on May 29, 2015
Genres: YA, Contemporary
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Goodreads
Immersed in a new world at boarding school, Addy Buckley learns she’s not the only one with secrets. While trying to navigate the minefield of painful lies that seem to be rattling around her family’s past, she meets soft on the eyes and heavy on the heart, Napoleon Blake.
When faced with the darkness, Addy must decide to cling to her new life and friends or let the monster carry her away. The choice is hers, sink or swim.
In An Oyster Shell- This was an outstanding book that dealt with great responsibility the issue of suicide and particularly teenage suicide. It is not a light read, but one I would recommend to become aware of the grave social reality that suicide is for our teenagers. The third leading cause for that age group in America is suicide. It’s a necessary conversation and I felt this author sparked it well. I’m sure it was not easy to do.
The Pearls –
The book opens up from the beginning with a hook you just can’t turn away from. Things are serious right from the beginning. We get a glimpse of hardship that Addy faces with what’s going on, but also with her reaction to it. She’s so spent at the beginning of the story she can hardly care about what’s going on. It was stunning to me.
The plot line of this book was incredible. It was unexpected. I did not have a lot of hope for Addy in the beginning. I pretty much was giving up on her, because she had given up on herself. Yet, with the masterful weaving of story and character interactions, Addy gains hope and so do you, the reader. I think that’s super important to have some hope laced in with an otherwise bleak subject matter.
The last and most important pearl for me is that the author dealt with the subject matter with great care. She had the number for the suicide hotline in the front and the back of her book with some encouragement for anyone that might be going through that. Irony had it that the book that I read after this one had some of the same subject manner and was not dealt with in the same care. Wendy Owens inspired me as a writer and blogger to be socially conscious with content that I share.
Side Note – The author also touched on the reality of sexual abuse. That’s another sad reality that 1 in 3 women have been sexually abused. In some areas of the world, it’s 1 in 2. For men, it’s 1 in 5 at that is just what is reported. I wish there had been a little more expansion on that, but you can’t take on the whole world in one book. I’m glad she touched on it at least.
The Sand – Although I commend the author for tackling such a hard subject matter and doing it well, I felt she over- emphasized the point sometimes. I felt like she could have left out one of the suicides to be a bit more realistic… It’s a small town one is too many, more than that is just hard to wrap your mind around.
I give this 4 Pearls. It was a dirty subject matter but someone needed to do it, Wendy Owens you did it well.