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A kidnapping leaves a father fanatical about his only child's safety. A story of obsessive love and the quest for independence.

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A kidnapping leaves a father fanatical about his only child's safety. A story of obsessive love and the quest for independence.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781933963006
  • Publisher: Grove Creek Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/29/2011
  • Pages: 252
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 0.53 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 8.00 (d)

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Jennifer Laurens grew up in Southern California and later moved to Utah where she now lives at the base of the Wasatch Mountains. She has six children, one of whom has autism. She also writes under the name of JM Warwick.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2012

    Great book!

    The book was greeat, but seemed to drag on....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

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    great book

    I liked this book. It was cute. Not very original but cute. I liked the characters a lot. Though her daddy drove me crazy! He was way overprotected. The story was lovable and it felt genuine and I liked the way Ashlyn and Colin connected.This book contains a lot of love. love to family members, friends and of course a boy. And like in all families there are secrets and layers that they keep hidden to the public eye. It was a really nice story and the best was the thrilling part that you did not expect. If you like YA romance you will probably like this book. It was good but it wasn´t all up there if you know what I mean.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2014

    I enjoyed Laurens' FALLING FOR ROMEO (that's probably a 3-star b

    I enjoyed Laurens' FALLING FOR ROMEO (that's probably a 3-star book for me) but nothing about OVERPROTECTED worked for me. It felt like I was reading a rough draft of a story instead of a finished book, which is sad because the premise was great. The idea of a lonely, isolated girl being guarded by her childhood enemy sounded promising, and I wanted to like this. I really, really wanted to like this—and that’s the only reason I read to the end instead of quitting partially through. But there were so many problems.

    CHARACTERS: I wanted to feel bad for Ashlyn, and to some extent I did. Her mother’s a self-centered, alcoholic snob who hits on her 21-year-old bodyguard—the childhood friend her mother would have watched grow up as a kid (that, in itself, made her cougar-like flirting even more disturbing). Her father is obsessed with her, and I don’t use that term lightly. His focus on her protection I expected, but he also regulates who she’s friends with (only one approved friend, by the way), who she can date, even whose phone numbers she can have in her cell. So there was a lot to feel bad for.

    I wanted to root for Ashlyn as she stood up to her parents and became independent, but what I ended up with was a whiny main character who’s too weak to do anything but talk about what action she wants to take instead of, you know, doing something. I got a main character who spent most of her time fantasizing about her childhood enemy turned bodyguard, Colin.

    Speaking of Colin, he was fine. I mean, he was nice and considerate but about as exciting as unbuttered wheat toast. We learn nothing about him aside from where he grew up, where he’s going to school, his career aspiration, and the fact that his parents are still married. I wanted to know him, not know about him, but he was void of a personality. 
    In fact, all of the characters seemed bland to me, including her friend, who I suspect was added for some comic relief, which didn’t really work for me. 

    ROMANCE: The romance had such promise. You have a shy, naïve girl being guarded by a boy who in childhood terrorized her. I expected some conflict between them. Any conflict. But there was seriously none. Ashlyn spends all of five minutes still hating him for the way he treated her in the past before she’s mooning over him. His past behavior is glazed over (it seemed to be more of little boy teasing than anything remotely serious) and that plot line is more dropped than resolved (she never explains how his teasing made her feel). 

    But aside from the lack of conflict, there was zero chemistry between these two. Ashlyn spends most of the time giving him one-word answers while only narrating how she feels about him.  (Though I did enjoy her awkwardness in the beginning.) He, on the other hand, only seems to make polite conversation fitting of a bodyguard. I like that he stuck to his guns about mixing business and pleasure, refusing to kiss Ashlyn because he works for her father, but I didn’t understand how that would be difficult for him. He and Ashlyn don’t bond at all—as friends or more. How on earth they fell in love is beyond me. Until he told Ashlyn he loved her, I assumed Colin was completely uninterested.  

    I think what’s missing is the connection these two forge in a difficult situation. If they’d become close, talking about serious issues like the way Ashlyn feels about her lack of freedom or some issue Colin’s dealing with, then I might have believed they were in love. 

    PLOT: Up until the very end I wasn’t sure what the plot was exactly. Sure, we have the romance between Ashlyn and Colin, but there’s zero conflict there. We have Ashlyn’s freedom, but until the very end there’s no threat to her, so there’s nothing causing any tension. Because of that, events seemed to be thrown in to cause conflict, but they all feel so melodramatic: her mom’s breakdown/possible suicide attempt, her kidnapping, her father’s heart attack. It started feeling like a soap opera.

    I would have enjoyed the book more if there was a plot from the beginning: there’s a threat against Ashlyn’s life and she has to be protected by the boy who terrorized her as a child. OK, I could get in to that because then the book would be about the threat on her life and whether or not something bad would happen. 

    RESOLUTION, OR LACK THEREOF: I went into this wanting to see this sheltered, naive girl stand up for herself, but what I got was, well, meh. Yeah, she told her dad how she felt, but even at the end he’s STILL having her followed. I wanted to shake Ashlyn. Her father has so strictly controlled her life she may as well be Rapunzel—he put a freaking tracking device in her without her knowledge, for goodness’ sake—she’s close to her 18th birthday, and when she finally stands up for herself does she demand they remove the tracking device? Does she tell him he cannot, under any circumstances, have her followed for the rest of her life? No, she accepts the men in suits who follow her around all day simply because she doesn’t have an assigned bodyguard. Dude, the only difference is the assigned guard walked closer to you in the street. 

    There was no resolution with the mother, either. Yes, their relationship seemed a tad better, but we never learn why she put her arm through a glass case. There’s no talk or argument between Ashlyn and her mother when it comes out that Ashland and Colin are in love. The same Colin her mother propositioned when he first came to live with them. We’re told on occasion that Ashlyn’s mother is jealous of the time she spends with Colin, yet she’s happy at the end Ahlyn and Colin are in love, though I have no idea when her personality switched.

    WRITING: This writing style just wasn’t for me. I think Laurens was attempting a flowery style, but it didn’t work. For example: “His expression shifted from soft kindness to something unidentifiable to my inexperienced heart, but not unnatural.”

    Her metaphors fell flat (or made me cringe), such as the following mixed metaphor: “What did he know of the counterfeit life of which I’d been no more than currency, an ivory pawn.”

    And the dialog sometimes made me roll my eyes. For instance, Colin sees Ashlyn buying a book on sex and says, “Everything you need to know about love is already inside of you...” 

    NONSENSICAL THINGS: There were a lot of aspects of this story that didn’t make any logical sense. Such as:

    Ashlyn’s father was creepy-obsessed with her protection, yet he hired a 21-year-old college student who only aspires to one day be in the FBI to be his daughter’s bodyguard. For a guy as rich, powerful, and crazy as her dad, you’d imagine he’d hire someone with actual experience. Like a former FBI agent or cop. 

    Colin’s a college student, yet he’s able to live in Ashlyn’s house and shadow her 24/7. When does he go to school? This takes place in the fall and winter, but we never learn if he’s taking a semester off or…I have no idea.

    On top of that, time seemed to jump around a lot. For instance, they have a huge Christmas party, but then at the end Colin says he’s going home for Christmas. I assumed the Christmas party happened near Christmas. It was hard to follow just how many days/months passed.


    All in all, a good idea that could have used a heavy revision. If you’re looking for something by Laurens, pick FALLING FOR ROMEO instead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    Good book. :)

    I really liked it. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    Ok

    Book was ok

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

    Very Cool

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

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    A very twisted family tale

    I am going to go out on a limb here and say that the appealing thing about this book should probably be the romance that blossoms between Ashlyn and Colin. However, the thing that stood out the most to me was the dysfunctional family.

    There is a manipulative father whose obsession with his daughter's safety screams creepy. A mother who seems to be along for the ride, constantly trying to be in the spotlight. Then there is Ashlyn, the poor girl, I can't help but feel sorry for her. With no social life to speak of, it's no wonder she reads as immature. I'm a bit surprised that she can interact with people outside of her home bubble.

    This book is definitely cotton candy but it's cotton candy followed by a sweet tart.

    I wasn't bowled over by Ashlyn and Colin's romance, actually, I felt as though their past - and her fear of him - was left unresolved. I also didn't see the romance grow on Colin's side, granted we only see Ashlyn's side of the story, but there wasn't enough proof to show that he was interested. As a matter of fact, she seemed to throw herself at him, numerous times.

    I was also confused about Colin's education. Was he in school? Taking the semester off? Did he finish early but then decided to go back to school for further education? This mattered little to the plot, but I still wondered because it was mentioned here and there.

    Regardless of these inconsistencies, Overprotective stretches the imagination a bit with the psychology behind the family. It's a quick read and if you want some fluff, it's perfect for that long train/plane ride.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    Worth more than $4.99

    This is a very good book and is worth more than it costs. It is a decent length...544 pages and it is not really similar to any other books I have read.

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  • Posted April 22, 2011

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    A Fantastic Story!!

    This book is SO much more than a love story. It will show you struggle, emotion, love, and it's all so real. I adored every page of this story.

    We start off with New York "princess" Ashlyn. After being abducted by a nanny when she was young, her father goes to every precaution to protect her, including hiring a body guard to watch her. Ashlyn who is almost 18 constantly asks her father to lighten up, but he will hear nothing of the sort. So when her previous body guard starts to become to close to Ashlyn, her father fires him and hires a new bodyguard. Now, if having someone follow you around 24/7 was irritating, imagine if your new bodyguard was your childhood enemy. Soon Ashlyn will realize that people can change, there are secrets she could have never imagined, and to never give up on what you want.

    I adored this book! I feel like all the books I've read by Jennifer Laurens have somehow hit home with me. I can't go into details on why this one did or I would spoil the book. But, it has to do with Ashlyn's family. I know what it feels like to sometimes struggle with your family, and I love how Ashlyn overcomes this.

    I loved so much about Ashlyn. First off her name is gorgeous! I have such a thing for unique names. Also I mentioned I love how Ashlyn is able to deal and overcome all her family struggles. One way she deals with it is through her music. She plays piano until her emotions are released in the song, and I can SO relate. I don't play piano, but listening to music is everything to me. There are songs and lyrics for everything and it helps so much.

    Finally, Colin. Oh yeah... He's a sexy boy. :) Colin is the all brooding dark hair, dark eyes, strong, caring guy. He is SUCH a good guy and I'm a goner for them. Even though it's his job to protect Ashlyn, he does so much more. He cares for her, helps her, guides her, and is always there for her. I was rooting for Colin and Ashlyn till the very end.

    Another aspect of the romance I adored was that Colin was 3 years older than her! Yes! Thank you for showing a relationship where the characters aren't the same age and it works! I loved it!

    A couple few ending notes, i loved that there were B&N scenes, i loved the unique food, the amazing view from her house, among with other things! This book was fantastic and I highly suggest it! A definite go buy!! =D

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

    BookWhisperer Review: Overprotected by Jennifer Laurens

    Is there such a thing as OVERPROTECTING your children? Jennifer Laurens dives head long into the reality of a life for a young girl that has just that. After being kidnapped at five years old Ashlyn has learned to live a life of constant surveillance. Now at almost eighteen life is changing for this young woman, but her father is determined to remain limiting her experiences and understanding of the real world. While rebelling against her father wishes she finds herself without a body guard. Whom is quickly replaced by the one person that she hoped to never meet again.

    Truth be told Ashlyn's father must have realized that with his "princess" changing that he had more to protect her from than years prior. Now as a beautiful and talented young woman it became clear that she was no longer a little girl, but her father was determined to avoid changes that would allow her to life, learn, and most importantly love. When Colin and Ashlyn spend more and more time together it becomes clear that the memories she holds of this young man does not represent the man that he has become. As the story unfolds, so does the attraction and mystery of these two characters. Anticipation will keep readers on the edge throughout this novel with Colin's constant dedication to her job. Even as Ashlyn begins to show her feelings; it appears as though the feelings are not reciprocated. Though it soon becomes evident that his strength to hide his true emotions are beginning to slip.

    As an overall story it was a bit depressing to see this young woman craving adventure and knowledge that her protection prohibits. While at this age most young adults are experimenting and studying their selves; this young woman is under constant demand to continue being a child. This is a sweet love story that readers will enjoy, and remember long after the last page

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

    BookWhisperer Review: Overprotected by Jennifer Laurens

    Is there such a thing as OVERPROTECTING your children? Jennifer Laurens dives head long into the reality of a life for a young girl that has just that. After being kidnapped at five years old Ashlyn has learned to live a life of constant surveillance. Now at almost eighteen life is changing for this young woman, but her father is determined to remain limiting her experiences and understanding of the real world. While rebelling against her father wishes she finds herself without a body guard. Whom is quickly replaced by the one person that she hoped to never meet again.

    Truth be told Ashlyn's father must have realized that with his "princess" changing that he had more to protect her from than years prior. Now as a beautiful and talented young woman it became clear that she was no longer a little girl, but her father was determined to avoid changes that would allow her to life, learn, and most importantly love. When Colin and Ashlyn spend more and more time together it becomes clear that the memories she holds of this young man does not represent the man that he has become. As the story unfolds, so does the attraction and mystery of these two characters. Anticipation will keep readers on the edge throughout this novel with Colin's constant dedication to her job. Even as Ashlyn begins to show her feelings; it appears as though the feelings are not reciprocated. Though it soon becomes evident that his strength to hide his true emotions are beginning to slip.

    As an overall story it was a bit depressing to see this young woman craving adventure and knowledge that her protection prohibits. While at this age most young adults are experimenting and studying their selves; this young woman is under constant demand to continue being a child. This is a sweet love story that readers will enjoy, and remember long after the last page

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  • Posted March 2, 2011

    Loved It!!

    I loved Jennifer Laurens' Overprotected from the first page, and completed it within 4 hours. The plot was interesting, and I liked how Laurens went in depth with not only Ashlyn and Colin's relationship, but also Ashlyn's parents' relationships so that the story wasn't as boring and one-dimentional as YA sometimes tends to become. Although I found Stuart to be predictable, the plot was not so cliche that his predictability irritated or caused me to enjoy the book any less. The only other thing that I didn't particularly love was that Ashlyn had hated Colin so much in the beginning of the book for the way he had treated her only to suddenly have her distrust of him diminish after a short apology- as if it were not a big deal any longer; I thought that particular change in their relationship was too fast. However, overall, I really loved the story and deffinitly recommend it for others to read.

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