Thursday, May 15, 2014

Book review of On Thin Ice by P.J. Sharon


Seventeen year old figure skater Penny Trudeau has secrets. She's not perfect, as hard as she tries to be. With a mother who is dying and a father who treats her like she's invisible, Penny has every reason to lie. To escape the life that is spinning out of control, she falls into the arms of an older boy. But when she lies about her age and he finds out the truth, Penny loses the one good thing that has happened in a long time. Carter McCray is the hockey hunk she falls for, but Carter has his own family drama, and he's not looking for trouble. Penny proves to be the exception, until the truth comes out and he can't get past the betrayal-or her father's threats. Can Penny find her way back into Carter's heart, or will she have to face the harsh realities of life on her own? Penny's choices lead her down a dangerous road and the secrets she's keeping will change her world forever. 

On Thin Ice is the story of a young girl's journey from being a child in a dysfunctional home, to a young adult who has to learn from her mistakes, make hard life choices in the face of devastating circumstances, and live with the consequences of a lie. Although there are no explicit scenes or language in this book, I believe the subject matter is suitable for young adults ages 14+ and will appeal to any adult reader who has ever lost someone close or been faced with issues such as eating disorders, rape, teen pregnancy, or having alcoholic parents. Most everyone on some level, I suspect. Penny's story is a testament to the human spirit and the resilience of our hearts, even when faced with tragedies beyond our control. This is a story of triumph over tragedy, faith, and how good things can come from bad situations.

ARC provided by author via Net galley in exchange for honest review. 

This was a pleasant surprise. It was definitely better than I expected it to be on all counts. The story was great and the writing was pretty good.

The reason I liked the book is also the reason I couldn't give it more than three stars. Let me elaborate. I thought that using real life scenarios in a YA book was great BUT it was too much. I know... I am THE DRAMA QUEEN but I couldn't deal. I felt overwhelmed with the self esteem issues, eating disorder, rape, teen pregnancy, death, lies, and alcoholic parents. I could have dealt with three of these, TOPS. I felt like the main message of the book was drowned out with everything else going on.

It ended up being kind of uplifting in the end but I personally wouldn't read this again.

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