Crumbling Walls

Crumbling Walls

by Laura Strandt


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Crumbling Walls by Laura Strandt


I had a good life… a safe life…a quiet life…

I had a place to live and food to eat and a bed to sleep in…

Books to read, paper to draw on and a friend who didn't mind when I wouldn't answer questions…

I didn't realize I also had a hole in my heart and a void in my soul…

Until I met Jack…

He ran headlong into my walls and broke through them, crumbling them to the ground, seeing the real me and choosing to stay by my side.


I had a great life… a loud life… a different life…

I lived with my parents and five brothers in a new house in a new neighborhood in a new town…

I spent hours on my bike, riding miles at a time…

Or, I did, until a quiet girl sitting on her front porch brought me to a screeching halt…

And I found something and someone I never knew I needed in the first place...

Her name is Emily and she makes me whole.

A boy on his bike, a girl on her porch...

Not all stories start so simply, but the story of Jack and Emily does.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780988748002
Publisher: Orange Publishing LLC
Publication date: 06/01/2013
Series: Jack and Emily Series , #1
Pages: 274
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Laura Strandt loves books, plain and simple. After devouring them for decades and telling stories to herself for years, she decided to take up the NaNoWriMo challenge in 2006 to try her hand at actually writing things down. Dave, her cousin, best friend, and partner in crime for the last thirty-six years, then spent their two-week vacation to the Grand Canyon reading it. Fast forward to 2012. She still loves books, and thanks to NaNoWriMo, she has written six more (so far). She's a children's librarian by day (and some evenings), but by night (and lunch hour), she is a writer. To Laura, it's the most perfect thing in the world: deadlines, writer's block, and all.

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Crumbling Walls 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Paul F. Murray for Readers' Favorite Crumbling Walls by Laura Strandt, Book One of the Jack and Emily Series, explores a darker side of growing up during the teenage years. Jack Callaghan, the second of six sons, is in high school and has a crush on a neighborhood girl, Emily. However, as Jack gets to know Emily better and the two become boyfriend/girlfriend, Jack discovers some very disquieting aspects of Emily’s life. Emily has had to pretend that she has a mother living with her, but all the while she has been living alone for three years. Jack’s parents, Elizabeth and Will, become major characters as the story progresses, and Emily confides to Elizabeth that she, Emily, has been the victim of a physically abusive father who allowed his friends to use her for their sexual pleasure in exchange for the illegal drugs which he craves. Jack has a confrontation with Emily’s father when he returns after three years, and the result leaves Jack feeling guilty and haunted by the event. Together, Jack and Emily must work through their emotions not only for each other, but also for the events shaping their lives. Crumbling Walls by Laura Strandt is a good novel and will have a strong appeal to older teens and young adults who are seeking to move beyond Disney-esque plots involving the high school queen versus the girl on the outside struggling for acceptance. This novel goes way beyond that formulaic type of plot, and it represents a good transition from teen fluff novels and television shows to more adult level drama. Some parents of younger age teens may object to the sexual content, and thus parental discretion is advised.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great want to read next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this from start to finish and can't wait to read the next book...I am hooked on these characters!