Thursday, 10 April 2014

BOOK TOUR - LEAN ON ME BY CANDY CRUM


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Title: Lean On Me
Author: Candy Crum
Release Date: 16th March 2014

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

BLURB supplied by Promotional Book Tours

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.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Candy Crum lives in Indiana and is the Author of “The Eternal Series” and other short stories. She published her first novel, The Eternal Gift, in May of 2011 and has been publishing ever since. Candy is an avid lover of the paranormal genre, stemming from years of reading the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice when she was a teenager. Later, she developed a deep love of the Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead and the House of Night Series by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast, furthering her love of the genre and pushing her to really push to finish and publish her novel. Since then, Candy has released three other books in The Eternal Series and will release another later in 2014. Now, Candy is trying her hand at more contemporary pieces of work, like that of Lean on Me and other books she will release in 2014. Some of Candy’s interests include the usual reading and writing, music (of most types), movies (action and comedy or any combination of the two), cartoons (she loves to say that her children watch cartoons because she does), and drawing. She loves talking with her fans and loves reading the reviews that her fans are kind enough to leave for her. Always feel free to find Candy on Facebook and send her a message!

AUTHOR LINKS

FaceBook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon


MY REVIEW

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Title: Lean On Me
Author: Candy Crum
Release Date: 16th March 2014

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

BLURB supplied by Promotional Book Tours

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.



INITIAL THOUGHTS
So what was I thinking approaching this book? Mmm I'm interested to see how well the abusive relationship is covered having been involved in an abusive marriage I wonder how realistic the book will be. I am reviewing this one for a blog tour too so am reading it for many reasons and I'd say I am apprehensively looking forward to it.

MY REVIEW
Basically Briana one of the "popular girls crowd" is in a relationship with "the popular crowd guy" which all sounds great but Briana's boyfriend is both emotionally and physically abusive with her. Briana is trying to find a way to break off the relationship when Mike decides its time their relationship went to the next level of having sex. Mike feels like he has waited long enough and pressures Briana into having sex with him.
Then Briana finds out she is pregnant . . . what should she do? Her mother is very pro-abortion to get rid of "little problems" and her father will do as her mother demands, so Briana feels she cannot tell them. Briana wants to keep the baby despite how he/she was conceived and all the hardships she will endure to keep her child.
Luckily Briana does have a close male friend called Matt and his family to help her through. Matt's parents are initially mortified when they find out the truth of what Briana has been going through. Matt's parents are the type of parents everyone would wish for. Though Briana does try her best to go it alone to show everyone hat she can cope.
Briana suffers a lot, from being ridiculed at school to being beaten up by her babies father wh wants the "little problem" to go away.
As time goes on and Brian struggles after her parents remove support of any kind she is drawn closer to her close male friend Matt, could they be more than just friends?
Though the two are close friends they have both with held secrets from each other, can they learn to trust each other again? Can they remain friends through all the drama?
This book flowed really well and covered more than one difficult subject, teen sex, abusive relationship being just two of them. I really didn't want to put this book down until I had finished it. I was of course routing for Briana for everything to work out for her. At times I wanted to shake her parents. I also thin the character of Matt was brilliantly written, everyone need a friend like Matt in their lives. Though I have only mentioned what happened between Mike and Briana there is much more depth and drama to the story.
So did I enjoy the book? Yes, the book really drew you in and made you care about Briana and her baby. You really want her to succeed and do it her way. As a reader you always want to see justice served to Mike.  Would I recommend the book? Yes, if by teens reading it, the book prevent a teenage pregnancy, or being pressured into having sex then its moral has been delivered well. The book also contains messages for a more adult audience too about not staying in an abusive relationship, getting help from others as well as being supportive to your children too.  Would I read other books by Candy Crum? I'd certainly read another of books in this genre ad I thin I may give her paranormal/fantasy titles a go too.

BUY LINKS
 Amazon | B&N Paperback


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