Monday, July 31, 2017

The Reformation of Marli Meade by Tracy Hewitt Meyer ~ Review

Title: The Reformation of Marli Meade
Author: Tracy Hewitt Meyer
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Length: 208 pages
Publisher: H2O
Release Date: December 1, 2016
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Born and raised on an isolated Appalachian mountain, sixteen-year-old Marli Meade yearns to break free from her father’s puritanical church, but fears its cult-like clutches are so deep she may never escape.

When she meets local boy Nate Porter, though, she realizes the life she craves—to be a normal teenager—is worth fighting for, even with the grave and deadly risk that fight would entail.

As her two worlds collide, exposing buried church secrets more sinister than she imagined, and unknown facts about her mother’s death, Marli must decide if she has the courage to fight for her future or if time has run out on her chance to live.

This book will really make you think about life, that wierd girl at school, and how nobody's live is perfect. Marli is quite a character. An outcast in her cult-like church's community for not being docile enough, and an outcast in mainstream society for being part of a cult-like church community. She doesn't fit in anywhere. But she has an inner strength that carries her above what is going on around her. She manages to hold her head high and roll with the punches until things really start to spin out of control at home.

The trigger for this is Nate Porter. Nate is a troubled young man that has been in and out of trouble. But he sees something in Marli that he can't seem to resist. We have a very slight case of insta-attraction, but it isn't acted on which makes it much easier for me to go with. It's one thing to be attracted at first sight - quite another to fall in love. Both teenagers are intrugued by each other and become unexpectedly close friends.

As Marli and Nate become closer, Marli's family and church are going round the bend into serious crazy town. We're talking life and death crazy town and I just couldn't put this down until I found out how everything ended. And it does end in quite a big blow-out fashion. Your heart will be racing and you'll start to wonder if any good will come of it at all.

This is a book young adult fans must read! It has it all - amazing characters, great plot, and a conflict that just blew me away.

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