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M. R. Field has written such a lovely coming of age story that includes so many life experiences (bullying, crushes, life-long friendships, abuse, heartbreak and redemption) using so many interesting facets that I can’t stop thinking about it.
To make matters even more interesting it takes place in Australia so you get a lot of cheeky language that I thoroughly enjoyed. On top of that, I personally got a huge kick out of reading about Italian immigrants who settled in Australia. The author paints such an entertaining, accurate and heartfelt picture of this immigrant family that I honestly felt at one point I was sitting in the kitchen with my own Italian grandmother. Nothing like smelling sauce while you’re reading because the spices were wafting off the page.
Take a group of young girls and a group of older guys that grew up together and what do you get? A lot of entertaining stories of the trials and tribulations of puberty, good and bad family relations, and some angst that will lead you to how they all ended up. And where they end up is very steamy at times :-)
Interesting and colorful characters will keep your attention throughout.
I look forward to reading more of M. R. Field’s work.
This contemporary, young adult love story has taken my breath away. I even contacted the author to ask if this is her first book. The quality of this story and how it's been able to draw such emotional responses from me needs to be commended and that was just from the first quarter of the book. The author is truly gifted and has just pretty much made it a safe bet that she is on my automatic buy list. I have read works by seasoned authors that have fallen well short of this well scripted and executed story.
There are so many layers to this story and that’s why I was asking ‘is this your first book?’ I hope the author wasn’t offended because her work has just slayed me. She has a fresh and intriguing writing style that flowed wonderfully. I was fist pumping, I was yelling NO at the kindle, I was tearing up and grinning like an idiot. This book packs an emotional wallop and the multi-layered compelling characters who managed to get under my skin – I just couldn’t put this book down! Even the bullies had me wondering about their story and why they were the way they were. I even had thoughts of cancelling a kids play date (yes, bad mummy but I didn’t cancel) to keep reading.
This is a fast paced, emotional rollercoaster that will deliver. I was apprehensive to be so fulfilled by the first quarter of the book that I was thinking it might have all come crashing down. I love it when a book proves me wrong. There are some highly emotional scenes in this book, so be warned. It’s rare that I can feel the devastation, the horror, the heartbreak and the love and this book did all of that to me.
I love discovering new authors and even more so when they go flying straight to my ‘automatic buy’ list and you know what makes me even prouder – the fact that MR Field is an Australian author. We have so much talent here and I’m excited to see her hit the international stage. This book is an absolute, no hesitation MUST BUY. I hope you love this story as much as I do.
I was kindly provided with a free copy of this book from the author to provide an honest review. Receiving this book for free did not influence my opinion nor review.
“In shock, my mouth opens slightly and he uses that advantage to push his tongue through, tasting mine. I grip his shoulders and the towel falls to the ground. Pulling on his shirt, I rub myself against him, eager to get as close as I can. I’m hot and I’m shaking, and I want to climb into his soul.”
4 beautiful stars!! This is a great debut novel from M. R Field. The story is unique and isn’t overworked. I really loved this book from page one!
Under the lights, amongst the jazz shoes, blistered feet and caked faces of the dance troupe, you pretend you’re someone else. The melody begins and your body responds. You allow it to weave into your skin until it’s made itself home in your soul. It is that dance that drives you. It is that dance that will continue to save you. It is that dance that will release you.
Until your heart can no longer shut him out, even after he’s pushed you away.
You can’t let him in again, can you? There’s only so much of your heart left to give.
She is the reason I can’t stay. The reason that the covered bruises, the lies and the hurt are too much. I am no good for her. But when I see her again, I can’t stay away. Like Dante said, “The path to paradise begins in hell.”
Trice and Alex grew up together and were close friends. They are happy and just when you think, they are going to progress to an actual relationship, Alex leaves without any notice or warning, leaving Trice brokenhearted. Several years later Trice is off to college and has nowhere to stay, her brother offers her a place, little does she know her brothers roommate is Alex, the boy who broke her heart. After that fireworks erupt and this book will make you laugh, cry, want to throw you kindle. It’s a rollercoaster of a ride!! You definitely won’t be disappointed while reading!!
**Received a copy in exchange for an honest review. Read and reviewed by Melissa for Alpha Book Club.**
Fragments is wonderfully written book about two friends who grew up with each other, who end up falling in love. It takes place over a few years time span but that doesn't take away anything from the book.
Trice is the younger sister of Robbie, and has always had a close friendship with Robbie's best friend Alex. Growing up together, they had good banter as well as could confide in each other their hopes, dreams and even worries. Alex had a bad home life so coming over to his friend's house was his little safe haven. Man, my heart broke for what Alex had to go through in his younger years and how that unfortunately affected him as he grew up, but Bea was his savior, his guardian angel helping through the rough times.
As they grew up, their feelings for each other intensified but they never once told each other until one night. One night, they gave in to what they were feeling and BOOM connection made, or so you think - demons haunting Alex drives a wedge between them and before you know it, they have taken 10 steps backwards.
Over the years, they keep their distance away from each other - looking in on one another life from a distance but always remembering that one night with the rain. Unforeseen circumstances mean that Trice is now moving in to the spare room of Robbie's & Alex's house. Will the tension between them finally be forgotten? Or will they just agree that they are in fact better off Apart?
M R Field definitely keeps you on your toes with this one, every time you think "YES finally!", she throws a spanner in the works and they are back at square one. Honestly, I am not one for delaying the inevitable, however with this , I just had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen. I started reading Fragments, at 11pm with every intention of just reading for 30 mins then going to sleep - next thing you know, it's 1am and I am still reading!
I loved every individual factor in this book - from the Italian terminology to the references to Dante. Every single character in this book just jumped out at me, and I can not wait to read for the rest of the Running on Empty series to release. Bring on Robbie & Hazel's story :)
Ti Amo M R Field, Grazie Per Il Bel Libro;)
Lead characters Trice and Alex are both very likeable and you find yourself rooting for them right from the start. Even in the earlier years when they would tease and bicker, you could feel the chemistry between them. Having the book set over a period of 8 years, you get to see the way they both grow and how their relationship ebbs and flows. Supporting characters are also very well written and developed and their interaction with both Trice and Alex, as well as each other, is natural, entertaining and intriguing.
While this is a very beautiful book, it’s also very raw and honest, dealing with issues such as bullying, abuse, self-worth and even the ugly side of dance isn’t glossed over with the mention of the ‘one size fits all ballet body’, difficult company directors and tough, ugly feet. To me, this just added to the overall experience.
Despite this book being just shy of 300 pages, my main gripe is that it wasn’t long enough! I wanted more!!! I am very much looking forward to the release of the second book in the series, Splinters.