When long-time crush Mike Anderson invites her to the Prom, suddenly her future looks brighter. Rowan's younger sister, Trina, however, is determined to ruin her new-found happiness, no matter the cost. And when Rowan discovers her mother's long-held secret, she finds herself teetering on the edge of an abyss. Can Rowan find the strength to move toward the future or is she doomed to dwell in the past?
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When Rowan was just ten years old, she helped care for her little brother one night as her parents were fighting. The two month old baby boy appeared to be cold, so she covered him with a blanket. The next morning he was found dead. Rowan's family blamed her and despised her for the loss of his life. A Life Redefined is a dramatic depiction of one girl's story as she struggles through grief, loss and self-doubt. At times her pain is so great that she turns to cutting as a way to deal with the agony her heart cannot suppress. She works out a plan to escape the family which seems intent on keeping her from ever finding any sort of happiness. Author Tracy Hewitt Meyer has skillfully crafted a book which will hold great appeal to a young adult audience. Strong character development and heartfelt introspection provide a greater depth to this book which is full of valuable life lessons. A Life Redefined is highly engaging and full of interesting plot twists which keep readers engrossed from the beginning clear through to the powerful finish.
I don't know what I was expecting when I went into this novel, but I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. It's definitely more deep and emotional, not light and fluffy. It was one of those books I didn't want to put down, I just wanted to keep going. I read almost all of it in one sitting, a rarity for me nowadays. Seven years ago, Rowan was led to believe that she was responsible for killing her baby brother. Her family is broken, with a father who holds her in contempt, a morbidly obese mother who sleeps all day, and younger sister that is out of control. Rowan just wants to get good grades and get out of this place. Honestly, when Mike was first introduced, I thought it was going to be one of those "Girl has huge crush on super hot, really popular guy who shockingly does pay attention to her but turns out to be a joke/he's a huge jerk/something". So I am pleased to announce that Mike actually was just a nice guy. I liked Rowan. She's been dealt a hard lot in life, yet she still stays focused on her goal, of going to college and getting out of her terrible house. I can't begin to imagine what it would be like to go through the things that she did. But Rowan was a very complex, well-rounded character, and was very well written. I ached for her when sad things happened, I felt happy for her when (rare) happy things occurred. I felt the myriad of emotions right alongside Rowan. I also like how Meyer spotlighted on deeper issues, like cutting. Rowan is a very strong character, and it was nice to be able to see inside her head for issues like this. The pacing was well-done also. Even in parts where not as many things seemed to be happening, there was never a lull or a time when I was bored with the story. And maybe I was just too caught up in the story to think about it, but the twist in the end did catch me by surprise. This was a very good book that I would definitely recommend. Meyer has a great writing style that will suck you in and hold you. Even if this isn't your normal type of book, I think you would enjoy it. But be warned, this isn't something light and fluffy. It is definitely deeper and more emotional.