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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-01-28 02:46
Book 7/100: Panic by Sharon draper
Panic - Sharon M. Draper

For a book about a girl who is kidnapped and forced into pornography, this book just wasn't as SCARY as I expected it to be.

Perhaps this is because Draper treats the details of exactly what happens during Diamond's confinement so sensitively, which I can understand in a YA book, but it also deflated the tension a bit. Diamond is drugged before the abuse starts so you never really get to see her realization that she's made a mistake; you never get to see the man's transformation from charming to abusive. The story also cuts away to her classmates in a dance class often, following their own lives in the week that follows her disappearance. They have their own problems to deal with, and they don't seem quite as jarred by her disappearance as one would expect -- especially her best friend, who spends most of those days supporting another mutual friend who is having trouble with her boyfriend.

There are a lot of issues crammed into this book -- abduction, rape, dating violence, incarcerated parents, etc. The dance motif is well done, although sometimes the dance teacher comes across as a little too wise and benevolent. What I found most interesting about the book was its examination about how sexual violence exists on a continuum -- within the course of the story we see boys/men who are respectful of women and refuse to participate in their objectification in any way, right down to deleting racy photos sent to their cell phones. Then we see an abusive boyfriend who <spoiler>sends provocative photos of his girlfriend to his whole contacts list to shame her</spoiler>, which is essentially an stepping stone toward the furthest end of the spectrum in the pedophile/pornographer who has kidnapped and abused Diamond.

With something like this, which would totally rip a girl's world apart, I really wanted to see more of the aftermath and recovery. Getting out physically is not the same as getting over it, and while the book acknowledges this, I felt that too much of the story was left untold by closing the curtain without letting the reader in on that journey.

Still, this is an important topic, certainly a worthwhile cautionary tale, and also important for anyone to remember -- many of the girls/women you see in pornography did not arrive there by any sort of "choice" we would recognize.

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text 2013-06-18 17:15
Painted Boots Blog Tour with Mechelle Morrison

  Title: Painted Boots 
Author: Mechelle Morrison 
Expected release date: Between June 28 – July 5, 2013 
 Age Group: Mature Young Adult Genre: Contemporary romance
 When her father drags her to a new life in Wyoming, Aspen Brand doesn’t expect to fall for a cowboy named Kyle Thacker—but she does. At seventeen, Aspen and Kyle share unexpected ground: guitar, running, physics. And guilt. Aspen blames herself for her mother’s car accident, while Kyle can’t find a way past his brother’s suicide. On their first date they open up to each other, forging an unbreakable bond between them. But Kyle has spent two years living with a vicious secret—one his ex-girlfriend will do anything to protect—and sharing his truth with Aspen makes her a target. Now if Kyle is to be her love story, Aspen must first win the fight of her life. 
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About the Author 
Mechelle Morrison loves language--she's always wished she could speak and write them all. She lives for chocolate, lazy summer days, spontaneously funny things . . . and family. She's sort of scared of dogs. When she's not reading or writing or wandering the world, she can be found in her backyard in Utah with her husband, their daughter and the bevy of quail that live behind their garage. If she didn't write she'd make stop-motion animation shorts. So she does that anyway. Visit her online: www.mechellemorrison.com 
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