Review: Shattered by Melody Carlson
NavPress, ISBN 978-1600069499
Rating: 3 ~ It’s Okay
Cleo Neilson’s mom did not allow her to attend the Christian concert in the city. She thought that the city at night is too dangerous for her teenage daughter. Annoyed at her “helicopter” mom’s overprotectivness, Cleo connived a way to sneak out of her house and attended the concert. Now, Cleo is facing the consequences of her actions. It is too late to turn back the clock and she is forced to deal with grief and guilt.
I found Shattered a simple read despite its sober themes. There weren’t many plots and the storyline was straight-forward. This book deals with life issues a grieving teen faces and for a short book, it is done pretty well. More emphasis are placed on the topics of grief and drug usage. This book is just the type any teen can pick up for a leisure read. Despite it’s lack of plot complexity, it has a good ending. Its main themes and topics weren’t delved into deeply and that makes this novel easy to read. Considering grammar and the like, Shattered was well written. There was only a scene which was somewhat disjointed and vague, but other than that, there were no other problems. Overall, Shattered is an attention-grabbing story of a teenage girl’s battle against grief and guilt.
Melody Carlson is the best-selling author of more than 150 books. She writes for all age groups, but particularly enjoys writing to teens. Her books have won her various awards including the presitgious The Gold Medallion and The Rita awards. For more information about Melody and her books, visit her website at www.melodycarlson.com.
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