that she has kept hidden for such a long time. When you feel like this poor girl just can't keep going, finally there is relief with the appearance of Henry. Henry's persistance and good nature is a welcomed sunshine into their gloomy life. Sadly, the terror comes to a head, but Henry and his family step I loved the character development and the slow reveal of what happened to the main character. At the beginning, Kate just seems shy and meek. Eventually you find out that she has a lot of issues that she has kept hidden for such a long time. When you feel like this poor girl just can't keep going, finally there is relief with the appearance of Henry. Henry's persistance and good nature is a welcomed sunshine into their gloomy life. Sadly, the terror comes to a head, but Henry and his family step up and take care of Kate.I would really like to have a sequel for this book to see how things progress.
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  • Sandy
    January 1, 1970
    Cindy C. Bennett, you know how to make me cry. I'm not much of a book crier, but you've made me weep through not just one book, but TWO. You have some magic button that just unleashes my tear ducts so that I find myself sobbing while reading. And then, you add these crazy-good, awwww endings that make me smile through my tears. May we have some more, please?I devoured Cindy's book Geek Girl and couldn't stop thinking about it. Her writing and characters draw me in and make me feel like I'm prese Cindy C. Bennett, you know how to make me cry. I'm not much of a book crier, but you've made me weep through not just one book, but TWO. You have some magic button that just unleashes my tear ducts so that I find myself sobbing while reading. And then, you add these crazy-good, awwww endings that make me smile through my tears. May we have some more, please?I devoured Cindy's book Geek Girl and couldn't stop thinking about it. Her writing and characters draw me in and make me feel like I'm present for everything--that I'm watching my best friend live these events. I have now read BOTH of Cindy's books in one sitting each because I care so much about these characters that I can't stop without knowing the conclusion of their story.While Geek Girl is a little lighter, a littler fluffier, Heart on a Chain tackles some serious issues: abuse and bullying. You can't read this book without it making you want to be a nicer, better person. It exposes the effects of bullying in a way that tore at my heart. It showed how a plea for help may be stifled or go unnoticed because bullying has isolated and destroyed someone to the point where there's no one she can trust to protect her from unimaginable horrors at home. A particular conversation between Kate and a tormentor at the end had me WEEPING as the tormentor realized what her bullying had done--how she had made sure Kate had no friends...and thus no one to confide her terrible secret to.Every mean girl needs to read this book.Bad boys, move aside. Cindy sure knows how to write the white knight. Her heroes are squeaky clean and devoted, and it's refreshing to see the anti-jerk get some page time. Cindy's boys are so...non-judgy. Henry and Kate share some sweet chemistry, and Henry's epilogue at the end had me awwwwing because it was so adorable. (Yes, Henry, ADORABLE.) While the events may border a tiny bit on melodramatic at times, Heart on a Chain made me want to stamp out bullying and sprinkle friendship and kind words all around. I can't think of a better way to teach teenagers the effects of bullying. This is a story of abuse, redeeming love, and forgiveness that's unforgettable.
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  • Rejane
    January 1, 1970
    Not a review. Just a reminderFrom Nov 15, 2011 Alex(view spoiler)[Ale** spoiler alert ** What the fuck? I cannot understand how people are giving it 5-star reviews because this was one of the worst things I've ever read.I couldn't believe the whole book was so black and white. Kate, a victim of horrible abuse at the hands of her mother, has been ridiculed by her peers for her appearance for years. In fact, they physically abuse her too (wtf that scene)! But her knight on a white horse comes to h Not a review. Just a reminderFrom Nov 15, 2011 Alex(view spoiler)[Ale** spoiler alert ** What the fuck? I cannot understand how people are giving it 5-star reviews because this was one of the worst things I've ever read.I couldn't believe the whole book was so black and white. Kate, a victim of horrible abuse at the hands of her mother, has been ridiculed by her peers for her appearance for years. In fact, they physically abuse her too (wtf that scene)! But her knight on a white horse comes to her rescue in the form of Henry, her friend from childhood who has recently moved back to town. Henry is The Perfect Man. He's rich, kind, generous, and has loved Kate ever since they were little...even though he moved away.Henry finds Kate irresistible. In fact, we are told that Kate's beauty is what her peers, especially the girls, hate about her. It Cannot Be Diminished By Her Circumstances. Henry has no problem getting Kate to fall in love with him, though she refuses to tell him about her home life. Which, in all fairness, is really really horrible.But the whole thing was gross. Kate had no autonomy. Henry saved her. He swooped in and literally is her salvation. She isn't able to do anything without him. Also, everyone loves Kate. Everyone who matters, that is. Which is Henry and his whole wonderful family. THEY LOVE HER IMMEDIATELY. THEY ARE THE PERFECT FAMILY. HIS MOTHER MAKES PUMPKIN SOUP AND SERVES IT IN HOLLOW PUMPKINS. HIS GRANDFATHER GIVES HER $1000 SIMPLY BECAUSE HE CAN SEE THAT SHE IS HENRY'S SOULMATE.And why? I don't know. Kate is always telling herself that she doesn't deserve him and he's too good for her and, well, he's her only friend. GROSS. This story could have totally set Kate up as an awesome female protagonist, doing the best despite her circumstances, and using her own tools to love Henry AND to escape her abuse, but instead it's Henry who does everything for her. I mean, don't men always?Henry even proposes at the end, even though they're 17. I don't know what 13-year-old wrote this book, but it was atrocious. It's some pathetic fantasy concocted out of soap opera-worthy melodrama, written by a woman who clearly believes that only men can save battered women. I had trouble believing that this book actually existed and that I was reading it. But, you know, why shouldn't it be? Millions of idiots love Twilight; why shouldn't they also love this piece of trash?EDIT: The more I think about this book, the more upset I am. I actually think this is one of those novels doing a disservice to young women living with domestic violence because it tells them that only a man can come save them. This will make it far more likely for these young women to go from one abusive situation into another one, becoming emotionally dependent on their "savior", and unable to develop their independence. For example, Kate, who leaves her mother only to go to Henry.(Let's not even go into Kate's mother's depression and mental illness, which is an incredibly sad story in itself...)This isn't to say that Henry isn't a paragon of virtue, because apparently he's the Greatest Dude Ever. Which is awesome for Kate and all, since that really could've ended poorly. But Bennett could have easily EASILY made Kate the hero of her own story. I know I'm getting all rah-rah feminist (WHICH I HAPPEN TO THINK IS GREAT), but honestly, I saw this kind of stuff every day with my young female clients. That being said, this thing was just crock full of shit. I apparently forgot to address the part where the Mean Girl bully beats the crap out of Kate at school. Like, physically, on the floor of the girls' bathroom, beats the crap out of her. It's needlessly violent and gratuitous. But once the truth about Kate's home life is revealed, suddenly the bully is all apologetic and weepy. Like, "SORRY FOR BEATING YOU UP. I THOUGHT YOU WERE ALL GROSS AND SMELLY AND STUFF. I TOTES WOULDN'T HAVE DONE THAT IF I KNEW YOU WERE GETTING BEATEN ON AT HOME. MY B." And Kate's all, "NBD, girl, I got you."YEAH.THAT HAPPENS.AND THEN THEY BECOME FRIENDS.So...what's the message I'm getting here? That it was okay for her to beat Kate up had Kate NOT been from an abusive home? Or, maybe, and I'm going out on a limb here, Bennett could have made it clear that such bullying and violence is abhorrent under ANY circumstance. I'm not saying that Bennett was condoning the physical and emotional bullying by justifying it like that. I'm saying that was how it read in the book and I just wish that Jessica (was that her name?) could have undergone her own transformation in a different way as well.In conclusion: if you're a sane person with rational ideas about how people should treat each other and you like strong female characters, you're probs going to want to throw your ebook reader against the wall. I wish I could give this NEGATIVE STARS. I know I shouldn't expect YA authors to be role models, BUT THEY ARE, because youth read their books and are influenced by them and TAKE THEM TO HEART. And that's why books like this and Twilight INFURIATE me. At least Henry doesn't creep into Kate's bedroom to watch her sleep. We should be telling young women that THEY ARE STRONG AND THEY ARE THE PROTAGONISTS OF THEIR OWN STORY AND THEY SHOULD NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THEMSELVES. We should never, ever tell them that they can only be someone in relation to someone else. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Anesha †Curious & Obsessive Bookworm†
    January 1, 1970
    As his mouth comes down to mines, my heart lifts free of its burden and soars.I'm back where I belong5 STAR HEARTS~~!!!It gets me so giddy just thinking about it. And gosh dangit don't I love a book that leaves me all fuzzy and warm? Sends me on a roller-coaster, demanding I experience such a simple yet powerful read?This book gone and done itWe enter Kate, who's life is like living hell. All Kate wants to do is be invisible. Get through high school and away from the bullying she's subjected to As his mouth comes down to mines, my heart lifts free of its burden and soars.I'm back where I belong5 STAR HEARTS~~!!!It gets me so giddy just thinking about it. And gosh dangit don't I love a book that leaves me all fuzzy and warm? Sends me on a roller-coaster, demanding I experience such a simple yet powerful read?This book gone and done itWe enter Kate, who's life is like living hell. All Kate wants to do is be invisible. Get through high school and away from the bullying she's subjected to within those walls. Hopes that she can get by another day at home without her mother hitting her... She's constantly walking on thin ice it seems, wondering when the cold will swallow her and numb her completely.I feel stupid, because just thinking about this beautiful book is making me emotional xD.Kate is truly a beautifully strong minded person. She went through so much - more than anyone should ever have to go through. On top of that, she still worked towards pleasing her mom, still remember the past - right down to the very day before all went wrong so many years ago. The emotions in this book seemed almost tangible. The author did a wonderful job in portraying it, helping me to connect with each and everyone of those characters - even the bad ones. She explained things fully, gave an example for the actions, the reasons behind them. I loved that the most, especially given my last read. xD So to have that poured out towards me across those pages were wonderful. It left me emotionally wrecked. I remember reading it at work yesterday and just silently crying like an idiot. The silver lining in all that grey was when Henry was re-introduced. They'd had an innocent relationship back in grade school I think, but sadly he moved away.Upon his arrival, meeting up with her - not once did he shun her. I love that she was still apprehensive of his kindness. She was so messed up over the years that her trust for anyone was completely gone - Even for the boy who got her first and only kiss. He always greeted her - even when she refused to answer him... and he sat with her, never caring that others openly shunned her. Henry was a guy who didn't care what others said or do - he'd do what he saw fit without care. And trying to befriend Kate once more was something he was adamant about.Can I just say - him being a lefty makes him like, a bazillion times hotter? haha... I'm a lefty too and the little detail just to say he's a lefty (and he turns his book like me when writing?) just made me feel closer to him! lol. Yh shut up - am stooopidly in love :P "I want to be your friend," he says and my stomach tightens."You can't be my friend. No one can be my friend. It's social suicide."He reaches out and brushes his fingers lightly over the bandage knotted on my hand, leaving an improbable trail of fire. "I can honestly say that even if that is true, I don't care." I love how she always ran from him, or avoided him. His actions just kept her on edge and it was funny at times. Especially the scene where he literally had to chase her! lolHenry is just so damn amazing. He's popular, doesn't follow the crowd...He's like... EVERYTHING a girl could ever ask for! He's a perfect gentleman! I mean he opens car doors.... Doing things like that? There's no second thought to my final answer;Both Henry and Kate are selfless and the love that gradually grew between them were so rewarding to read....OMG... why do I keep trying to write rational reviews!This book is freakin' amazing!! It not only show the abused life of Kate, it drags you along for the ride, making you experience everything this book has to offer. You'll cry, you'll laugh, have that idiotic smile on your face at times. It's gonna hurt reading certain parts, your throat with dry out, the constriction on your heart will be unbearable.Tears will blur your vision.But it'll all be worth it. I finished this book with a happy sigh. It was a bittersweet departure but I'm really happy I finally got to read it.I absolutely love how everyone gradually accepted her, which only makes Henry that much more amazing. He was subtle but he was adamant. And I loved him for that. He was mature far beyond his age... Omg and the scene of their 2nd kiss (1st since his return) was too amazing. I had this shit eating grin on my face.And it literally felt like my heart had grown wings, threatening to fly away into the safety of Henry... Someone please tell my heart Henry is just fictional?!?!(view spoiler)[But don't try convincing my mind!! :D(view spoiler)[[image error] (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]
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  • Aestas Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    A YA story about surviving child abuse, about learning that everyone is worthy of love, and about the strength of forgiveness. Henry grew up in school with Kate. He fell in love with her on the first day of kindergarten when she befriended him, and with a big smile, made him feel welcome and since then they became best friends. Until, one summer, his family moved away.Six years later, its the senior year of high school. With an alcoholic father who is too drunk to notice that her prescrition-dr A YA story about surviving child abuse, about learning that everyone is worthy of love, and about the strength of forgiveness. Henry grew up in school with Kate. He fell in love with her on the first day of kindergarten when she befriended him, and with a big smile, made him feel welcome and since then they became best friends. Until, one summer, his family moved away.Six years later, its the senior year of high school. With an alcoholic father who is too drunk to notice that her prescrition-drug-addicted mother regularly beats and abuses her at home, and her thrift store clothes making her the target of severe and relentless bullying at school, Kate is a the subject of horrific treatment everywhere she turns. Consequently, she has withdrawn into herself, a survival mechanisn against a world where no where is safe.When she walks into school on the first day back and sees Henry standing there, she is shocked and mortified that he'll see what she's becomes. Henry, however, is the same kind, caring, tender and gentle yet protective guy he always was. He's surprised at the change in her, and does his best to earn her trust. And throughout the book we see her journey as Henry helps her heal, learn to stand up for herself, and begin to truly believe she is worthy of love.I loved Henry's character - what an absolute sweetheart! He was the first person to show her kindness after so many years of being shunned, abused and bullied, the first person to stand up for her, to protect her, to care for her feelings, and to love her. He was utterly devoted to her from start to finish and watching him gently lead her out of her shell by wrapping her in his love and love from his family was really beautiful. "I'm sorry," he says, sincerity in ever line of his body and ringing in his voice. "I'm sorry you had to go through all of that alone. I'm sorry for everything you are going through now. But I promise you one thing." He leans back, taking my face between his hands and gazing intently into my eyes. "You will never be alone again." The physical abuse the Kate suffers at home is horrific and chilling. Pure, downright cruelty. And almost worse than that is seeing how she internalizes the pain and feels unworthy - if her own mother can't love her, how can she be deserving of any love at all? It was just heart breaking to see such a sweet, shy, kind person be treated so brutally.Throughout the book, we get to see the back story behind the abuse - why was Kate's mom so bitter? What made her dad so detached? And we got to see the new beginnings brought about from acceptance and forgiveness.I liked the book, but I didn't love it despite having no specific complaints about it. It was pretty short, I read it in less than a day. The whole feeling of the book was very quiet... I know that's a bit of a weird way to describe a book, but that's how it felt to me. The story progressed at an unrushed pace, never making you feel like you missed any part of the story.....but I don't know, I guess despite liking the story, I just felt a little detached from it. It did almost make me misty eyed once or twice, but it didn't rip out my heart or make me cry ever despite the subject matter being pretty sickening at times. Still, it is a good read, and definitely worth adding to the TBR list.The whole story is told from Kate's POV, except for the prologue and epilogue which is told from Henry's POV. And yes, the story does have a happy ending :)It was definitely YA... very light and non-steamy (just kisses), but very sweet.And someone asked me about this so I'll mention that there is no sexual abuse in this story.Henry and Kate casting:[image error]For more of my reviews, visit Aestas Book BlogAnd come join the Aestas Book Blog Facebook Page
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  • Alexis *Reality Bites*
    January 1, 1970
    Spoiler Free Review5 STAR READGenre: YA RomanceWarning- the subject matter in this book is very raw. If you can not handle reading a book with child abuse i would not suggest you read this book.Heart on a chain is about about a young girl named Kate entering her senior year of high school. Kate's mom is a pill popper and her dad is an alcholic. Home is no fun; dad beats mom, mom beats Kate. And it's not only at home does Kate suffer but at school she is bullied by both the male and female studen Spoiler Free Review5 STAR READGenre: YA RomanceWarning- the subject matter in this book is very raw. If you can not handle reading a book with child abuse i would not suggest you read this book.Heart on a chain is about about a young girl named Kate entering her senior year of high school. Kate's mom is a pill popper and her dad is an alcholic. Home is no fun; dad beats mom, mom beats Kate. And it's not only at home does Kate suffer but at school she is bullied by both the male and female students. On the first day of school Kate see's Henry a childhood friend, Henry wants to befriend Kate again. But because of all the trauma she has endured from other students it takes Kate a while to see that Henry is genuine. Eventually love blossoms btwn the two. Kate get's a chance to see what a family should be when she visits Henry's house. His loving mother, father and sisters all embrace Kate lovingly. But at home the drama and abuse only escalates and becomes a life or death situation. Leaving Kate to fight for her life. ThoughtsThis story was written very well it is an intense ride that shows how a traumatic loss can change a person into someone else completely different. Kate's mom was not always bitter and mean and her father was not always detached. Circumstances lead to their change leaving Kate a victim to their on going crimes as bad parents.Thoughts on Characters-Kate is a very shy girl with very very low self esteem. She does not believe she deserves much in life and it projects from her thoughts to her life she does not realize that she can be and do amazing things. I spent most of the book pitying her. Her dad is an asshole and her mom is an even bigger asshole.-Henry is the man and he makes you wish your high school boyfriend could of been just like him!My RatingsCharacters- LovableWriting style- Excellent and very HonestPlot/Storyline- Intense and RawSteam Factor- ModerateOverall- A Very Goodread!!
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  • ILoveBooks
    January 1, 1970
    Never judge a girl by her cover. The main character, Kate, has lived with abuse her whole life. She is very resilient and strong, wonderful qualities to see in a female character. She deals with her alcoholic father and drug-addicted mother on a regular basis, sometimes coming out the worse for wear. Some might see her refusal to stand up for herself as a shame and weak, and it might be; however, Kate is also a proud character, possibly a bad trait in this situation, but it works as a character Never judge a girl by her cover. The main character, Kate, has lived with abuse her whole life. She is very resilient and strong, wonderful qualities to see in a female character. She deals with her alcoholic father and drug-addicted mother on a regular basis, sometimes coming out the worse for wear. Some might see her refusal to stand up for herself as a shame and weak, and it might be; however, Kate is also a proud character, possibly a bad trait in this situation, but it works as a character should never be perfect. The novel contains several scenes with severe abuse and bullying. This is a reality for some teens. The author makes these scenes both vivid and real for the reader. The reader will want to reach out to help Kate while smacking her mother. The love interest, Henry, comes in the nick of time for Kate. He is caring, protective, and appears to truly love Kate. He is also rich; the opposite of what Kate is acclimated too. The reader will enjoy watching as their relationship deepens and develops. This novel will make the reader want to hunt down every mean girl and bad parent in the world and give them what for. Incidentally, the author is very good to evoke that sort of reaction in her readers. The dialogue is interesting and horrifying at times, but the reader can believe this is actually happening. The scene, with an alcoholic father and drug-addicted mother, is perfect. Kate's second-hand clothing and the way she is bullied at school will make this novel all to real to the reader. There are good transitions from one scene to the next and the author manages to give Kate the perfect reactions to the situations she is placed in-Kate reacts like a textbook would predict with some surprises, again she is believable. The ending is very satisfying and the reader will breathe a sigh of relief. This novel is recommended for young adults/adults who enjoy novels that tackle real life issues. 5 Stars
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  • Michelle [Helen Geek]
    January 1, 1970
    Okay - I bit and I'm glad I did. This book was a GR recommendation for me based on books I've rated. It isn't typical for me to read a YA, so was skeptical, but I read the book blurb and thought about my kids and some of their freinds and decided to try it. Very glad I did.The premise for this book is a childs courage in handling tragedy dealt by a parent. How the love of a freind can be comforting and redeeming. And, in the end, we can survive and come out on the other end, with the support of Okay - I bit and I'm glad I did. This book was a GR recommendation for me based on books I've rated. It isn't typical for me to read a YA, so was skeptical, but I read the book blurb and thought about my kids and some of their freinds and decided to try it. Very glad I did.The premise for this book is a childs courage in handling tragedy dealt by a parent. How the love of a freind can be comforting and redeeming. And, in the end, we can survive and come out on the other end, with the support of true friends.I give this book 4.5 stars. The only thing I had any difficulty swollowing, was the adult behavior in the book. Do I beleive a parent can terrorize a child - a huge yes. Do I think a child can walk through our lives and be invisible, sadly yes. Do I think adults will take a child who has been badly abused in, treat the injuries with love and tender care, then allow said child to go back into the environment, I highly doubt it. Another issue I had was with the parents of Henry. They knew this girl had issues, but they never discouraged the relationship - it would only get worse before it got better.Henry was the true hero of the book. He showed love and compassion throughout. His behavior was steller and anyone who has raised a son knows, he is what we strive to acheive. I know only fiction, but it truely touched something deep in me - as a parent and grandparent. I love this book.I would recommend it for anyone who loves a good story and believes with love, trust and compassion for our fellow man, we can be all be heroes.Happy Reading!
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  • Esther
    January 1, 1970
    Just... Wow! Such a beautiful and heartbreaking book. I cried like a baby reading this story, you spend the book in emotional highs and lows.I like the character development of Kate. She is strong and brave, and has a great capacity to keep going and forgive.Henry is the perfect guy that any girl in this world wants, it’s impossible to find fault to him. He is sweet and real, and his family is amazing.Totally recommended!
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a beautiful book. Heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time, it had me tearing up in some parts and smiling like a fool at others!
  • Vicki Keire
    January 1, 1970
    A remarkable piece of YA Indie fiction. This book was a bit out of my normal parameters, which lean a bit more towards the paranormal and dark fantasy, but it's been receiving rave reviews on Amazon. After reading Tabitha Suzuma's Forbidden, I've been eager to venture into some of the grittier realistic YA fiction. This novel is certainly that. I found myself in tears several times throughout the novel, and as much as I wanted to blame the novel for being over-the-top, the sad fact is that the s A remarkable piece of YA Indie fiction. This book was a bit out of my normal parameters, which lean a bit more towards the paranormal and dark fantasy, but it's been receiving rave reviews on Amazon. After reading Tabitha Suzuma's Forbidden, I've been eager to venture into some of the grittier realistic YA fiction. This novel is certainly that. I found myself in tears several times throughout the novel, and as much as I wanted to blame the novel for being over-the-top, the sad fact is that the situations depicted in the novel are all too real for many teens. Bennett shows remarkable prowess as a storyteller to take such a horrific story of abuse and tell it without coming across as hystrionic or over the top. Told in the first person, her protagonist goes through all the classic symptoms of abuse victims, and readers are with her as she changes over the course of the novel. The one thing I would like to have seen addressed is the Cinderella syndrome- yes, the protagonist does much of her own changing, but the fact remains that her rich and handsome boyfriend is the catalyst for most of it. Even this was fine with me. He was a great character, and so was his whole family, and I don't buy it that guys/people like him don't exist. I happen to be married to one. But whA remarkable piece of YA Indie fiction. This book was a bit out of my normal parameters, which lean a bit more towards the paranormal and dark fantasy, but it's been receiving rave reviews on Amazon. After reading Tabitha Suzuma's Forbidden, I've been eager to venture into some of the grittier realistic YA fiction. This novel is certainly that. I found myself in tears several times throughout the novel, and as much as I wanted to blame the novel for being over-the-top, the sad fact is that the situations depicted in the novel are all too real for many teens. Bennett shows remarkable prowess as a storyteller to take such a horrific story of abuse and tell it without coming across as hystrionic or over the top. Told in the first person, her protagonist goes through all the classic symptoms of abuse victims, and readers are with her as she changes over the course of the novel. The one thing I would like to have seen addressed is the Cinderella syndrome- yes, the protagonist does much of her own changing, but the fact remains that her rich and handsome boyfriend is the catalyst for most of it. Even this was fine with me. He was a great character, and so was his whole family, and I don't buy it that guys/people like him don't exist. I happen to be married to one. But what I would like to have seen was at least an internal examination of some kind about what would have happened if the boyfriend hadn't been there to rescue her. But this really was a fantastic read. It straddles the divide between YA and adult. Some younger readers may find the situations too disturbing, but some adults may, as well. But then, that's exactly why such stories must be told. But this really was a fantastic read. It straddles the divide between YA and adult. Some younger readers may find the situations too disturbing, but some adults may, as well. But then, that's exactly why such stories must be told.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    I read this in 2012 and all I remembered was that I liked it, so it was time for a re-read.Kate is a 17 year old girl who's used to being bullied at school. People somehow feel that's she will never fight back, so she's an easy target. It doesn't help that she wears only second hand clothes and has no money whatsoever.Kate learned at an early age that it's no use fighting bullies. She would know, since her mom beats her on a daily basis. Kate never knows what might set her mom off so she tries t I read this in 2012 and all I remembered was that I liked it, so it was time for a re-read.Kate is a 17 year old girl who's used to being bullied at school. People somehow feel that's she will never fight back, so she's an easy target. It doesn't help that she wears only second hand clothes and has no money whatsoever.Kate learned at an early age that it's no use fighting bullies. She would know, since her mom beats her on a daily basis. Kate never knows what might set her mom off so she tries to clean the house and do all her chores as quietly as possible. But her mom is a mean addict, so it doesn't ever matter how good Kate is trying to be.When a boy she ones knew moves back into town, Kate is sure Henry will join the bullies and make her life hell. But it looks like Henry is actually standing up for her to other people. When he makes it clear he wants to be her friend again, Kate doesn't know what to think. But Henry is patient and persistent and Kate slowly accepts his friendship...This has so much hurt/comfort that I was in my happy place. Kate needed someone as sweet and caring as Henry. I LOVED Henry. He was the perfect boyfriend for Kate.I do have to admit that some things were extremely unrealistic, like going to school with a broken arm and 3 broken ribs only a couple of days after it happened. And the vet fixing up Kate instead of a doctor. But hey, hurt/comfort, yay!There was one thing I didn't like in this and that is that (view spoiler)[Kate breaks up with Henry at 90% because 'she's not good enough for him'. Oh, how I hate it when book characters do that. And then one conversation months later and everything is fine again. Why include the break-up at all? It served no purpose whatsoever. (hide spoiler)] But since I loved the rest so much I'm willing to overlook it..
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  • Sky
    January 1, 1970
    In all honesty, I am sick of these types of books, books that use abuse as a plot devices to trigger sympathy, but all its triggering is anger. This book is shallow, mediocre and an even worse replica of Barely Breathing, there were a lot of grammar mistakes, a lot of unnecessary scenes and a hell of a lot of scenes that are supposed to be heart-breaking, but all it got out of me is an eye-roll. Kate, our perfect MC, is beautiful, so beautiful that all the girls are jealous of her and beat her u In all honesty, I am sick of these types of books, books that use abuse as a plot devices to trigger sympathy, but all its triggering is anger. This book is shallow, mediocre and an even worse replica of Barely Breathing, there were a lot of grammar mistakes, a lot of unnecessary scenes and a hell of a lot of scenes that are supposed to be heart-breaking, but all it got out of me is an eye-roll. Kate, our perfect MC, is beautiful, so beautiful that all the girls are jealous of her and beat her up in bathrooms, so perfect that her mother beats her up to let out some steam. I know abuse exists, and I am 176% against it, I just disagree with the way the author portrayed it. There was this troll account I was following on twitter Junior year high school that was trolling online fan fiction authors that always describe a beautiful girl followed by “I’m so ugly”, although I understand insecurities exist, I don’t understand why authors love to make them so exotically beautiful whilst believing they look like a grinch.I’ll share a quote below and you’ll be the judge:“With a finger, I trace smooth skin (blessed with acne free, blemish free complexion), straight nose, eyebrows neither too bushy nor thin, an ordinary mouth, indented chin. I suppose my eyes are my best feature, wide and fringed with dark lashes. They’re light blue, ringed with gold.I shake my head and let my hair fall back into place. Nothing attractive, extraordinarily plain, but he still wants to be my friend”All in all, I personally won’t recommend this, but opinions differ, so don’t let my opinion be the reason you avoided this.
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  • ★¸. • * ° * ༺*Blanka*༺*°°*•.¸. ♥★
    January 1, 1970
    Tissues are needed for this one17-year-old Kate has lived her whole life in abject poverty, with an alcoholic father and drug-addicted mother, who severely abuses Kate. At school, her second-hand clothing marks her as a target. Her refusal to stand up for herself makes her the recipient of her classmates taunts and bullying. That is, until Henry returns. Henry Jamison moved away six years earlier, just as he and Kate had begun to develop feelings for one another. He returns to find the bright, f Tissues are needed for this one17-year-old Kate has lived her whole life in abject poverty, with an alcoholic father and drug-addicted mother, who severely abuses Kate. At school, her second-hand clothing marks her as a target. Her refusal to stand up for herself makes her the recipient of her classmates taunts and bullying. That is, until Henry returns. Henry Jamison moved away six years earlier, just as he and Kate had begun to develop feelings for one another. He returns to find the bright, funny, outgoing girl he had known now timidly hiding in corners, barely speaking to anyone around her, suspicious of even him. Kate can't figure out what game Henry is playing with her - for surely it is a game. What else would the gorgeous, popular boy from her past want with her? Kate finally decides to trust Henry's intentions, opening her heart to him. Just when it seems he might be genuine in his friendship, tragedy strikes, threatening everything Kate has worked so hard to gain. Can Henry help her to overcome this new devastation, or will it tear them apart forever? A beautifully written story about surviving child abuse, your first love, redemption and the strength of forgiveness.. The abuse poor Katy suffers had me crying my eyes out at work where this morning I had a new box of tissues waiting for me. Thank you whoever left it. Child abuse is one of those horrific subjects but Cindy made it somewhat bearable, page after page I felt like my heart was going to burst.The ending? I wished it had been a bit more specific, more detailed on what they are doing? Does she says yes?
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  • Tom
    January 1, 1970
    I’m going with a very conflicted 4.5.This is the story about Kate and Henry. They form a bond very early in life when they meet in kindergarten. Around 5th grade Henry moves away and Kate’s life is turned upside down by something more serious than his moving. Fast forward 6 years and Henry returns to find a very different Kate. She is the pariah of the school and is picked on by everyone. Henry tries to pick up as her friend but Kate’s insecurities and paranoia stunt the pace of their reunion. K I’m going with a very conflicted 4.5.This is the story about Kate and Henry. They form a bond very early in life when they meet in kindergarten. Around 5th grade Henry moves away and Kate’s life is turned upside down by something more serious than his moving. Fast forward 6 years and Henry returns to find a very different Kate. She is the pariah of the school and is picked on by everyone. Henry tries to pick up as her friend but Kate’s insecurities and paranoia stunt the pace of their reunion. Kate is abused at home by her mom and trust does not come easy for her.My conflict with my rating is that it was a very addicting read that I basically read in a day. I found myself pulling for Kate and Henry was a very good hero for the story. The conflict with her family felt real and the love that she receives from Henry’s family was an endearing part of the story. I particularly loved all the sisters and wished she could have had that. My problem with the story was that it just seemed like some of the situations were manufactured and her reactions to certain situations weren’t believable to me. It happened at multiple times in the book for me and frustrated me because there was such a good story and cast of characters to work with and wished she had a little more inner strength.Bottom line is that it is a very addicting read that has as much misery as warm and fuzzies. If you are uncomfortable with child abuse you might want to stay away. If you feel like an emotional read grab a box of tissues and pick this one up.
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  • Tiffany Loves Books
    January 1, 1970
    I'll start by saying WOW, this is an amazing read! This is truly a roller coaster of a book. You never know where the story line is going. There is absolutely nothing predictable about it. Also, you spend the book in emotional highs and lows. Although admittedly, I spent most of the book crying. It was also so romantic and I loved watching their love form and evolve.The book was truly impossible to put down. There is something about the book that is so relatable, especially when it comes to the I'll start by saying WOW, this is an amazing read! This is truly a roller coaster of a book. You never know where the story line is going. There is absolutely nothing predictable about it. Also, you spend the book in emotional highs and lows. Although admittedly, I spent most of the book crying. It was also so romantic and I loved watching their love form and evolve.The book was truly impossible to put down. There is something about the book that is so relatable, especially when it comes to the main character. Bennett also does a great job portraying Kate, the main character as a victim. I was truly impressed by the depth of it. Bennett then does a great job with her characters development and with Kate's transformation.Those of you who read the synopsis know that Kate is abused and I'll tell you that it is raw really hard to stomach. Kate is a great narrator and it so easy to see and feel what she feels and that's what makes reading this kind of tough. Experiencing her fear, it is something palpable that consumes the reader. But on the other hand, when the bond starts to develop between Henry and Kate it is absolutely, heartwarmingly romantic.As previously warned, if you read this book be prepared to shed tears, smile and fall in love. It is suspenseful, captivating, romantic and not a book you'll regret picking up.*See more reviews at http://Tiffanylovesbooks.wordpress.com
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  • Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! Thanks to my Kindle for putting me in touch with some fabulous books that I would have otherwise never found. This being one of them.This book was everything that previous reviewers have said so I can't really add much else, except to say - don't judge a book by it's cover - horrible cover, but the contents were outstanding.The whole story was sad and uplifting.The characters were wonderful and I couldn't put this book down.So, stop reading this review and download this book now!!! You will Wow! Thanks to my Kindle for putting me in touch with some fabulous books that I would have otherwise never found. This being one of them.This book was everything that previous reviewers have said so I can't really add much else, except to say - don't judge a book by it's cover - horrible cover, but the contents were outstanding.The whole story was sad and uplifting.The characters were wonderful and I couldn't put this book down.So, stop reading this review and download this book now!!! You will be glad you did
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  • Akanksha❤ Søren♰
    January 1, 1970
    How I wish Henry was REAL!Damn, I fell in love with him, Hard.Sometimes I wish for a wand that with which I could make book characters I like real.. lolBeautifully written, the story and plot was amazing.. I found some things tooooo over hyped, but it was still not irritating. The book is emotions and dept! Loved it.The mother was a psychopath!! Like seriously woman, fucking crazy much!?Father was a fool.Henry's family was just EPIC!! Loved them!
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  • Ails
    January 1, 1970
    Aghhh I'm sorry it's been a long time since I gave full reviews. I'm having a very busy term in school (I barely have time to read books! *sobs*) REVIEW TO COME!
  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing, Amazing, Amazing book! Me being a single mom have no clue how a mother could EVER hit their child just the thought of it breaks my heart. although even though I feel that way I love how they made it the mom instead of the dad because to me, at least is uncommon. But when the dad would come home drunk and stand outside Kate's door my stomach would clench and I'd think stay out, stay out, stay out. I think he did it because he felt so bad for Kate that he would stand there and think how m Amazing, Amazing, Amazing book! Me being a single mom have no clue how a mother could EVER hit their child just the thought of it breaks my heart. although even though I feel that way I love how they made it the mom instead of the dad because to me, at least is uncommon. But when the dad would come home drunk and stand outside Kate's door my stomach would clench and I'd think stay out, stay out, stay out. I think he did it because he felt so bad for Kate that he would stand there and think how much he let her down and how he wish he could take it all away, but he was so caught up with his own demons he never gave it a second thought. I fell in love with Henry he saw her when no one else did he got Kate to trust him when she had no one he basically brought her back to life and him and his family even though yes they had no clue what Kate was going through they became her ideal and made her excited to live to know that life is not all bad and gave her hope that she could have this. They also never left her side when Kates secrets came out they were her support, her strength, and her family when she needed it.
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  • My Book Friend
    January 1, 1970
    Kate's life used to be normal, but now it's not. She is constantly bullied at school, and then comes home to a mom who is a drug-addict, and a father whose best friend is alcohol. After moving away for 6 years, Henry is shocked by what he finds when he returns. The girl who he had a crush on since he left is now completely different- and not in a good way. The more Henry tries to become friends with Kate- the more she pushes him away, what he doesn't know, is that it is out of fear. When I read Kate's life used to be normal, but now it's not. She is constantly bullied at school, and then comes home to a mom who is a drug-addict, and a father whose best friend is alcohol. After moving away for 6 years, Henry is shocked by what he finds when he returns. The girl who he had a crush on since he left is now completely different- and not in a good way. The more Henry tries to become friends with Kate- the more she pushes him away, what he doesn't know, is that it is out of fear. When I read some of the reviews for this book, I knew I had to read it. I literally have never read a book with this much depth. Not just in the plot, but the characters are so real- I love this book. I just wish there was more to read!I first read this book July 30-31, 2011. I have re-read it about 3 or 4 times.
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  • Jennifer Kyle
    January 1, 1970
    Keep Swinging Kate!Holding a scared little boy's hand to enter kindergarten and having that hand hold yours when you needed it most! Wow I loved Henry's love for Kate from the valentine to reappearing in her life and never taking no for answer! Great story of survivial, forgiveness and Love!
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  • Tina Reber
    January 1, 1970
    It's been a long time since a novel brought me to tears. I cried like a baby reading this story. Highly recommend.
  • Just My Bucking Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    **Spoilers alert**Man, I can't even begin to explain how beautiful this book is. Seriously I was fanning my face repeatedly with my hands to stop tears from falling (Which didn't work, they fell anyway).My heart literally ached for Kate reading what she had to go through, it really opened my eyes that children of all shapes/sizes/races/gender/ages go through this on a daily bases and it angers/saddens me so much!Henry's love for Kate carried from when they where little up until he met her again **Spoilers alert**Man, I can't even begin to explain how beautiful this book is. Seriously I was fanning my face repeatedly with my hands to stop tears from falling (Which didn't work, they fell anyway).My heart literally ached for Kate reading what she had to go through, it really opened my eyes that children of all shapes/sizes/races/gender/ages go through this on a daily bases and it angers/saddens me so much!Henry's love for Kate carried from when they where little up until he met her again was just perfect. When he stood up for her in the cafeteria - against Frank - I legit fist pumped and cheered him on causing me to look like a totally weirdo with a smile on my face but whatever lol. I love Henry's family - Grandpa Henry mainly he is just that awesome - they all are so sweet and understanding and accepted Kate into there home from the get go.Also finding out that Kate mom actually had mental problems made me feel a little better for Kate for some reason. She didn't outright hate her like Kate thought, it was something she couldn't control unless she took the right pills to stable her mind (Like at Thanksgiving when she allowed Kate to go to Florida with Henry's family and gave her 100 dollars).I was also super happy Kate didn't have to go to prison (She shouldn't have being tried in the first place it was clearly self defence). I'm glad Henry fought for her even when she was being so stubborn, the college hand holding scene at the end of the book had me grinning so much, it was actually that cute. Oh and I can't forget about Jessica's apology, that was great also so touching for her to fully accept everything she has every done to Kate and vowed to be a loyal friend to her. It would be wicked if there was a sequel to this novel but I'm so happy with the ending I don't even care lol. So yes people this novel is MINT. Loved it.
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  • Elena
    January 1, 1970
    Este libro me fascinó!!!!! Simplemente fue increíble, pasó a ser parte del top 3 de mis libros preferidos. Le doy un 5 porque no hay más que eso jajajaLa trama tocó un tema muy delicado como es la violencia doméstica de una manera real, pero también esperanzadora.Kate fue un personaje muy sufrido, pero también muy valiente y determinado, con muchas enseñanzas que ofrecer, como por ejemplo el saber perdonar, que no siempre es fácil.Henry es el chico ideal de cualquier chica en este mundo, o al me Este libro me fascinó!!!!! Simplemente fue increíble, pasó a ser parte del top 3 de mis libros preferidos. Le doy un 5 porque no hay más que eso jajajaLa trama tocó un tema muy delicado como es la violencia doméstica de una manera real, pero también esperanzadora.Kate fue un personaje muy sufrido, pero también muy valiente y determinado, con muchas enseñanzas que ofrecer, como por ejemplo el saber perdonar, que no siempre es fácil.Henry es el chico ideal de cualquier chica en este mundo, o al menos es el mío, porque no sólo me pareció la cosa más dulce de este mundo, sino también porque es real, por más que muchas chicas digan que ya no existen los hombres perfectos o ideales ellos sí siguen ahí, tal vez en menor cantidad, pero de que existen, existen :)De nuevo, les digo que este libro es 100% recomendable, si lo empiezan no van a poder parar y van a querer leerlo una y otra vez jajajaElena.
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