Monday, March 4, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Heart On A Chain by Cindy Bennett

Heart On A Chain 
Cindy C. Bennett

     17-year-old Kate has lived her whole life in abject poverty, with an alcoholic father and drug-addicted mother, who severely abuses Kate. At school, her second-hand clothing marks her as a target. Her refusal to stand up for herself makes her the recipient of her classmates taunts and bullying. That is, until Henry returns.

     Henry Jamison moved away six years earlier, just as he and Kate had begun an to develop feelings for one another. He returns to find the bright, funny, outgoing girl he had known now timidly hiding in corners, barely speaking to anyone around her, suspicious of even him. 

     Kate can’t figure out what game Henry is playing with her - for surely it is a game. What else would the gorgeous, popular boy from her past want with her? 

     Kate finally decides to trust Henry’s intentions, opening her heart to him. Just when it seems he might be genuine in his friendship, tragedy strikes, threatening everything Kate has worked so hard to gain. Can Henry help her to overcome this new devastation, or will it tear them apart forever? 
     This book deserves a formal novel-long review because it is too beautiful and not writing a good review would just be a crime. But since it's almost midnight where I am and I have work waiting for me tomorrow morning I would just have to postpone my writing. That sucks, but I'll be sure to be thinking over the things I would love to say about this book the whole day tomorrow. During work, yeahh. :) 


     Okay. So I want to start writing the review for this book now while having my coffee break and For You I Will by Teddy Geiger being played on repeat. Where to start? Uhmm.. I found this book as one of my recommendations from my Read Shelf. I read the summary and found out it has a high rating and so I wanted to give it a try. 

     This is the kind of book that will kill you slowly by gripping your heart tight. I couldn't make up my mind if I wanted to stop reading and just cry instead. I've read fictions that include abuse but this book affects me like no other books had. This book made me really really sad knowing what Kate was going through this book, in reality is also happening to many children/teens. Bullying, physical abuse inflicted by own parents, emotional trauma, this book is about those. I couldn't relate directly because I have never experienced those, lucky me. But that doesn't mean I don't feel any sympathy towards the main character. I feel so much emotions for her. I cried for her, gripped my chest for I couldn't breathe properly while reading some of the abuse scenes, got angry, so many mixed emotions. But this book is not just all about those stuff. This book is also about friendship and love. I felt jealous with Kate because all those time she had Henry, her best friend, childhood sweetheart and love of her life. Henry's family and his love for Kate made all those pain bearable for her and for the readers. He's like the breath of fresh air in the story and you would find yourself wishing you have someone like Henry in your life. 

     This book is beautifully written that will leave a mark and make you wish you would be a better person. Salute to Cindy Bennett for making one of the stories that touches people's heart and soul.

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