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Kylie's Heel by [Perry, Susan K.]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 20465 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Publisher: Humanist Press (10 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EGP3DVS
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,689,604 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful first person narrative revealing Kylie's inner personality 21 Oct. 2016
By Jean Anne Beasley - Published on Amazon.com
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Written by an author well versed in psychology, "Kylie's Heel" is narrated in the first person, so that we have an inside view of how she copes with anxiety, stress, love, personal relationships in such a way that the reader can identify with her struggles. Especially appropriate for people experiencing loss or separation, the plot is engaging and suspenseful so that this is a book the reader won't want to put down.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the unexpected twists! 18 Oct. 2014
By The GypsyNesters - Published on Amazon.com
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Couldn't put it down. I loved the unexpected twists (I spend an enormous amount of time when I'm reading novels trying to figure out the ending, and my "figuring" was always incorrect, so I was happily enthralled the entire way through), the richness (and honesty) of the characters and the subtle foreshadowing of upcoming events. And I had some good, cleansing cries.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars 3 Mar. 2015
By joy matousek - Published on Amazon.com
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Sometimes book club selections are great. This was not one of those times.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Returning to the world of the living.... 7 July 2014
By Diana Raab, Ph.D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
It has often been said that parents never really heal after the loss of a child. Certainly, and that a child dying before a parent is the most painful type of loss we can endure. While Kylie’s Heel is a work of fiction, the story will resonate with any reader who is encountering loss. It is a compelling and fast-moving debut novel, especially the second half of the book.
One of the many things that make this real-life novel unique is that it is written by a psychologist who truly understands the workings of the human psyche and offers her knowledge and wisdom to the reader. Further, to mitigate the intensity of the story, the reader from the intensity of the story and offer other perspectives, the protagonist is also a newspaper advice columnist who readers write to, in the same way “Dear Abby” was years ago, except now she is known as “Rational Woman.” The novel is interspersed with questions posed by her readers and the protagonist’s response to them. This is actually a brilliant device to distract both the reader and the protagonist from the intensity of the loss. In one instance, a reader asks advice on how to respond to his sense of loss for his childhood and the games associated with it. The protagonist’s wise response: “Life is a series of losses. The mindful person peels away layer after layer of illusion ‘til there is only essence left. You may be bemoaning your loss of innocence most of all. You get one time around, and counting on being able to play with your toys in the same way is a sure route to disappointment.”
In dealing with her own loss and any cure for fear as it pertains to the story, the protagonist deftly states, “Keep confronting what you most dread, thus making the threat familiar enough to lose its power.” These words of wisdom offer the reader even more to walk away with when they put down this novel. In tapping into her experience as a psychologist, Perry successfully offers general guidelines; tips and inspirations for living that resonate with all of us.
I read this book in one sitting and highly recommend it, and it is my hope that this is one of many more novels we will see by this author.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Auspicious Debut Novel 18 Aug. 2013
By Barber - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is not the typical sort of book I would have expected to enjoy as much as I did. Not that stories about families don't intrigue me, I simply don't have children of my own and stories that depend upon that basis for a good portion of the understanding just don't resonate with me the way they do with others. In this case, I am completely wrong: Kylie's Heel is a marvelous novel and ought to be on everyone's summer reading list.

What I discovered, oh around chapter two or so, was that this book was alternately touching and poignant even for a non-parental type like me. I found that as I progressed I was less and less willing to put it down, the hallmark of excellent pace and storytelling. The fundamental motivations/emotional drive of the story were well realized, fleshed out and nuanced upon through the course of the story.

Perry writes in a particular style, which is not flowery but at the same time not stark. Its a nice middle ground of exposition given through the characters instead of a separate plotting device. You really get the emotions of the central character, the titular Kylie, as she deals with her everyday life getting completely turned upside down by situations she cannot control. And it's that lesson of what she can and cannot control which makes for the fundamental conflict of the novel. There are elements of religious beliefs, cultural differences, and conflicting priorities all present in the continuing storyline, all of which are deftly threaded through and webbed together to make for a complete tale. A common rule of most fiction writing classes is the need to, as one site frames it, "drive a stake through your protagonist's heart". Susan K Perry does that and more, and in several different ways.

I will let you read the book to find out if Kylie is up to the challenge, but I can assure you it's worth your time to find out.
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