Heart on a chain is such a beautiful book let me just start by saying that I rarely ever cry during books I cried reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and that was about it I am not saying that I
Heart on a chain is such a beautiful book, let me just start by saying that I rarely ever cry during books. I cried reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and that was about it. I am not saying that I never cry. I cry. I cried watching despicable me, for goodness sake. I saw it in the theatres and my friend was silently laughing while these silent tears rolled down my cheeks. I went into a hysterical fit while watching Bambi and Dumbo. I even laugh so hard I cry at the dinner table; yep I’m a cryer. But for some reason, I rarely ever cry during a book, so to bring so much emotion from me (a crying but not crying person), has to be an achievement.What can I say? This book was amazing, it was everything a good book should be, it was heart-warming, it had amazing (not all good) characters, it had an amazing hero and heroine, it had a great plot and it was really well written. What can I say? I loved it. Because I am terrible at giving reviews, I normally just rant on forever, I am going to make a list describing the book.1. Heart on a chain is about Kate, a girl whose mother beats her, her father is practically un-aware (I’m sure he knows what’s going on but he does nothing to stop it). So, Kate has spent the last 6 years of high school and middle school being the laughing stock of the schools. Because she is poor, does not defend herself and because they can. This all starts to change when her old friend Henry moves back to town. Henry use to be Kate's best friend and maybe for a little while something more. Henry comes back to this girl who is a shell of the girl he knew. Over time they become friends and then when everything is settling down, maybe something more.2. So, it had a good plot and there were enough twists and turns to keep you interested (so much that I was thoroughly shocked at some parts of the book), I have never before read a book with any resemblance to a plot like this. It was original and interesting and I stayed up (not studying for a test) to read this (totally worth it)!3. Now onto the characters, the author wrote the characters so well, there were some that you wanted to hate because of what they did and then you see their past and you learn why they are like that, lot’s of mixed emotions. There were a few characters (especially the main ones) that you just instantly loved; they had normal flaws, flaws that us as humans (and some aliens) have too. Yes, there were parts of the book where I wanted to slap Kate for being such an idiot (I refrained myself). But that’s what a good book has. It has us so emotionally vested in a character that we want to do that. This book sure has a lot of that.This book is a great read, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a good read, it may be out of your usual genre of books but give it a go, with the beautifully written characters and story, you may be pleasantly surprised.Popular Heart on a Chain Creat Cindy C. Bennett go inside Books 17 year old Kate has lived her whole life in abject poverty, with an alcoholic father and drug addicted mother, who severely abuses Kate At school, her second hand clothing marks her as a target Her refusal to stand up for herself makes her the recipient of her classmates taunts and bullying That is, until Henry returns Henry Jamison moved away six years earlier, just17 year old Kate has lived her whole life in abject poverty, with an alcoholic father and drug addicted mother, who severely abuses Kate At school, her second hand clothing marks her as a target Her refusal to stand up for herself makes her the recipient of her classmates taunts and bullying That is, until Henry returns Henry Jamison moved away six years earlier, just as he and Kate had begun to develop feelings for one another He returns to find the bright, funny, outgoing girl he had known now timidly hiding in corners, barely speaking to anyone around her, suspicious of even him Kate can t figure out what game Henry is playing with her for surely it is a game What else would the gorgeous, popular boy from her past want with her Kate finally decides to trust Henry s intentions, opening her heart to him Just when it seems he might be genuine in his friendship, tragedy strikes, threatening everything Kate has worked so hard to gain Can Henry help her to overcome this new devastation, or will it tear them apart forever. Cindy C Bennett was born and raised in beautiful Salt Lake City, growing up in the shadows of the majestic Rocky Mountains She lives with two daughters, and three dogs She also has two sons and two daughters in law She volunteers her time working with teen girls between the ages of 12 18, all of whom she finds to be beautiful, fascinating creatures When she s not writing, reading or answering emails she can often times be found riding her Harley through the beautiful canyons near her home yes, she rides a Harley and no, you d never know it to look at her.Please visit the author s website at cindycbennett. Bestseller Kindle Heart on a Chain What the fuck? I cannot understand how people are giving it 5-star reviews because this was one of the worst things I've ever read.I couldn't believe the whole book was so black and white. Kate, a victim of horrible abuse at the hands of her mother, has been ridiculed by her peers for her appearance for years. In fact, they physically abuse her too (wtf that scene)! But her knight on a white horse comes to her rescue in the form of Henry, her friend from childhood who has recently moved back to town. Henry is The Perfect Man. He's rich, kind, generous, and has loved Kate ever since they were little...even though he moved away.Henry finds Kate irresistible. In fact, we are told that Kate's beauty is what her peers, especially the girls, hate about her. It Cannot Be Diminished By Her Circumstances. Henry has no problem getting Kate to fall in love with him, though she refuses to tell him about her home life. Which, in all fairness, is really really horrible.But the whole thing was gross. Kate had no autonomy. Henry saved her. He swooped in and literally is her salvation. She isn't able to do anything without him. Also, everyone loves Kate. Everyone who matters, that is. Which is Henry and his whole wonderful family. THEY LOVE HER IMMEDIATELY. THEY ARE THE PERFECT FAMILY. HIS MOTHER MAKES PUMPKIN SOUP AND SERVES IT IN HOLLOW PUMPKINS. HIS GRANDFATHER GIVES HER $1000 SIMPLY BECAUSE HE CAN SEE THAT SHE IS HENRY'S SOULMATE.And why? I don't know. Kate is always telling herself that she doesn't deserve him and he's too good for her and, well, he's her only friend. GROSS. This story could have totally set Kate up as an awesome female protagonist, doing the best despite her circumstances, and using her own tools to love Henry AND to escape her abuse, but instead it's Henry who does everything for her. I mean, don't men always?Henry even proposes at the end, even though they're 17. I don't know what 13-year-old wrote this book, but it was atrocious. It's some pathetic fantasy concocted out of soap opera-worthy melodrama, written by a woman who clearly believes that only men can save battered women. I had trouble believing that this book actually existed and that I was reading it. But, you know, why shouldn't it be? Millions of idiots love Twilight; why shouldn't they also love this piece of trash?EDIT: The more I think about this book, the more upset I am. I actually think this is one of those novels doing a disservice to young women living with domestic violence because it tells them that only a man can come save them. This will make it far more likely for these young women to go from one abusive situation into another one, becoming emotionally dependent on their "savior", and unable to develop their independence. For example, Kate, who leaves her mother only to go to Henry.(Let's not even go into Kate's mother's depression and mental illness, which is an incredibly sad story in itself...)This isn't to say that Henry isn't a paragon of virtue, because apparently he's the Greatest Dude Ever. Which is awesome for Kate and all, since that really could've ended poorly. But Bennett could have easily EASILY made Kate the hero of her own story. I know I'm getting all rah-rah feminist (WHICH I HAPPEN TO THINK IS GREAT), but honestly, I saw this kind of stuff every day with my young female clients. That being said, this thing was just crock full of shit. I apparently forgot to address the part where the Mean Girl bully beats the crap out of Kate at school. Like, physically, on the floor of the girls' bathroom, beats the crap out of her. It's needlessly violent and gratuitous. But once the truth about Kate's home life is revealed, suddenly the bully is all apologetic and weepy. Like, "SORRY FOR BEATING YOU UP. I THOUGHT YOU WERE ALL GROSS AND SMELLY AND STUFF. I TOTES WOULDN'T HAVE DONE THAT IF I KNEW YOU WERE GETTING BEATEN ON AT HOME. MY B." And Kate's all, "NBD, girl, I got you."YEAH.THAT HAPPENS.AND THEN THEY BECOME FRIENDS.So...what's the message I'm getting here? That it was okay for her to beat Kate up had Kate NOT been from an abusive home? Or, maybe, and I'm going out on a limb here, Bennett could have made it clear that such bullying and violence is abhorrent under ANY circumstance. I'm not saying that Bennett was condoning the physical and emotional bullying by justifying it like that. I'm saying that was how it read in the book and I just wish that Jessica (was that her name?) could have undergone her own transformation in a different way as well.In conclusion: if you're a sane person with rational ideas about how people should treat each other and you like strong female characters, you're probs going to want to throw your ebook reader against the wall. I wish I could give this NEGATIVE STARS. I know I shouldn't expect YA authors to be role models, BUT THEY ARE, because youth read their books and are influenced by them and TAKE THEM TO HEART. And that's why books like this and Twilight INFURIATE me. At least Henry doesn't creep into Kate's bedroom to watch her sleep. We should be telling young women that THEY ARE STRONG AND THEY ARE THE PROTAGONISTS OF THEIR OWN STORY AND THEY SHOULD NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THEMSELVES. We should never, ever tell them that they can only be someone in relation to someone else.THE END FOR REALZ.
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