Violet Hayes knows how to survive the year living with her grandmother in the small town of Wandorah, Tennessee.
• Make Rose happy
• Don't sing or play guitar
• Avoid Sally Shaw
• Ignore Carter Jenkins
It seems simple enough, right? Wrong.
• How do you keep a depressed sister happy?
• How do you deny yourself your dream?
• How do you avoid a friendship?
• And how do you ignore a boy when he's everywhere you turn?
Violet's to-do list just became a whole lot harder.
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From Mary @ Rabid Readers Book Blog (https://www.facebook.com/RabidReadersBookBlog) Wow. That is the only word to describe this book. It had my emotions on a roller coaster ride. This is the story of Violet. She is dealing with a lot. She just moved to her Gran's house. Her mother is depressed because her father left them and is happy with his new girlfriend. And she feels guilty for enjoying any part of her life outside of her sister Rose. She has way too much on her for a senior in high school. She makes friends with Sally and Marcus, no matter how hard she tries to push them away. But the person that really makes an impact on her life is Carter. They start out their relationship not being able to stand each. But slowly they start to understand each other and a friendship forms that blossoms into much more. Violet has to learn how to be happy in her life. This was such a heart warming and heart breaking story. I had mixed emotions for the characters all the way through. At first I didn't like Violet. I thought she was a brat. But as the story progressed I understood her and felt bad for her. Her family made me upset because of the pressure they put on her. But I also learned to understand them as well. And I went from thinking that Carter was a jerk to falling head over heels for him. The author did an amazing job on swaying the readers opinion and keeping the reader entertained and surprised all the way through. I highly recommend this book. It's not every day I read a book that effects me so deeply. As I ended the book I felt like I had gone through all that Violet has. And emotionally as I read I did. This book taught that sometimes in life other people make decisions that affect us but they aren't our fault. Also for our own happiness it's okay to be a little selfish. This is a clean story so any age can read it. It has so many important life lessons for the young and the elderly. The writer will blow you away with how she pulls you in from the start, makes you truly feel and surprises you just enough to keep you from putting this book down.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. A Distant Voice is a beautifully written YA story about friendships, mental illness, family, and grief. Throughout this book I felt I was with Violet in a dark, cold cave on a roller coaster ride. I just wanted to wrap my arms around Violet and assure her this ride would end with brightness at the end. Thank you Birdie Blake for your writing style with this novel.
I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. There are some books that touch your heart so deeply, and A Distant Voice is one of those books. Bridie Blake did an amazing job making the reader feel the emotions, there was some difficult subjects and she handled them so well. It's a wonderful story about family, friendships and mental illness. This story has so much depth and truly speaks to the heart. I loved this book so much I am going to purchase it in book form for my bookshelves. I highly recommend this to all. I will be watching out for what Bridie Blake writes for us next!