Published: August 27 2013 (first published September 18 2012 as Come Alive)
Source: eARC received in exchange for an honest review
Where to buy:
Barnes & Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/every-shattered-thing-elora-ramirez/1116749553?ean=2940148637714
*THIS BOOK IS SUGGESTED (IN MY OPINION) FOR MATURE
AUDIENCES DUE TO SOME GRAPHIC SCENES*
Stephanie fights reality every day. The voices inside, the ones declaring her worth, deem her broken, used and dirty. She is an object. A toy. Something to be tossed aside when bored. Who will believe her if she whispers the truth about her wrecking ball of a family? Eventually, her secret explodes and the person who means the most to her knows just how shattered she is and why she's so afraid. But rescue is closer than she realises. Hidden in plain sight, her horror hasn't been ignored by everyone. Racing against the truth of what she faces, forces are joining together and developing a plan to free her from the hell in her own backyard. And while she's at her lowest point, She's hit with the beauty of love at any cost - redemption in the face of ruin. Will it be enough?
This book....what can I say? I had so many emotions, most of them had me crying, it is not a very long book, but it packs a powerful punch about reality right in your face! The synopsis does not give away what the content of Stephanie's secrets are, and I don't really want to give it away either, however, it may be a trigger for some people so I will give two basic subjects that are covered in this book, physical and emotional abuse, and child prostitution, I will not go any father than that.
I read this book yesterday, and I still cannot stop thinking about it, I know that some may say "it's only a book", but it it not! This is happening everyday to girls (and boys) around the world, and could quite possibly be happening next door to us, and we may never know it.
There is a non-profit organisation mentioned in the book called Love146, I have heard of them before, and watched a couple videos about how they started the organisation, and you can see in the man's eyes about how passionate he is, and he was near tears telling about when he went on his first undercover mission to see how everything happens, it is truly heartbreaking, and inspiring at the same time as he has taken that experience and ran with it and dedicated his life to fighting so that no one has to go through that again in any country!
There are definitely situations in this book that were hard to read, and some made me gag a little just out of the sheer force of the trauma that she is experiencing. When she meets Kevin and she has someone who is a safe spot for her, I was relieved, she needed that. Also learning about Emma and her husband Jude and how good they were to her, it frustrated me that she didn't tell them what was going on, however, at the same time I understood it as she felt she needed to be there for her brother. Also there is the the "battered woman" syndrome where she believed everything that her dad said to her about leaving, he would find her and bring her back, that there was no way out, and this was going to be her life from now on, it is the same reason that it takes some women so long to leave their partners, and some never do, because they have just come to accept what is going on, and they don't fight it anymore.
I highly suggest this book to everyone! It is one of those books that will leave you reeling and looking for something that you can do to help, even if it is a $5.00 donation somewhere, I know I am going to be researching more and looking for opportunities to help for sure! I think that this book should be read by teenagers mature enough to handle the content as it gives a lot of good information about how their fellow classmates may be hiding what is going on at home, and what to look for so they may report it to someone to help them.
This is a 5/5 and if you have read it, I would love to know what you think!
Elora Ramirez lives in Auston, Texas with her chef-husband. At age four, she taught herself how to read and write, cutting her teeth on books like Dr. Seuss and writing anywhere she could find space - including her fisher price kitchen set, the pages of picture books and Highlights Magazine. Since then, she's grown to love the way words feel as they swell within her bones. Writing holy and broken is her calling, and pushing back the darkness and pursuing beauty through the story is her purpose. She loves hip-hop, wishes she lived by the beach and cannot write without copious amounts of coffee, chocolate, and her husband's lavender liqueur.
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