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Posted October 1, 2011
From the first page I couldn't put this book down. PJ Sharon's story is both heartbreaking and heart warming. I recommend this book not only to young adults but to adults. It will capture your heart.
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Posted November 26, 2013
A heart-felt story from page one. Heaven is For Heroes isn't your average young adult, coming of age novel. Instead of vampires and werewolves, you'll find a girl, much like yourself. A girl that is struggling to accept the death of her brother and the fact that the military claims his best friend, and her long-time crush, is behind the death. If you're an empath like me, you may have trouble getting too sucked into the story. PJ Sharon pens strong descriptions and well-developed characters so that you get carried away. If you're looking for a different kind of young adult novel, this one is great.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 19, 2013
The Plot. This book was so emotional in some parts and then I felt it was left lacking in others. The book would be really emotional and amazing in one chapter, than in the next it was almost dull and monotone. Yet the emotions were so strong that it made the book seem really good. Also there were parts that were very slow and monotone. It was hard to get into the book because of this and I found myself skipping pages sometimes. Yet I still really liked how the book turned out and I loved the struggle that this book presented.
Jordie. I really liked Jordie’s character because she wanted the facts and the truth and was willing to do almost anything to get it. I loved her determination and she really held the story together. I felt like Jordie was a really strong character that had to deal with a lot of bad stuff in her past. I loved learning about her history because it made me appreciate her more as a character.
Alex. Alex was also a great character and I loved his strength. I loved his interactions with Jordie and I loved how he responded to her pushing and prodding. It made him a better character and made it easier to really like and appreciate him.
Overview. Overall this book was good and I would like to see more by this author. I also wouldn’t mind a continuation of this book or even a similar book.
Posted August 5, 2013
You better keep a big box of tissues near by while reading this. It's a gripping story about handling the grief of a passed loved one and the life with out him, it's about believing in someone who doesn't believe in himself and it's about coming to terms with the fact that sometimes life isn't fair.
I've been wanting to read this book for quite some time but have never gotten around to it. I really should have, I can't believe I waited this long to read it.
I loved how Sharon wrote Jordan, her hand-on approach to life and her strength. She's immensely loyal to both Alex and Levi and won't let any one of them go out without a fight. And she fight hard. And dirty. She's a sneaky little devil to get her ways, until she realizes that sometimes people have to get through things on their own and work it out in their heads.
Coop is the sweet boy Jordan grew up with and who, along with her brother, got her in a lot of trouble. The Cooper who returns from Iraq is a changed boy. No longer the carefree soul he was, he now has to face the loss of his leg, the loss of purpose and the loss of his best friend who's death he's held responsible for. Who wouldn't change? I loved every bit of him, except the fact that he gives in a bit easy. I don't know if that because Jordan is such a force of nature and steam rolled all over him or because he just doesn't have it in him to fight her. Anyhow, I would have liked to see a bit more fight of wills between the two.
The one thing that bothered me is how they came about to commit a federal crime a late Saturday night with no repercussions whatsoever. A Saturday night after being in a drunken barroom brawl at that. I just kinda tried to ignore that whole chapter.
Other than that the story was absolutely amazing and held me firm from the first page, and had me crying through most of it. Just have in mind that I'm a bit emotional when I read, but I'm sure it can squeeze a tear or two out of you too.
Posted September 12, 2012
Have your tissues handy ...You'll need them! This book brought me to tears several times, the first being only pages into it. Despite the tears, I really enjoyed reading this book. It was brimming with emotion, and the author really nailed character's reactions to situations, what they felt at certain times, etc. The characters' experiences of loss felt genuine. The way the characters worked through their difficulties was inspiring--this author certainly does not underestimate teens the way several other YA authors have. I felt that I could relate to Jordan, the main character, she was not whiny or reactionary. The way she is portrayed is the way I remember feeling when I was a teen. At a time when she is a bit whiny, she acknowledges it, and has a reason for feeling so.
I loved the subject matter of this book. Veterans have always been close to my heart, and I really love how the author makes this subject accessible and applicable for teens, and does not make it preachy at all, but appeals to the heart. The situation the characters are in is not an easy one, and at every turn, it seems like more obstacles get in their way. As I said, grab your tissues! I was surprised at times by my own emotional reaction to some of the things in the book. In the end, though, the characters have hope, and the future for them seems wide open :).
Kudos to PJ Sharon for an enthralling work. I can't wait to read more of her books!
Posted July 6, 2012
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HEAVEN IS FOR HEROES is a romantic novel that will capture reader's well past the age of YA. Jordie became my daughter, yet it was easy to identify with her struggles to find her place in the world and in the heart of the soldier she loves. The story's portrayal of stormy love in its early stages reminded me of a time when love was painfully sweet. Visceral details, emotional twists and plain old "Awww" moments make this a touching, inspiring, satisfying story.
Posted April 4, 2012
This story can resonate with many families nowadays. A young man is killed in the war. How does the family deal with their loss and help each other through the grief? How does the neighborhood ?
This is a tender story, but filled with anger, fear, recriminations, and a longing for love. Written for teens, it also resonates for adults of all ages. I had a hard time putting it down.
Such a beautiful story, however, was marred by less than beautiful formatting, at least for the Nook. It was distracting to find words broken in the wrong places, punctuation hanging out alone on the wrong line or wrong page. The careful work that went into the story line was demeaned by the packaging.
It is still worth reading, but could a much better experience with more attention to the final preparation.
Posted February 11, 2012
Jordan ‘Jordie’ Dunn is seventeen and trying to cope with the sudden loss of her Marine brother, Levi (Lee) and the wounded but alive childhood friend Alex ‘Coop’ Cooper. Lee and Coop got caught setting the new and still under construction high school on fire and they had a choice. Spend a year in juvie or join the Marines. They chose to join the Marines and when a special ops mission in Iraq goes south Levi is killed and Alex loses his right leg from the knee down and his memory of the event. Alex is blamed, but Jordie believes it was her brother who disobeyed the order to stand down. She wants the truth and she wants to help Coop heal. In the process she falls in love.
While this wasn’t my typical read it is a decent YA story of coping with tragedy and moving on. Jordie is mostly strong and wise beyond her years though she has moments of teen angst. Coop is easy to like and it’s not hard to root for his recovery. I also liked Brig, Jordie’s grandfather, but her mom, not so much.
I would have given this a review of 4 except for one thing that really bothered me…Marines are not soldiers. Soldiers are Army and Marines are Marines. Marines get very irritated when they are called soldiers. They don’t like it. At all. How do I know this? My husband and my oldest son are Marines (now out). Never call them soldiers and never call them ex-Marines. Unless you’re insulting them and that’s never a very good idea. o.O
*The author provided a copy of this book to me for review. Please see my disclaimer page on my blog.
Posted January 10, 2012
Posted December 16, 2011
Seventeen-year-old Jordie is coping with the death of her brother, who was killed while serving as a Marine. But some of the circumstances surrounding Levi's death are suspicious. Her brother's best friend Alex was also present, and injured in the accident that killed Levi. As Jordie tries to find out what really happened, the relationship that never was with the boy she's always loved finally happens. Other family dynamics and a secret long-buried come into play while Jordie learns to deal with her new-found love for Alex, who has struggles of his own. While mostly a "quiet" book, this young adult contemporary romance deals with some heavy, current-events issues like PTSD, and never skimps on emotion. Jordie's a smart, likable heroine who sometimes does stupid, impulsive things that add to her authenticity, as do Alex's hot-and-cold ways. If you're looking for a highly emotional read with a liberal dose of realism, Heaven is for Heroes is sure to please!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 28, 2011
The summer before Jordan's senior year, her brother is killed in action and his best friend, Alex--the boy Jordan has crushed on since she was six--comes back from Iraq, wounded and unable to remember the details of what got his friend killed.
Heaven is for Heroes is not a fluffy coming-of-age tale. It deals with grief, guilt, self-harm and forgiveness in a realistic, yet gentle manner.
Jordan and Alex are great characters who I found myself rooting for. They are both instilled with a can-do/must-do attitude under tough circumstances as they deal with what they've lost and learn to appreciate what they've gained.
Posted December 4, 2011
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Posted November 13, 2011
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Posted November 13, 2011
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