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What she really needed to know was did her mother contribute to the 'accident'? Who is the man repeatedly mentioned in her mother's journals? Where were the bodies of her ...
What she really needed to know was did her mother contribute to the 'accident'? Who is the man repeatedly mentioned in her mother's journals? Where were the bodies of her ten year old twin brothers, and who is the father of the child she now carries? No matter what the answers are, Debney knows, nothing will ever be the same.
Posted March 1, 2012
Truculent and defiant teenagers are not unusual, but ones that have to face one tragedy after another and deal with the consequences of their reaction to them are not. In this story, Ey Wade expertly portrays a young girl, Debney, whose mother fails desperately in the parental love department. When tragedy strikes, she makes one wrong turn that changes her life dramatically. An 18-year-old could go down one of two paths in these circumstances – the road to self-destruction or the road to self-fulfilment. Debney has to find an inner strength to choose the right one.
This was thoughtfully written by Ey, mostly in flashbacks. Debney is a well-conceived character with spunk and intelligence, and despite the disinterest and lack of love from her mother, or maybe because of it, she is a warm and selfless character. Her closest friends, although diverse in character are likeable and their mixed ethnicity bonds them tightly. All the characters in this book were well-drawn, the story is nicely paced and the result is a delightful YA novel.
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Posted January 2, 2012
This book is the story of the ultimate dysfunctional family and how against all odds and having everything stacked against you, you can rise above it all!! Debney is shunned and ridiculed by almost everyone at school. At home she has a mother who doesn't care for her at all and takes great delight in doing everything in her power to exclude her from feeling like she is a part of the family!! There were many times whilst reading this book that I wanted to jump into the pages and shake someone!! Debney's mother who was just so cruel and callous and downright evil, Debney's dad who should have had a backbone and stood up to Debney's mum and Debney for turning away Giante when he was so willing to be her support!! But that is the beauty of Ey Wade's skill as a writer. She has this ability to make you become invested in the characters. D.N.A is free flowing and well written. It is an easy although emotionally gripping read and I would highly recommend it to everyone!!
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Posted July 11, 2013
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D.N.A.—Nothing Would Ever be the Same is a gripping and engrossing young adult read by Ey Wade. Creatively told in present time and through memories, this novel draws you into Debney Armstrong’s life.
On the night of her eighteenth birthday, Debney’s life changes forever: Debney loses her virginity to the love of her life, Gianté De Vicari; learns that her parents and twin brothers died in a horrible accident in Italy; and after that, she gets drunk and taken advantage of by members of the football team who were at her house to celebrate her birthday. In spite of all of these events, Debney is an amazingly strong character ready to take on the world alone even when she discovers that she is pregnant. Worse still, Debney has no idea who the father is. I was impressed with Debney’s ability to deal with estate matters, continue with her senior year, and graduate valedictorian. Especially since Debney’s best friend, Nadine Cook, all but abandons her when the other kids at school terrorize Debney. With that in mind, I wasn’t sure that I liked Nadine’s character, but Nadine grows as a character by the time Debney is ready to give birth. I was happy to see Nadine mature and realize that she really needs to be there for Debney as the baby’s arrival approaches. Gianté believes he is the father of the baby and wants to be there for Debney and the baby, even if she is adamant that he go to college and get on with his life, which made me sympathize with his character.
Debney’s strength and intelligence shine when she goes on a TV show to determine the paternity of her baby. Despite the show’s intent to present Debney in the worst possible light, she shows her inner resolve and does not lose her temper with the show’s host, F.J., when he calls her names she doesn’t like. Debney puts the host in his place by using his birth name instead of his stage name, which made me cheer out loud.
With well-developed characters, D.N.A.—Nothing Would Ever be the Same, which also contains plenty of surprising plot twists about Debney’s family, keeps the pages turning rapidly to the dramatic conclusion creating a thoroughly enjoyable story that is perfect for adults and young adults alike.
I received an eBook copy from the author for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Posted June 9, 2013
.Technically there’s not a lot wrong with “D.N.A.” There are a few word use errors that are clearly typos and one place that I spotted where a name was used when clearly the name of another character should have been in its place. The story opens with Debney being tortured and her revenge in short order and flashbacks to key events follow so that the reader understands the pain that the young woman has experienced. We are constantly reminded of how much she loves her father and how rich he left her and how evil her mother, select adults and classmates are. Adult characters occasionally seem to lend voice to the author in the story in lecturing about modern teenagers and how loosely they treat themselves and their sexuality and as the intended audience is young reader, that message may hit the mark.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted October 10, 2012
Excellent, top-notch novel. This story will make you cry, laugh, cheer for Debney as she goes through all the hardache of losing family and discoverying the mystery behind it.
This is a MUST READ!, you won't be disappointed.
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