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AWAKENING: Secrets of a Brown Eyed Girl Kindle Edition
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2nd November 2013
ABOUT THE BOOK:
"Behind closed doors, a young mind is awakened to a world bigger than innocent brown eyes can imagine. Suzy Kovak learns early how to keep a secret.
One secret she didn't keep. "When I was six, I sat Danny down on the curb and told him his mother was his grandmother and his sister was his mother--and that made him a bastard. A bastard, I said, was a really bad thing to be. It sent him into his house wailing, and bought us a one-way ticket out of my Aunt Flora's court complex."
Latchkey kids, Suzy and her brother, watch out for each other until he finds a new best friend. Forced to fend for herself, Suzy becomes a target for bullies. Growing up in Southern California in the 50's wasn't exactly root beer floats and sock hops. Their single mother struggles to keep the family together. Suzy feels lucky to get in good with the cool kids who would cut their mark into the flesh of anyone clumsy enough to cross the gang. Tough teenagers take care of themselves. Yet sometimes a girl still needs her mom even if her mom is less than perfect.
Suzy holds tight to her secrets--until she meets the one person who unlocks her mind and sets the secrets free."
This book is very deserving of its place on the Awesome Indies Approved list, it is up there with the greats. It follows the life of Suzy from around the age of five up to thirteen, with an epilogue taking us to her as an adult. This is a coming of age book, that delves deeply into the nitty gritty of everyday life. Luce writes authoritatively on life in the 50's, and does it so well she takes you there. For me this book was a time machine, and I was living and breathing this story, playing in the back yards and walking the streets as I read. We see the world through the eyes of a child, which Luce portrays impressively and realistically. We know intimately what it is to grow up poor in white 50's America, and feel the pain and struggle of a family trying to keep it together through the good and the bad.
The book is approximately 336 pages in length, and is told entirely from the point of view of the main character, Suzy Kovak. The editing and proof reading have been done to a high standard, with only a very few errors remaining in the ebook format I bought and read - certainly nowhere near enough to interrupt the flow or enjoyment of this superb novel. The ending tied everything up well, and left me feeling satisfied.
Whilst not an action or a thriller, this book has enough suspense and drama to keep you hooked. Not only that, but you care about Suzy enough to want to keep on going right through to the finale. A well written, superbly presented book, that is unafraid to explore secrets the less bold would prefer pushed under the rug. Engaging, thought provoking, and insightful - this is a book you would do well to add to your shelves. I will be sure to read more from Carol Davis Luce.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
At times, each chapter felt like a vignette into Suzy's life and I wondered how they might tie together, but by halfway through I could not put this book down! As Suzy grows to a teenager, the precarious nature of her upbringing--absent, unreliable father; harried, sometimes weak-willed mother with a succession of unsuitable boyfriends--plays out in destructive behaviours that could see Suzy's ruin, but this is a story about hope and making choices as much as about coming of age. Above all, it is about having the power and the right to choose to lead the life you know you deserve. I couldn't help but notice the difference between Suzy and her mother, and the underlying feminist theme. The most powerful message is one of knowing when to say "no" and when you are better off alone than with a man who does not respect you. In the novel, that respect comes from a surprising and heart-warming source who would fit right in as a cast member of SE Hinton's The Outsiders.
I found Awakenings a thoroughly enjoyable, compelling and powerful novel that stays with you long after you finish the last page.
I am a slow reader, but found that I didn't want to put this book down. It held my interest all the way through. Congratulations to the author for a great novel. I highly recommend it to everyone!
Growing up in the 50's as the character in the book did I can appreciate the extreme differences between then and now.
Carol is a extemely talented author who held my interest on each and every page and was sorry to see the book end.
Her characters seem so true to life and believable.
Would definetly read a sequel to find out what happened in the rest of her life.
I highly recommend all to read it no matter what age.
I happen to know the author which makes the book even more fun to read and enjoy.