Shattered: A Daughter's Regret

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Cleo Neilson is the only one who knows why her mother was in a seedy part of town that one night, but she’s determined to keep the secret that’s breaking her heart. Walk through this teen fiction novel of grief, guilt, faith, and forgiveness. You won’t forget the journey. Tyndale House Publishers

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Overview

Cleo Neilson is the only one who knows why her mother was in a seedy part of town that one night, but she’s determined to keep the secret that’s breaking her heart. Walk through this teen fiction novel of grief, guilt, faith, and forgiveness. You won’t forget the journey. Tyndale House Publishers

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600069499
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/15/2011
  • Series: Melody Carlson's Secrets Series , #2
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Melody Carlson is the best-selling author of more than 150 books, including the TrueColors series (TH1NK/NavPress). Her first book in the Secrets series is titled Forgotten. She has won various awards for her writing, including The Gold Medallion and The Rita. Melody currently lives in the beautiful Oregon Cascade Mountains with her husband.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2011

    Must read!

    I love this book! It made me cry, and it made me laugh. More then anything though it made me think. So often we judge others based on what we see on the outside, but there's always a reason behind their actions. It taught me to take nothing for granted and that I cannot control how other's react.

    How ever there are some things that I didn't agree with spiritually, like talking with the dead, it was well written and good for the most part.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    highly recomended!!!!!!

    I love all of melody carlsons books. This one is a real attention grabber. If ou like this book you should read the samantha mcgreggor series. Also a very good series. I caan not wait to read the next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2011

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    Simple attention-grabber

    I found Shattered a simple read despite its sober themes. There weren't many plots and the storyline was straight-forward. This book deals with life issues a grieving teen faces and for a short book, it is done pretty well. More emphasis are placed on the topics of grief and drug usage. This book is just the type any teen can pick up for a leisure read. Despite it's lack of plot complexity, it has a good ending. Its main themes and topics weren't delved into deeply and that makes this novel easy to read. Considering grammar and the like, Shattered was well written. There was only a scene which was somewhat disjointed and vague, but other than that, there were no other problems. Overall, Shattered is an attention-grabbing story of a teenage girl's battle against grief and guilt.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2011

    a lot to take in but a good read

    I wasn't prepared for the heaviness of this book - it was a lot to take in. But Carlson had a way of drawing me in and I wanted to keep reading. I liked how the story is told from Cleo's point of view. I don't think I could've understood her thoughts and feelings unless she was telling the story. Cleo is real. She believes in God and goes to her youth group but she's suddenly faced with a lot of pain. So she tries to deal with it however she can. She has to find God again through it all - though He's been with her the whole time. I want to read the other books in the series now that I've read this one. I enjoyed Carlson's style - a good read.

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  • Posted June 9, 2011

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    I Also Recommend:

    A Life Experience Learned The Hard Way--Excellent Read

    Melody Carlson in her new book, "Shattered" Book Two in the Secrets series published by NavPress takes us on a journey into the life of a teenage girl.

    Cleo Neilson's best friend, Lola, wins two tickets to a christian concert. Cleo is determined to go to the concert to have one more night with her friend since Lola will moving the next day. However, her mom feels strongly that she not attend the concert. So, Cleo and Lola sneak out of the house and take the city bus to the Colosseum, instead of ordering pizza and watching a movie. After attending the concert, the girls return to Cleo's house decide her mom is asleep and goes to bed. The following morning Cleo's mom is not home. It is then that a policeman knocks at the door with bad news and Cleo's life is SHATTERED! Instead of turning to God in this tragic time Cleo turns to drugs/pills. Cleo can't come to grips with the secret she hides until Aunt Kellie comes to help out and Cleo gets a different perspective on her mom's "obsessive" protectiveness.

    Melody Carlson understands the human experience. Not the adult experience or the teenager experience just what it means to be human. Cleo makes a mistake. Granted, it is a mistake that brings tragic consequences but a mistake after all. How she deals with the guilt of her actions only builds up the walls that she has constructed around her. It takes her Aunt, with much patience, to reach behind those walls and help to free her back to living. The themes of this book are just wonderful: forgiveness, redemption and letting God put the shattered pieces of our soul back together again.This book and series was designed for teenagers and I recommend that teenage girls, and boys, read this. However, it is a good read for adults as well.

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    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from Glass Road Public Relations for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted June 8, 2011

    Fantastic Read!

    Shattered ~ A Daughter's Regret is powerful, gut wrenching, emotional and a truly outstanding book! This is a story that will stay with me for a long, long time. Honestly, I kept wishing this book had been out when I was a teenager. Ms. Carlson has such an deep understanding of young adults. Through out this story she addresses so much of what many teens are going through in this stage of their lives. She also leads the reader to understand that for each choice, there is a consequence and that through it all God's love can heal and forgive but in a way that isn't soppy or preachy. While this book is targeted for young adults, I encourage it for readers of all ages; there is truly something for everyone to enjoy and learn in this wonderful book! Many thanks to Glass Road Public Relations for the opportunity to review this book. The above review is a reflection of my honest opinions and views of this book.

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  • Posted June 8, 2011

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    A sad story

    *possible spoiler alert*
    Cleo Neilson is a spoiled young woman on the edge of graduating from high school, when tragedy strikes her family. A night in the city, that was forbidden by her mom, has led to a horrifically tragic event. Now Cleo is filled with guilt, knowing it is her all her fault. How will she live with herself? She cannot tell her dad, he is already blaming her mom's friend, and she knows that she will lose her father if he knows the truth. Turning to her mother's prescription cabinet Cleo finds herself in a web of despair, existing on prescription drugs and trying to keep it all together enough to make it through each day.
    This book was so sad to me, this poor girl looked for the answers in all the wrong places. I truthfully cannot say I enjoyed the book, because it was so hard as a mother to see this young woman making wrong choice after wrong choice. Finally reaching her breaking point and beginning to tell the truth to her aunt and her father is the only thing that saves Cleo from completely destroying her life. Discussion guide at the end of the book. 195 pages 4 stars
    This book was provided for review purposes only by Glass Roads PR. No payment was received for this review.

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  • Posted June 7, 2011

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    Explore deception and its consequences through this book!

    Cleo Neilson's best friend is moving away and she wants to make Lola's last night in town special. For Cleo, that means going to the big Christian concert in the city, but her mom won't allow her to go. She says that area of the city is too dangerous for two unchaperoned teenage girls.

    Convinced her mom is just being overprotective "helicopter" mom, she sneaks out of the house. After all, her mom has to let her grow up sometime, right?

    Cleo now faces the chilling consequences of her actions and a secret that is eating her up inside. As Cleo fights through her grief and guilt, she learns about faith in God and forgiveness through him.

    In Melody Carlson's new novel, Shattered, the reader gets to explore deception and its consequences through the story of Cleo and her overprotective mom. Considered spoiled by most of her friends, Cleo's facing a graduation without her best friend who is moving away. Faced with finding the perfect way to celebrate one final night, what no one knows is exactly what things will be placed in motion by one simple phone call to her mother.

    This is such a compelling read for anyone who has teenagers and provides a safe way to experience what happens to one family when things go too far and get out of hand. This is a must read and comes with a 5 out of 5 star rating. It's edgy, controversial, and definitely a wake up call to everyone from parents to teens.

    I received this book from Glass Roads Public Relations for my honest review and LOVED it! As a parent, time is so precious and this was a wake up call for me.

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  • Posted June 6, 2011

    Speaking with the dead?!?

    Overall:
    I like books where I know what the author is trying to impart to the reader. But in this one, I did not at all know what that was.


    Was she trying to tell girls that even if your mom is "overbearing" you should still obey them?
    Is she trying to relate how easy it is to slide in to a drug addiction?
    Or is she trying to tell us that mom's should not be overprotective?
    Or maybe we're supposed to simply realize that grieving is a normal process which should not be interfered with?

    Plot:
    ****spoiler****
    The book begins with Cleo (Main Character) disobeying her mom (who is portrayed as being overbearing) and sneaking off to a concert. When her mom realizes what Cleo did, she goes to the concert to find Cleo. And then gets murdered. Cleo learns this the next morning, and the rest of the book deals with how she feels guilty about the murder. And then how she takes her mom's pills. And doesn't want to stop, so she buys drugs.


    When her aunt figures out about the drugs, Cleo confesses about going to the concert, at which point her dad stops talking to her. (whether this is because of the drugs, concert, or both, we don't really hear)


    What really bothered me was the ending. Rather than Cleo rejoicing in God's forgiveness, we have....communicating? with her (dead!) mother and finding healing in that. (Something which Scripture STRONGLY forbids!)
    ****end spoiler****


    The first part was rather predictable, and even after that there were not any real surprises, except for the ending. (Which, as I have already stated, is something I strongly disagree with)

    Characters:
    Cleo is the only character we really learn anything about, and even she seems rather shadow-ish. As if we are simply aware of the fact that she is there, and we know some of what she is doing...but not much.


    I really wish that we had heard more about Cleo's mom before the murder. As it was, none of my emotions were really upset by her passing.

    Undercurrents:
    Listed below are some conclusions the author draws that I noticed:

    * Talking with dead people is portrayed as healthy and godly. (false)
    * It is easy to become addicted to drugs. (true, although perhaps exaggerated in the book?)
    * Confessing sin is the door back to happiness. (true, specifically for Christians, as they have a forgiving heavenly Father!)
    * 17-18 year olds do not need much parental supervision. (Depends. If they were trained well, then this might very well be quite true. However, Cleo seemed to be very immature. Besides this the Bible says we are always to honor our parents, even if as adults we end up disagreeing with them.)



    My Rating
    4 out of 10 stars. Not recommended.


    I received a free copy of this book from Navpress publishers in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted May 13, 2011

    Great Teen Read

    Shattered by Melody Carlson is the second in the Secrets Series. Cleo's best friend Lola is moving tomorrow. When Lola's mother purchases two tickets to a Christian concert, Cleo begs her mother to borrow the car so they can attend. Cleo's mother needs the car to attend a party and her father is out-of-town on a business trip. Cleo and Lola secretly make plans to take the city bus to the Colosseum, instead of ordering pizza and a movie, as Cleo promised.

    After attending the concert, the girls return to their homes. Cleo notices her mother returned from the party, but is not home. When Cleo awakens the following morning, her mother still has not returned. A sharp knock at the front door brings the police and the news which spirals her life into a drug filled lie. Her mother was murdered last night, a couple of blocks from the concert.

    This book, written for young adults, was very realistic in its plot. The tragedy of Cloe's life cause her to turn to pills instead of the Lord. This book is a story of forgiveness and redemption in a God who can put the pieces of our shattered, broken heart back together again. The discussion questions will enhance the lessons learned from this series, and could be used by a youth group, teen book club, or for personal use. I highly recommend this for the older teen in your life.

    Melody Carlson is the best-selling author of more than 150 books, including the TrueColors series (TH1NK/NavPress). Her first book in the Secrets series is titled Forgotten. She has won various awards for her writing, including The Gold Medallion and The Rita. Melody currently lives in the beautiful Oregon Cascade Mountains with her husband.

    Thank you to Melody Carlson and NavPress for this free copy in exchange for my honest review.

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