Lean on Me

Lean on Me

by Candy Crum


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DISCLAIMER: Though this is a YA novel, it still contains violence, language, and other situations some may not be comfortable with.

When sixteen year old Briana Grace discovers that she's pregnant after only having sex one time with her emotionally and physically abusive boyfriend, Mike Rhodes, her life begins to twist and turn upside down. She discovers who truly loves her and who she can really trust.

Her boyfriend turns on her and nearly kills her when she won't agree to an abortion. Bri has to fight for her life and that of her little girl. She struggles to learn how to turn her life around and rise above all the bad after the world turns against her when more and more people learn of her pregnancy.

No matter what, there's one friend that she can count on through thick and thin. He has been her best friend since childhood and they've never seen anything more from their friendship... Until now. She must learn to trust her heart again so she can see the bright future with the one who's been there all along.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781495987694
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/15/2014
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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Lean on Me 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Momma_Chaos More than 1 year ago
**Spoiler Warning** This was my first novel by Candy Crum. I was initially drew to it due to the subject matter. As a former teen mom, I wanted to see how she would handle a teen pregnancy. Boy, was I ever in for more than I expected!! The story itself was well written and had wonderfully developed characters. This is one of those stories where someone asks you what it's about and you launch into a 10 minute speech of everything that happened and how emotional it was. Just ask my husband.. ha. He won't be asking me about books for a while. Characters: I loved Briana. She is such a strong personality. Only 16 when she becomes pregnant, yet she has the force of will to stand up to her parents (who immediately disown her) and get herself out of an abusive situation. She is pretty much my hero. And then we have Matt.. The best friend. Matt is the type of guy that we all want our daughters to fall for. Loving, responsible, always there to take care of Briana and protect her. He's pretty much perfect. The Drama: Oh the drama. This book surprised me with the sheer amount of various dramas that were put forth. Most authors focus on one specific drama and go from there.. Not our Candy.. She manages to tackle teen pregnancy, abusive relationships, finding love, abortion, difficult decisions and pregnancy complications. Any of these topics would have made for a wonderful story and IMO it takes a special author to be able to take on them all and write a novel that astounds the audience. From the very beginning you will fall in love with Briana.. I did . You will most likely want to strangle her parents.. I did. You will hate Mike (abusive boyfriend) and spend lots of time wondering how justice will be served and cross your fingers that he gets what's coming to him. I am still amazed at the evil that is Mike. You will root endlessly for Matt and Briana to finally be together.. And towards the end, you will struggle with the decision that Matt must make and wonder if you would have made the same one.. The Moral: As I said above, I believe that Candy managed to encompass many things in this book.. -Teaching us about teen pregnancy in a more realistic view- it's not all smiles. -Teaching us about abusive relationships and how we should be strong and get out. -Teaching us to be strong - like Briana- and stand up for what we believe in. No matter what. - Teaching us (as parents) that we should support our children no matter what. Everyone makes mistakes. In conclusion, I was deeply moved by this book. I recommend it for anyone who likes a good story. While it does tackle difficult situations, it is a wonderful young adult/new adult book. Initially when I saw that subject, I thought to myself - No way would I let me young adult reader be reading about pregnancy ect.. But there are no sex scenes and it's very clean in that regard.. I immediately had my teenager read it (she too fell in love).
Felicity_Nichols_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Candy Crum is a first time author for me and I truly enjoyed her story. Lean On Me follows the story of Bri. Captured in an emotionally abusive relationship, Bri becomes pregnant and embarks on her journey though hell.Watching Bri stay strong and focus on her baby really motivated me to continue reading. Mike is her abusive boyfriend determined to keep her from having a baby and ruining his life.  Her bestfriend Matt swoops in to save her and protect her. Sealing a relationship that the two of them never realized was there, Matt realizes he wants to help her heal and grow strong. As he spends more time with Bri, it becomes evident that he is in love with her and is willing to protect her at all costs. Candy Crum takes you on an emotionally roller coaster with Lean On Me. She touches on sensitive subjects bringing them to light. This is definitely worth asking your teens to read because it helps them to understand the depth of how bullying, emotional abuse, and teen pregnancy really are. I give high praise to Candy for writing such an inspiring story for us. I would love to see more about Bri and witness her growth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have you ever had a book touched you so deep that when you tried to sleep scenes from the book would keep bouncing around in your head? Yup, happened to me with Lean On Me by Candy Crum. This story brought back memories of when my sister was 16 and pregnant. In this book, Bri has to make a decision when she finds out that she is pregnant at 16. She makes the hardest one of all. She decides to keep the baby no matter who is against it. I fell in love with the strength that Bri showed throughout the book. She had to  fight every step of the way to ensure that her baby was kept safe, inside and outside of the womb. She and Matt had me laughing with their goofball wit and how they missed their true feelings for each other. Bri’s parents made me want to hunt them down and knock some sense into their heads. I mean really, what parent would do that to their child? Nope not going to tell you what it is, you will have to read the story! This is a story about more than a teen pregnancy; it is also a story of an abusive relationship and the consequences that can happen. This is a great YA book and if it can touch the heart of at least one, if not all, teenager that reads it, it could be a life saved. I believe that anyone who reads this book will like it and I give it a 5 star rating.
Ginas-Library More than 1 year ago
This book was so much more than I thought it was going to be. I read it in a day. I just could not put it down and couldn't let go of Briana. This book will tug on your heart strings. I found myself feeling many different emotions while reading.  Being a teenage mother is hard. You never know who is really a friend and who is just a friend for appearances. Briana has to fight very hard to keep her child. She is determined to keep her baby and still have a good life.  Matt and Briana have been best friends since childhood. Some say they are more than just friends. They have a bond like no other. Is he there for Briana when she needs a friend the most? Or is one of the many that turn his back on her too?  There is so much I want to say about this book but it would be a spoiler. This is definitely a good selection for a book club so you can discuss all the different dynamics of it with others.