Monday, February 9, 2015

#We Proudly Present a #Book Review: 32 Seconds by Johanna K. Pitcairn

To the average onlooker, the city of Los Angeles represents glitz, glamour, and the celebrity lifestyle. But to seventeen-year-old Julie Jones, the city is a vast host of problems she’s longing to get away from. The latest? An unfortunate disagreement with her ex-boyfriend Mark—one that could land her in some serious hot water.

So rather than face the troubles that torment her, Julie decides to run away from her old life and start fresh somewhere new. But her parents aren’t on board with the plan, and she soon finds her bank accounts frozen and her wallet empty.

With just seventy-five dollars and a full tank of gas, the troubled teen is far too stubborn to turn around and head home. So what’s a girl to do?

What Julie doesn’t know is that her travels are about to take her somewhere unexpected—a place where she’ll be forced to come face to face with the ghosts of her past in order to secure her future.

A tale of redemption, hope, and freedom lost and found, 32 Seconds is a thought-provoking exploration into the human spirit and the nature of forgiveness.

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32 Seconds is yet another great book brought to you by B00k r3vi63w Tours, meaning an honest review is my gove-back for a free copy. (Thanks for that read, by the way, Debdatta) 
Soooo... what are my thoughts on 32 Seconds? Well, damn, this was not was I expected - it was one hell of a read and quite frankly one of the best YA books I've read in a long time. 
It started off as the typical spoilt, rich brat story - and believe me, Julie is so not your likeable, sweet heroine - but quickly changed. What follows is the heartbreaking story of a deeply hurt and angry girl who somehow manages to dredge up enough courage to stop running and confront her past and her demons. And don't you know it, she grows at the challenge. With every step she takes, she comes to terms with her past, her feelings and her life - in a beautifully written way. 
Apart from the story, which is amazing, the most outstanding thing about the novel was definitely the writing style. Johanna Pitcairn uses powerful, strong, and very literally inclined words to pull the reader into her story. It keeps you there, keeps you immersed in this story about forgiving yourself, about redeeming yourself and about finding yourself when you have lost sight of who you are - or never even knew who you could be without all the crap life sometimes throws at you (this is YA afterall - so embrace the teenage angst). 

One of the really good YA novels that stays with you long after you've finished. Awesome read with a lot of food for thought. And a not-so-comfortable trip down memory lane for everyone having already left their teen years behind.  Ms. Pitcairn, please write on!

About the Author
Johanna K. Pitcairn has dreamed of becoming a writer since childhood--authoring her first novel at the age of nine, and countless poems, stories, and screenplays by the age of seventeen. Later, rather than pursuing a career as a director and screenwriter, she decided to go to law school, driven by her father's opinion that "writing does not pay the bills."

Ten years later, she moved to New York City, which inspired her to go back to the excitement, wonder, and constant change of being a writer. Pitcairn is a huge fan of psychological-thriller novels and movies, and delves into her hopes, fears, friends, enemies, and everything in between in her own writing.

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