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On Thin Ice

On Thin Ice

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by PJ Sharon

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ON THIN ICE is about a 17yo figure skater dealing with her mother’s cancer while trying to live up to the expectations of her family. Penny has to face issues like anorexia, a teenage pregnancy, and family secrets that threaten to change her life forever. The story is a complex, richly woven tale that deals with the consequences of hiding the truth of who we


ON THIN ICE is about a 17yo figure skater dealing with her mother’s cancer while trying to live up to the expectations of her family. Penny has to face issues like anorexia, a teenage pregnancy, and family secrets that threaten to change her life forever. The story is a complex, richly woven tale that deals with the consequences of hiding the truth of who we are, and making sacrifices for the ones we love.

Seventeen year old figure skater Penny Trudeau has secrets. She’s not perfect, as hard as she tries to be. With a mother who is dying and a father who treats her like she’s invisible, Penny has every reason to lie. To escape the life that is spinning out of control, she falls into the arms of an older boy. But when she lies about her age and he finds out the truth, Penny loses the one good thing that has happened in a long time.

Carter McCray is the hockey hunk she falls for, but Carter has his own family drama, and he’s not looking for trouble. Penny proves to be the exception, until the truth comes out and he can’t get past the betrayal—or her father’s threats.

Can Penny find her way back into Carter’s heart, or will she have to face the harsh realities of life on her own? Penny’s choices lead her down a dangerous road and the secrets she’s keeping will change her world forever.

Editorial Reviews

Linda Avellar
5.0 out of 5 stars Real life teen issues, December 20, 2011

On Thin Ice doesn't pull any punches and it doesn't sugar coat real life issues. PJ Sharon has a knack for getting inside her character's head and putting you right there with her. On Thin Ice is funny, sad, shocking and heartwarming - a book readers of any age won't be able to put down.
Rhonda Lane
This was an amazing story of strength and hope. Ms. Sharon writes with such passion that the emotions hit straight to the heart. Her characters seem so real and you can't help rooting for them to overcome the obstacles put before them. I loved this book and highly recommend it.
Pat Yager Delagrange
On Thin Ice was a magnificently written book with excellent character descriptions. I couldn't put it down and when I had to, I wondered what would happen to the main character. It was a roller coaster ride of teen angst yet well-done and emotional. PJ has a flair for writing and, though I am far from being a teenager, it held my attention throughout the novel. Great read!
Gayle Snow
Exceptional writer!! I didn't want to put the book down, but didn't want it to end either. Great story with teachings on forgiveness & being strong. I have read the Authors other book "Heaven is for Heroes" Another GREAT story!! In both books I felt like I was right there. What I also love about the stories is there seems to be such wisdom in doing the right thing and about real love. Can't wait for the next book.
Lorelei Buzzetta
A MUST read for young adults and beyond.

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Meet the Author

PJ Sharon is author of several independently published, contemporary young adult novels, including HEAVEN IS FOR HEROES. Her stories have garnered several contest finals, including two awards for ON THIN ICE, and a place in the prestigious Valley Forge Romance writer’s contest for SAVAGE CINDERELLA.

A member of RWA, CTRWA and YARWA, PJ has been writing romantic fiction for the past six years, and following her destiny to write Extraordinary stories of an average teenage life. PJ is mother to two grown sons and lives with her husband and her dog in the Berkshire Hills of Western MA.

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On Thin Ice 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to P.J. Sharon and Netgalley.) 17-year-old Penny is the youngest of 4 girls, and the only daughter left at home. Unfortunately Penny’s mother has lung cancer, and is dying right in front of Penny’s eyes. Penny has more issues though; she has an eating disorder, she’s not sure if she wants to carry on figure skating, her father acts like she doesn’t exist, and she desperately wants to feel loved. Is a new boyfriend the answer to Penny’s issues with love? And how will she cope with the death of her mother? This was a really interesting coming-of-age story, although I expected there to be more skating. Penny was an interesting character, and I admired how she dealt with all the stressful things going on in her life. It seemed like more and more problems got piled on top of her, and she did so well to keep it together, even one of these issues could have crushed her, but she kept right on going even when things were hard. The storyline in this was pretty good. I expected this book to be more about the skating (because of the cover and the title!), but the skating actually seemed like quite a minor storyline really. Instead we had a whole host of other hard-hitting problems like the death of a parent, and a whole load of other stuff that I really can’t go into because of spoilers. I did see some of these problems coming, but so many others were a real surprise, and I really liked not knowing what was about to happen next! There was some romance in this book, but the book was mainly about the journey that Penny went through. There were some really nice romantic scenes, and I really enjoyed them, but that wasn’t all that the book was about. The ending to this was pretty good, although I really don’t think that Penny’s troubles are over yet! Overall; a good coming-of-age story, but not much skating. 7 out of 10.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
  I chose to read On Thin Ice because it was available on netgalley and I love all things related to the ice-hockey or figure skating and I was intrigued. I am also drawn to books that deal with illnesses and problems at home, so this synopsis basically said Brandi, read me.     I was not disappointed, because I really liked the narrator Penny. She is hard core scheduled and she takes on so much at home and at school. I relate with her because I am one of the people that was like that with home and school, but Penny is different from me in that she was good at something, very good. At skating and she juggled that along with everything else. She had so much on her, but she stayed so strong. Of course she had her weaknesses, but I got to see her grow in those through the book.     Carter definitely got my attention right along with Penny's. He wouldn't stand for bullying and then he was kind, if awkward, when they ran into each other. I do think that the attraction and progression of their relationship was fast, but I felt the chemistry so was able to ride with it. And honestly, if you give me a reason why they see something in the other person, I am not as picky about insta-love type things as others, because it is a reality of teenage relationships.      There was a lot going on in this book, the skating, her responsibilities, including her mom with cancer, her jobs, eating disorders and body image issues, plus the lying about her age, and the things that Carter is dealing with on top of it all. But I was never confused, and I felt like the plot lines kept themselves up and they were all able to be resolved, or given hope for the future that things are working themselves out. I felt like it was trying to shove the cliches into one story and a few I think weren't really necessary, but that aside, or in spite of it, I couldn't look away from the book and I was invested in Penny and couldn't stop reading. It still is realistic and emotional though. Unfortunately there are no miracles to make everything a perfect HEA, but it makes everything believable, and therefore satisfactory for the book.      I did appreciate the hard work that she had to do in counseling, and although she was resistant to going at first, which actually made it realistic, that it wasn't an addendum at the end. She was working through things for a good part of the book, and that healing takes a long time, it is not easy, but it is worth it.     There is a good bit of talking about religion, but again, it worked. I think that it was her personal battle, although there were some monologues from the nun sister that while they were believable that your nun sister would say these things, I know that some might find it a bit preachy. BUT they were all things said that helped Penny to ultimately find her way, her answers, and peace.      The ending worked for me, showing hope, optimism, that sorrow and grief are burdens that you will forever carry, but that you can still find and experience joy.  Bottom Line: Captivating ya contemporary, cliched at times, but great messages and character development.
ABrantley More than 1 year ago
PJ Sharon has crafted another coming of age young adult novel that is truly heart-felt and emotional. When a young Penny finds her life falling apart around her, she finds a moment of hope in the arms of Carter McCray. Unfortunately, she isn't truthful with him. Of course, Carter has his own problems and doesn't need more. When he finds out that Penny has been lying, he sends her away. Can the two find love or are they both destined to a life of loneliness? You'll have to read On This Ice to find out.
MelanieMeadors More than 1 year ago
This book was a page turner! I found myself hoping that Penny would come out on top and make the best of her situation, and I couldn't stop reading until I found out. I know a lot of reviews said that they thought it was a lot for one girl to go through, and that even two of poor Penny's issues would have been enough for a touching novel. I feel like this book was going after a bit more than just being a touching story, though. I think readers could see a very real glimpse of what life as a troubled teen can be. I've worked with troubled teens, and I have seen first hand, one problem leads to another, to another. A child of a woman with cancer would have control issues, and food is a very common thing for girls to control. The burden of her responsibility at home would very naturally lead to her making some irresponsible decisions outside of the home, etc. Yes, I thought it was a lot, it was painful to see the character go through that, but I think many people would be surprised to know how close to reality this story comes in many cases. PJ Sharon didn't pull any punches with this one, and I think it might help some people to see how life for a teen can be like when things aren't all roses and proms and cheerleading.
lulumikey More than 1 year ago
PJ Sharon gets to the heart and soul of the things that young people struggle with. Penny Trudeau faces a lot of family issues that other young people encounter, including relationships with young men. As an ice skater who works hard, she must overcome many challenges and learns important life lessons.On Thin Ice is uplifting and young people need to hear stories like this so that they don't feel they are alone in their struggles. I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! I could not put it down. This should made into a movie. Parents and teens should read this book!
LoreleiBuzzetta More than 1 year ago
A MUST read for young adults and beyond. Penny's story is about how she overcomes the twists and turns life puts in her way. Dealing with her mom's cancer and grief, the  responsibilities that are passed on to her,  learning the effects lying can cause, family issues to deal with and her future and those in her life. Penny finds herself ON THIN ICE at the rink but especially in life,  with decisions to make, consequences to deal with and understanding why things happen and how to make the best of it. Not all is lost and there is always the right solution to any problem. Very inspirational, full of hope and surprises.  This story covers so many issues that I'm sure readers will connect or at least relate with in some way. Also, a beautiful love story, every girl would love to have a Carter in their life.  This book really touched my heart and as a parent it reminded me how life is viewed from a teens point of view (the inexperienced one I once was) and as an adult to understand and be more open with my kids letting them know they can come to me no matter what problems they face.  I highly recommend this book. Once you start reading you won't want to put it down. I liked that it wasn't so predictable and had me eager to keep reading.  PJ Sharon does an awesome job with the voice. Her scenes play like a movie, very well written and I love happy endings. Caution-tissues are a must for this one, I give it 5 hearts!