6 Seconds of Life

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Maura has just jumped.

Now she has precisely six seconds until she hits the water below her--just six more seconds until she is finally freed from her mundane and aimless existence. Freed of all the regrets and disappointments that have haunted her throughout her nineteen years.

She just needs to be free.

But as she falls, the most pivotal points of her life start to replay like a movie in her head: her family...

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Overview

Maura has just jumped.

Now she has precisely six seconds until she hits the water below her--just six more seconds until she is finally freed from her mundane and aimless existence. Freed of all the regrets and disappointments that have haunted her throughout her nineteen years.

She just needs to be free.

But as she falls, the most pivotal points of her life start to replay like a movie in her head: her family falling apart, her first love, her first heartbreak, her first true friends, and her first betrayal. As she remembers these moments that brought her to this point, will she feel a sense of peace? Or will her death be her greatest regret?

"6 Seconds of Life" is a New Adult novel that not only explores the ups and downs of college life, but the ups and downs of life in general.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781479273072
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,108,337
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Biography
Tonya Fitzharris is a writer, reader, blogger, mediocre cook, photographer, runner, Florida native, and cat lover. She used to be a Middle School English Teacher, but now she's trying out the whole novel writing thing. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and her Belgian cat named Waffles.

Visit her website to learn more!
www.tonyafitzharris.com

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  • Posted November 16, 2012

    WOW! Just wow! You read books where someone is being talked out

    WOW! Just wow! You read books where someone is being talked out of suicide but in this one you are literally with the character as she, Maura, is going through her life as she's falling to her death!

    6 Seconds of Life was and is breath-taking! You meet and get to know Maura and find out everything that drives her to this decision. A lot of it is so sad and just made me want to cry and hug Maura because I've been through some of the things she's been so she is relatable. One of the things that really impressed on me was the relationship with her parent's, I don't want to spoil anything for anyone who hasn't read it, but there are just some things children should not be put through! Ok, let's just say this is a book you'll have to hold onto something for this one because it'll cause a wide range of emotions.

    Maura. What can I say other then that I really want to hug the girl. This girl does not need a shrink, she needs someone who actually cares. Why don't her dumb parents care in the way that she most needs it??!! Pure, raw emotion. Maura is brilliant. The author is just brilliant when she created Maura.

    The writing. My goodness! The writing is amazing, incredible. The writing is what made the whole book tie in together and just made it that more incredible. I had one issue that was with the flashbacks. I didn't really know where in Maura's history I would be taken too but after a bit I got used to it and I waited to see what part of her life I would read about.

    Read it! Read it! Read it! Read it! Like I said though bust out the tissues because I'm pretty sure you might need some! Can't wait to see what Fitzharris has for me because if it continues to be as great as 6 Seconds I am more then sure she will be asked to join a big publishing house.

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  • Posted November 14, 2012

    Wow this book is something! You guys have to read it. Just by lo

    Wow this book is something! You guys have to read it. Just by looking at the cover, I know I had to read this book because I knew I would relate to the story somehow. And I wasn’t wrong. When Maura commits suicide by jumping off a bridge, during the 6 seconds she’s on air, she remembers all of the tragedies, hatred, and pain she felt which we get to read. This book is wonderfully written, and I swear you will relate to it. I guarantee you that you will feel what Maura’s feeling because the whole story is just so realistic. It was written in 1st person and the author did a fabulous job. I was sinked into the story right away and I even cried guys. I’m not a crying person with books, but I did in this novel.

    I really like how per chapter, it stated how many seconds were left before Maura hit the water. Within those seconds, Maura has flashbacks of her miserable life and the real reason why she chose to commit suicide. Maura is a 19 year old (I think, or 18?) freshmen in college, but we also got to see her senior year and how she chose her college – which is the setting of the novel.

    Maura has so much problems with her family, boyfriend, her emotions, but most of all fitting in. Her character isn’t the “popular” teenager with a bunch of friends blah blah blah. She’s the one who really really tries to fit in, and no matter how hard she tries, she only gets herself in one of the worst situations.

    As the book progresses, we see how her life becomes worse and worse (especially when she joins the sorority) until she tells herself she has no choice but to escape her horrible life by killing herself. At first, the problem wasn’t really her fault, so I understood her situation there, but when it got halfway through the book, I was just like “okay, you’re the one putting yourself in those situations.” But again, she has all those pain kept inside her chest which just kept building up. Because she doesn’t have anyone to talk to about her situation, I understand why she’s acting so careless and “I don’t give a damn” kind of person.

    The only thing I didn’t really like was that the book ended all of a sudden. I was like “WHAT!? WHY DOES IT ALREADY SAYS ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS?” There were a few typos as well, and just to warn you there are cuss words here and there. No kidding though, this book felt so real. I could even see some of my personality in Maura’s character. Struggling with fitting in is definitely one of the challenges I have faced, and still is facing once in a while, but like Maura, I remind myself to not give a __ and live life I want it to be. But sometimes, we can’t help but just break down when we feel so overwhelmed with what life is throwing at us.

    I super duper ultra mega recommend this book especially if you’re in high school or in college. 6 Seconds of Life gives you something to think about, it isn’t just a story to tell you a story. It’s such a good book that I even jot down some quotes from the book. I also thought about being a psychologist which is a course I don’t even have interest in not until I read this book. It was mentioned in the book and a few details about it and it sounded really interesting to me. This book affected me in lots of ways and I hope you guys will experience the same thing when you read 6 Seconds of Life.
    *I have received a free copy of this book from the author for review purposes. It did not influence my opinion whatsoever.*

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  • Posted November 12, 2012

    MY EMOTIONS. OH MY GOD WHAT WAS I GIVEN EMOTIONS, WHY? When I f

    MY EMOTIONS. OH MY GOD WHAT WAS I GIVEN EMOTIONS, WHY?

    When I finished this book it was 1am and I was crying over a fictional character. I honestly can't describe my feels. At the beggining, I didn't like this book. To be honest, it was boring as hell. But I thought I just have to review it, so I kept reading.

    Six seconds of life left and so many memories to remember: I felt I became one with Maura, she felt so real. I know how depression feels and how Maura felt is real.

    This book was too good. It was a freaking rollercoaster of emotions and it left me sleepless for the rest of the night.

    Needless to say: 5/5 stars

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  • Posted November 8, 2012

    From the moment I read the blurb for 6 Seconds of Life, I just k

    From the moment I read the blurb for 6 Seconds of Life, I just knew I had to read it. I had to find out what would cause a girl to try to take her own life by jumping off a bridge. I have to say this is one of those stories that will stay with you long after you finish reading it.

    I felt so bad for Maura in this story. She did not have an easy go with life, she had so many things working against her. It has been awhile since I've really connected with a character like I did with Maura. I have felt some of the things she was feeling before, so I completely understand her reactions to certain situations. At times I wished I was right there beside her, so I could stand up for her. Maura really needed a good friend, someone she could count on to be there for her.

    Overall, I thought this was an engrossing read and I would definitely recommend reading it. There is some language in this book and it deals with some serious issues, so it might not be suitable for younger readers though.

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  • Posted November 8, 2012

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    "6 Seconds of Life" was a challenging book to read sin

    "6 Seconds of Life" was a challenging book to read since you can relate to it within your own life, or a life of someone you know, but one that I was totally impressed with. Although a work of fiction, this book is one that is and could be important for some. Tonya pens her characters realistic and full of emotions in a well thought out plot. It Highly recommended for everyone! *5 Stars*

    This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.

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  • Posted November 7, 2012

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    6 Seconds of Life by Tonya Fitzharris I have to say first I do

    6 Seconds of Life by Tonya Fitzharris

    I have to say first I don’t even know where to start with this review besides WOW!!

    Tonya Fitzharris has shared with us a very emotional, well written novel. 6 Seconds of Life is a book that you must or I may even say should read. The plot was well written, characters in her book were described beautifully and at times it was disheartening to me what Maura had gone through.

    So not to give anything away but Maura is at the end and cannot handle anything more and decides to jump off a bridge and end the pain, this story is about the memories she has her last 6 seconds of life. I have to commend Tonya Fitzharris in writing this deep, dark novel and say you have done a fantastic job. I’ve said in a few reviews that if an author can make you feel true feelings that she is one terrific author, job well done Tonya.

    You see flashes of Maura’s life in high school through College and its friggen heart breaking to see how she came up with the decision to end it all. Even as I write this review thinking of this story it brings tears to my eyes. I was pissed at her parents, her friends and just plain pissed that someone so young had to face so much, OMG this poor girl.

    Maura character is written so well you feel like your reading about a very real person not a character in a book, the things she has had to deal with in her young life broke my heart , the depression and lack of self worth is clear as you read this novel. I bet there are many young people who can relate to some of the feelings Maura has and hope and pray for anyone who experiences some of these feelings can reach out and get help before the contemplate suicide.

    I could go on and on about 6 Seconds of Life and Tonya’s writing but all I will say is that I highly recommend this book and I mean highly. It’s worth the cost and the time it takes to read Maura’s story.

    I have rated 6 Seconds of Life a 5 star rating, I can’t forget parts of this book and I truly felt for Maura and her pain seemed so real to me.
    Go now to Amazon and pick up a copy.

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