Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Book Review: Before the Storm

By Diane Chamberlain
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Published: June 2008
Personal Rating: 4 stars
Source: Borrowed

Summary from GoodReads :
Overprotective of her troubled teenage son Andy, Laurel Lockwood allows him to attend a church social. When the church is consumed by fire, Andy saves the other children. But when Andy is suspected of arson, Laurel must ask herself how well she really knows her son.

My Review:
What a story the author has woven. I was amazed at all the twists and the turns that have come and gone in this book. When you think you know where it’s headed, there’s another curve thrown at you.

This is the second book of Diane Chamberlain I've read. Again, not a disappointment. This book is told from each main character's point of view and done very well. It does not get repetitive. The book focuses on the social problem of fetal alcohol syndrome (FASD) and was interesting with small facts about FASD. Alcoholism (obviously) is another problem in this book, but not only with the mother.

The characters are all very strong and poignant in the plot. If I was asked to pick a favorite it would be really tough, but I would have to choose Maggie: a seventeen year old girl, getting ready to go to college and feeling very independent. You can see that she is ready to be on her own and an adult. She is very sweet and caring towards her brother and has a tattoo signifying one of her qualities that is very similar to her dad.

Get ready for weaves and turns and twists all the way to the very last page. It is quite a ride.

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