Most helpful critical review
Heart breaking and real. Broken homes, abandoning parents and other stuff!
on 1 August 2014
My daughters review:
I didn't think I'd like this book. I thought it'd be another typical rebellious teenager, fighting back and falling in love. However, I have learnt to not judge a book by its cover, and I'm so glad I took the time to read this book and witness the truth behind each page. Cathy Cassidy has represented some horrible and scary truths in her novel, without it being too disruptive for younger readers, and that is a school only few authors can manage.
Scarlett is about a young girl named Scarlett who is from a broken home. Her dad left her mother for someone else and Scarlett utterly hates him for it. Her childhood shattered, her dreams disappearing, Scarlett finds herself rebelling by dying her hair, acting out and getting her tongue pierced. However, her late working mother finds herself distressed and just lets Scarlett get on with it over and over again. But after being kicked out of school again, Scarlett's mum is left with no choice but to send Scarlett packing to live with her dad in the mystical world of Ireland, where he lives with his new wife and her daughter. After embarking on the journey that she knows she's going to hate, Scarlett finds herself in the middle of a happy family and she's prepared to ruin it. She hates her mum for leaving her with her dad and she hates her dad for leaving her mum. The only person who she subtly connects with is, Holly, her step-sister and with her dads wife, Clare, being pregnant, Scarlett's anger lashes out in so many more ways. So when a tall, dark, handsome, travelling yet mysterious boy appears, Scarlett finds herself forcing her feelings to be nothing more but love then anger. But, just like everything - it all goes wrong.
Cathy Cassidy has presented the life of a broken home brilliantly. Also, she has amazingly presented the characteristics of the mother and the father of Scarlett. At first you are led to hate the dad because he left Scarlett and tore her childhood into pieces, but in time you see that its actually her mother who is the issue and caused the two to break up and she seems to abandon Scarlett for her work and her late shifts. Also, Cathy has amazingly presented other characters with witty and relatable traits. Her step sister Holly may appear innocent to some peoples eyes, but in reality she can also be crude, black mailing and annoying, and she uses it to her ability. Or even the mysterious boy, Kian, he sometimes fathoms as a dream but in reality, he's real but with a dark secret.
All of the characters were beautifully presented and allowed me to embark my own opinions of them without feeling like I was going against what the author wanted. All of the scenes were beautifully portrayed in a way that wouldn't be hard for a younger reader. I definitely think that if I had read this a few years back, again, I would have enjoyed this book a lot more because I would be the target audience, but even now being sixteen years old, I find myself enjoying this book.
I'd definitely recommend this to younger readers as they'd be able to enjoy the book and relate to it.