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by Misty Provencher

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CORNERSTONE is the story of Nalena Maxwell, a girl who's been dubbed The Waste at her new school, due to her mom's obsessive paper hoarding. Nalena desperately needs something to change in her life. But when she receives a sign (and it's the wrong dang one) that invites her into an ancient community, EVERYTHING changes- what she knew of her family and her life and her…  See more details below


CORNERSTONE is the story of Nalena Maxwell, a girl who's been dubbed The Waste at her new school, due to her mom's obsessive paper hoarding. Nalena desperately needs something to change in her life. But when she receives a sign (and it's the wrong dang one) that invites her into an ancient community, EVERYTHING changes- what she knew of her family and her life and her future. While seventeen years worth of family skeletons come crashing into Nalena's life, it is the boy...the one with eyes as clean as Jesus...that steps up to help Nalena figure out what he already knows about her...

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Cornerstone 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was prepared to not really like this book, but once started, I couldn't put it down! And I bought the sequal "Keystone". Very very good and highly recommend. Don't let the paranormal type content put you'll be pleasantly surprised and will be glad you completed the book. I sure was!
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
When the book first starts out, it¿s Nalena explaining her mom's hoarding addiction to paper and not finishing stories. All her mom does is write out a character and plots pretty much. And it¿s gotten so out of control they have to rent out storage units to put all the paper. It¿s really heartbreaking what Nalena goes through at home and at school. Once someone saw all the paper when unexpectantly showing up at her house, the whole school knew about it the next day....calling her The Waste. So when Garrett starts showing interest in Nalena at the library one night, she thinks either A) he obviously doesn¿t know she is the school¿s outcast or B) it¿s all a joke. But one night after being attacked in the woods, secrets start emerging surrounding not only her family but Garrett¿s family as well. Nalena must now make a choice on which path to take; the ¿safe¿Simple Life path or one that could lead her straight into the enemies¿ snare. First of all, I just want to say how much I adore this book. So awesomely well written, I flew through the first half, only to pace myself as it got closer to the end. Cause with the end, comes waiting for the next book. AND.I.HATE.WAITING! But loved the characters, especially the whole Reese family. Garrett is adorable, funny, and absolutely scrumptious. (Ok cougar moment over). Would love to see more Sean in the future books. *cough* Could totally see a spin-off staring Garrett¿s older brother *cough* And even though Nali came off as weak at first, it didn¿t take long for her to become one kick butt character. But though there were times I wanted to shake/slap/yell at Garrett and Nali for not seeing what us readers could obviously see between them, I enjoyed the pace the story took in letting them find their way to each other. Please, please go read this awesome first book to what is most definitely going to be an awesome series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I literally couldn't put this book down. I read it at stoplights. I read it while walking down the hall. I put it in my lap at work and read it under the cover of the desk so no one would know. The writing style was so refreshing and Nali so believable that I cannot wait for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely awesome.. Thank you for such a great a great read..On to book 2
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CaptivatedRding More than 1 year ago
This is definitely one of those books that had me HOOKED from the beginning. I found myself COMPLETELY rooting for Nalena and her mother--no matter how "excentric" she seemed at first. From the beginning I could see that Nalena was one of those protagonists who is believable and relatable even amidst a supernatural storyline. What teenager HASN'T been embarrassed by a parent at some point? What teenager HASN'T felt like an outsider? Even amongst their own family? What teenager doesn't feel like the world is against them, sometimes? And what adult doesn't remember feeling all of these things, as well? There were moments when I could almost FEEL Nalena's frustration over being kept in the dark regarding pretty much everything in her life. And THAT is how I believe this story draws in its audience. There is convincing emotional turmoil packed with an exciting, romantic, and EXTREMELY original plot. Ms. Provencher builds a world that is unlike any other that I've read. It was really nice reading this story and NOT being able to guess what was going to happen next. There was no predictability here. I was frequently taken aback with curveballs that I found absolutely refreshing and brilliant! And the ROMANCE! OHHHH, the romance. It's so subtle and unhurried, but SOOOO sweet. I am very eager to see what becomes of Nalena and her beau in the next installment. I more than suggest that you read this book! I INSIST that you read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
iCornerstone at first seems like it's just your average, teenage girl that doesn't fit in and suddenly gets lucky when the popular guy starts to follow her around and ask questions/ Red Flags. She knows she's going to be the brunt of some cruel joke by some girls that don't like her. In fact, no one likes her. They call her the Waste because she lives with her mother in a home filled high with paper. Stacks upon stacks of paper that her mother writes on, stories she starts but never finishes. And once, a long time ago, when she was trying to make friends, a girl came by unannounced and saw all the paper, hence the name. Now Nalena doesn't know why Garrett is asking questions about her or showing up at her library table or defending her. And what's with this crazy stuff happening with her out of body experiences. And the man in the woods with the shovel trying to kill her? All very good questions that get answered in due time. Mom and Nalena have been on there own forever, living on welfare and suddenly Nalena finds this whole big family living right under her nose and that there is a purpose to her mother's writing and that there is a community that would pay for her services. And then there is Garrett. Because of a perceived threat on Nalena and her mother Evangeline's life, the two move into the home of Garrett's parents. This is tough as Nalena is majorly crushing on Garrett and she is getting mixed signals from him. There are highs and lows for them throughout their time together But the romance is not rushed at all. It is slow and even when their feelings for each other are clear, Garrett wants to take things slow. Refreshing for YA! Many lows come towards the end of the novel and there is a sneak peak into the second novel. If it's as good as the first it will be bought as soon as it is available. The author has a way with words, that I really enjoyed. Her metaphors like "my thoughts drift like feathers in a fan" and "but she laughs, a fluttery streamer of a laugh that doesn't float with me." I really enjoyed the complexity of the novel and the side stories that went along with it. I can't wait to see where it's headed and I hope you'll take my advice and don't pass this one up! It's an awesome read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's not very often anymore but I read a free book and then feel obligated to purchase the rest of this. This is however 1 of those. Right good novel
JLynnMc More than 1 year ago
Holy Cow!! I'm gonna tell you right now, you won't be able to stop reading this series once you start! It was SO ADDICTING!! I loved Nalena from the start, simply because she was different. She managed to push through every day regardless of her embarrassment. And Garret..mmmm...Garret. I can't even begin to tell you how swoon-worthy he is. Even when he's being an annoying stalker. This book has everything from painful, high school angst to serious life-altering revelations. I loved every second of it and poured through it at light speed because I HAD to know every detail as quickly as possible. This series is easily a new favorite!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just want to read the Series !!Like Now this book is AMAZING!! I give The writers All yhur props i loved It !! Make more Please !!!!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Just a story bits and pieces thrown together that really made no sense. Those reader that say'wow', they must have gotten something I did not.Alo ,Cusp, Contego Fury. Kinda like futuristic meets high school. Makes no sense . like its left alot out. What is the meaning for these people ,memory writers,protectors of what.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story grabbed my attention by starting out with the mother being a hoarder. I thought I would get inside the mind of a hoarder but this story takes a totally different direction; one that is understandable and emotional. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’m excited after reading Cornerstone!  The book is well written and from a teacher’s perspective, a book I would love to see in the hands of students.  There are so many lessons to pull with our nationally recognized CORE standards in place.  There is no better way than to sneak learning into an original, fast paced adventure.  This is just what turns reluctant readers into passionate readers!  I was reading for pleasure, but the student learning just kept jumping off the pages.  The high interest provided in this book will be an avenue to teach/reinforce lessons in the use of metaphors, figures of speech, character development, word choice, compare and contrast only to name a few.  The characters are strongly developed as the reader falls in love/ hate with them. The story is very intense, as it twists and turns with the reader slamming pages to be a part of the action. The words play to the reader as if watching a movie (another feature to hook our challenged students).  I really appreciated the message to readers, fear makes us weak and we should stand strong.  As you begin the book understand the first chapters are providing the foundation; it is like the clicking of a roller coaster as the ride begins to leave the boarding station. Certainly I loved the two main characters, but I have to say the totally hippie-organic Addo captured my heart with his humor! This original story was fast paced, wonderfully written, great to use in the classroom or just to enjoy some time away with amazing characters that will leave the reader with the proverbial, “book hangover.”
ssmommie75TB More than 1 year ago
Misty Provencher wrote a good fast paced book. Cornerstone drags you in and keeps you flipping the pages.
Shellene More than 1 year ago
I didn't get to start reading this book until yesterday and I had a hard time putting it down. Nalena is a girl in high school and she becomes outkasted when they find out her mom
AmberSupernaturalandYARev More than 1 year ago
This book was just phenomenal and I cant wait to read the rest of this series. I so did not expect the twist to be what came to. The least likely girl ends up getting the attention from one of the most popular boys in school but its not really for the reason most would think. Nalena is about to find out that there is a world that she never knew existed that so much has been kept from her her whole life. The reasons for her mothers strange ways are soon to be revealed to her and she doesn't know what choices to make now that she is faced with having to make a decision. No matter what decision she makes she is bound to upset someone. I really enjoyed reading Cornerstone and can't wait to get into book two of this series. Misty Provencher has really out done herself, I wish I would have read this book much sooner, I didst realize how much I was missing til now! This is a must read for anyone who loves paranormal, I promise you wont be disappointed! 
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The book was really good but the editors failed to fix the improper pronouns. It's terribly distracting to read "I" when it should be "me." And it happened frequently, thus pulling me out of the story to lament upon English grammar education.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No lead in to another book and abrupt ending. Aweful read
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