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Angry

Emma's parent's unexpected divorce has thrown her world out of control. Everything seems to be falling apart and Emma is the one stuck trying to hold it together. The guilt her parents inflict on her causes her to respond in anger and the last thing she wants to do is ...
Emma's parent's unexpected divorce has thrown her world out of control. Everything seems to be falling apart and Emma is the one stuck trying to hold it together. The guilt her parents inflict on her causes her to respond in anger and the last thing she wants to do is be around them. The two bright spots in her life are her friends and the upcoming school production of Les Miserables. When Emma lands the part of Eponine, she finds a unique way to deal with the pain. What she does not know is that God is going to use this play to draw her to him.
When I read the synopsis for Angry, I expected it to be heavy reading full of drama and teenage angst. I was pleasantly surprised to find that although the author deals with Emma's anger, the book is not depressing and heavy. Emma is presented as an authentic teenage girl whose life is changing. She is angry at her parents and a bit rebellious, but anger does not define all of who she is. Rather Emma is fun-loving and happy at some parts. She genuinely cares about her siblings, friends, and even parents. The story emphasizes the use of God-given passions as a coping technique for dealing with pain and anger. It's a good idea and far better than some of the unhealthy ways that some people cope with their anger. I would recommend this book for teenage girls as that is who it is aimed towards. However, as a 20-something, who hasn't been in high school for awhile, I still enjoyed the book.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

posted by Sneezybee23 on November 15, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Angry

Angry is a new young adult novel written by Laura L. Smith, which tells the story of a well adjusted, "normal" 16 year old girl who devotes herself into her new role in the high school play to escape the pain of her parent's divorce. I am sure many teenagers can relat...
Angry is a new young adult novel written by Laura L. Smith, which tells the story of a well adjusted, "normal" 16 year old girl who devotes herself into her new role in the high school play to escape the pain of her parent's divorce. I am sure many teenagers can relate to this story of divorce especially in today's society. Obviously, considering this novel is written for teens, the emotions are a bit one sided as it does not consider the parents' point of views. Even though divorce is a difficult thing for anyone to deal with, the reader can not feel too sorry for Emma, the beautiful, popular, talented young girl who has her friends and a leading role in a play to fall back on as a release from her pain. Furthermore, she has her own car (a Jetta) at age 16 and babysits her siblings as a job to earn money. In fact throughout the book a few references are made to a past relationship Emma had with a boyfriend from the school year before in which Emma spent a month believing she might be pregnant. Obviously this indicates she doesn't have a difficult time finding dates either. Other than the divorce part, which is a common thing that many young people as well as families go through these days, the heroine of this novel, Emma, is a character that many young girls in secular society, would envy. Dispersed throught the book, are some quick prayers that Emma makes to God during the difficult times she faces when dealing with her parents. No where in the book, is there any positive indication that Emma is specifically a Christian that had placed her trust in the Lord. Apparently she has sexual relationships, and worldy ties that are opposed to the Christian lifestyle. It is not obvious through her prayers as to whether it is just out of religious/ superstitious tradition or habit or from true faith. Nevertheless at the end of the book, after she succesfully performs in her play in front of a packed audience, her attitude changes as she decides not to let the divorce get the best of her and that she has other talents and things going for her life such as her involvement in Drama. This 155 page fast paced story is easy to read in one sitting. As for the title of the book, I must say that Emma's reactions are in no way innappropriate by the standards of today's society, and she does not come acroos as being abnormally angry either. As far as Emma's decision to have sex before marriage, it was clearly established in this book that the relationship in question took place long before her parents decided to get a divorce. In fact perhaps that divorce was a catalyst for Emma to seek a more productive outlet such as acting, rather than sexual relationships, to find fullfillment in her own life. As a blogger for Navpress I recieved a free copy of this book for the purposes of this review.

posted by PJtheEMT4 on November 11, 2010

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  • Posted November 15, 2010

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    Angry

    Emma's parent's unexpected divorce has thrown her world out of control. Everything seems to be falling apart and Emma is the one stuck trying to hold it together. The guilt her parents inflict on her causes her to respond in anger and the last thing she wants to do is be around them. The two bright spots in her life are her friends and the upcoming school production of Les Miserables. When Emma lands the part of Eponine, she finds a unique way to deal with the pain. What she does not know is that God is going to use this play to draw her to him.
    When I read the synopsis for Angry, I expected it to be heavy reading full of drama and teenage angst. I was pleasantly surprised to find that although the author deals with Emma's anger, the book is not depressing and heavy. Emma is presented as an authentic teenage girl whose life is changing. She is angry at her parents and a bit rebellious, but anger does not define all of who she is. Rather Emma is fun-loving and happy at some parts. She genuinely cares about her siblings, friends, and even parents. The story emphasizes the use of God-given passions as a coping technique for dealing with pain and anger. It's a good idea and far better than some of the unhealthy ways that some people cope with their anger. I would recommend this book for teenage girls as that is who it is aimed towards. However, as a 20-something, who hasn't been in high school for awhile, I still enjoyed the book.
    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

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    Touchy subject, daring portrayal.

    Emma is devastated by her parents' divorce. Her life quickly spirals out of control as she struggles to cope with the ugly, far-reaching tentacles of divorce. Will Emma learn to turn to God before she completely implodes? Angry hit me on a couple different levels. I'm a divorced kid. It doesn't matter that I'm 29 years old and my parents broke up a hundred years ago. A divorced kid is always a divorced kid. It informed such a huge part of my childhood and adolescence that I can't help but ache when Emma does. The hardest part is watching Emma try to deal with this situtation without God (which was also my experience, as there was 10 years between my parents' divorce and my salvation experience). I wanted to climb into the novel and tell Emma that, trust me, painful moments are easier with faith. Downright bearable, in fact. Angry is a quick read, perfect for older teens. I don't say older teens because I think the writing will be too difficult for a younger audience, but simply because there is some mild profanity in the book. Parents will want to use their discretion on this. Hey, if your kid goes to public school (or pretty much hangs out in public AT ALL or watches any TV or listens to the radio, etc.), they've heard all these words before. Were not talking about the f-bomb here, and Smith doesn't use them in a gratuitous, sensational way, just at a few key moments when Emma can't seem to articulate her feelings any other way. But you make the final judgment call. There are also some touchy subjects in play here. Obviously, divorce is one. We also touch on alcoholism and more-than-hint about infidelity (the horrible, blatant, unrepentant kind). Emma's also very open about her own questionable sexual past. I think you probably get a lot of the backstory on this issue in Hot: A Novel, which is the second book in this series from Smith and deals directly with that topic. Angry is the third. Anyway, you'll want to use your discernment here, too. This could be a great resource for Christian girls struggling with a messy divorce in the family, and perhaps anger about any number of issues. But I think it'd be especially helpful for girls who have friends dealing with this issue. Perhaps the window into Emma's mind would allow those who have never experienced this level of hurt (plus anger, betrayal, abandonment, and all the other fantastic things divorce incites) to understand what their friends are experiencing. There is a free discussion guide available from NavPress that I think is awesome. It deals with the biblical perspective on the issues Emma is facing, as well as her unbiblical responses to her problems. Because the book is written first-person from Emma's point of view, we can only hear whispers of author Laura L. Smith's perspective coming through (which they do, but more so at the end). The discussion guide is a must-have, even if you're reading this book alone. Bottom Line: Worth reading, especially if you're dealing with these issues or know someone who is. Bravo to Smith for tackling a difficult, controversial topic from a teen's point of view.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 9, 2010

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    Angry

    Smith has done it again. I have reviewed one of her other books before and greatly enjoyed it; this one is no different. There is a teenage girl with a crisis that is not too extreme that no one has heard of it. The girl's parents get divorced. Even if readers do not have divorced parents, chances are they know friends that do. The protagonist faces much animosity towards her parents and towards God in her situation. She also dives into her school play to be someone else and escape for a while. I won't ruin the book, but I will say the girl comes to God at the end. Really, what else can be expected from "TH1NK" publishing, anyway? Not everything in the book is Christian, but non-Chrisitan girls reading he book will slowly ease into the character and not feel like she is judged. The cover did not strike me at first, but the book was easy and enjoyable to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2013

    This book reminds you of what it's like to be a teenager trying

    This book reminds you of what it's like to be a teenager trying to fit in. A good, quick read.

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    Posted October 8, 2012

    Angry

    Actually liked this book. Not bad premise wish there had been more of an ending though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    Laura Smith Nails It

    This author is great. She can make you laugh and cry, and the characters come to life. An emotional story, but uplifting. I can see how teens would love it. Any age, really......

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