Today I have the honor of participating in a Tour about a book I really, really enjoyed hosted by CBL Tours. Hope you all enjoy.
Title: Shattered Soul
Author: Jennifer Snyder
Published: May 14th, 2011
Book rating: 5 stars
Cover rating: 5 stars
If seventeen-year-old Seth Bradson were to describe his life in two words, those would be the two he’d choose. Seth prefers to cope with his crappy existence by spending his days in a drug-induced haze. But when Ali Carson steps into his life, Seth finds something he’s subconsciously been seeking—a new drug, one that consumes his mind unlike any other.
In a moment of unforgivable weakness, Seth allows Ali to try crystal meth, his most addictive temptation. This single event begins the unraveling of both their lives and forces Seth to learn the definition of regret the hard way.
"Life's a bitch, and then you die."
Shattered Soul is such a tragic, heart wrenching, make you ugly cry story. It was either going to be an epic fail for me or I was going to cry, I cried. If you think Shattered Soul is going to be some super happy story, turn around and don't look back because that's not what you're getting. My sister is a recovering meth addict and I can't explain to you how disgusting the drug is or how it's truly like a tornado that rips families apart. My sister fortunately was strong enough to pull herself out of it and became a stronger person, not everyone is though. Seth Bradson is like your typical high school stoner, he has a crappy life and copes with it the only way he knows how.
"This was how I dealt with my life. Every time I snorted a line, popped a pill, or smoked a bowl I was dealing with it, coping with it the only way I knew how."
It is so incredibly sad to know how true this statement is in our world today, to see Seth destroy himself because he didn't know how to cope with his dead beat dad, alcoholic mother, and psycho brother broke my heart. I wanted so bad to tell him to just stop, to get help before it was too late. To pull himself out of the world before he was really, truly in it but I obviously couldn't because he's fictional. When Ali Carson walks into his life that's when shit really hits the fan. Every time she would park in his driveway and wait for him to come back outside I would be sitting there freaking out because I was afraid of what Seth would walk into or how she would get involved because you can tell she obviously does by the synopsis. Ali made me emotional, like cry so much I needed tissues emotional. The things both her and Seth have been through are really tragic and I loved how Jennifer showed it doesn't matter if you have a perfect family on the outside, if you have both parents or one, if you are rich or poor, anyone can become addicted to meth for whatever reason. To see Ali get sucked into this world and watch what happened afterward ripped my heart to shreds. It was like Jennifer just took it and threw it in a wood chipper, no coming back.
To say this is a must read in my book is an understatement, I loved how Jennifer displayed the world of meth and it's affects. I loved how emotional she made me get, I probably was a bit more than most because of my personal experience but you'll get emotional either way. I loved how she crafted Seth and Ali and built up there relationship and then showed us exactly what meth can do to one. How desperate meth can make people and how it really does tear peoples lives apart. I highly recommend you read this book and remember to bring your tissues. Seriously.
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Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing young adult fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is an instant coffee lover with an obsession for spiral bound notebooks and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.
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