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March 30, 2012

Review: Interrupted by Rachel Coker - Juhina

Interrupted: Life Beyond Words
Title: Interrupted
Author: Rachel Coker

Publication date: February 14th, 2012
Publisher: Zondervan
Challenges: Contemporary, A-Z title
Genre(s): Young Adult (contemporary, historical)
Source: Publisher
Format: Finished Copy
Pages: 256
Can love really heal all things? If Sam Carroll hadn't shown up, she might have been able to get to her mother in time. Instead, Allie Everly finds herself at a funeral, mourning the loss of her beloved mother. She is dealt another blow when, a few hours later, she is sent from Tennessee to Maine to become the daughter of Miss Beatrice Lovell, a prim woman with a faith Allie cannot accept. Poetry and letters written to her mother become the only things keeping Allie's heart from hardening completely. But then Sam arrives for the summer, and with him comes many confusing emotions, both toward him and the people around her. As World War II looms, Allie will be forced to decide whether hanging on to the past is worth losing her chance to be loved.
I went into Interrupted by Rachel Coker with NO expectations whatsoever, I didn't even know it was historical fiction until I started it when I got "The Notebook" vibe and it was addicting! I loved how carefree and realistic it was, even though the protagonist, Allie loses her mother and gets adopted and taken away from her hometown the day after her mother's funeral. We deal with tragic and sad situations, but at the same time we do not lose the reality of things. 
The book is set in more than a 3 year period, jumping from when Allie gets adopted at 14, to how old she is now, which is 17. Even though Allie gets the best adoptee mother (Beatrice) I personally can think of, she is still closed off and can't seem to open herself up to Beatrice, who seems to also be lost and unable to get closer to Allie and show her that she truly does love her, and at the same time Allie can't understand WHY Beatrice WOULD love her. Allie did frustrate me in this aspect; I mean, you've been adopted by around 4 years and you've only been treated no less than a real daughter, so why would you still hold on to all these insecurities and mistrust? Don't humans, naturally need someone to depend on? no matter how 'independent' they say they are. Allie does grow, with the help of Sam, her childhood friend, or more like, the guy who followed her as a lost puppy for years. I adored Sam, he wasn't pushy, he gave Allie her own time and slowed down to her pace and basically tried everything he could to make her happy, even if it meant that he won't end up with her. 
Then enters the military enlistment. I liked, and disliked the addition of this idea, the like comes fro the phrase "Distance only makes the heart grow fonder" and disliked it for the fact that it sort of sprung up on me, I didn't have much time to adapt to the idea of Sam leaving, and I felt that Allie resolved her feelings a bit too fast because of it. However, even though the ending and resolution of the book felt a bit rushed, it was sweet, heartwarming, and just an overall feel good ending. I would recommend this book to any lover of realistic fiction, but beware, I couldn't put this book down! I am definitely excited for any new books by Rachel Coker and hoping for another brilliant realistic contemporary like Interrupted
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  1. Honestly, I knew nothing about this book until I read your review. I've seen the cover around plenty but I never bothered to find out what it was about. brilliant review! I'm glad this managed to surprise you and end up being a great read. :)

  2. I hadn't heard about this one either! I like how it sounds, too. I'm not much into historical, but I love romance and might end up giving this one a shot. Will keep my eyes open to see if I make up my mind! You've definitely brought it to my attention.

    Thanks for the great review!

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  4. Wow, this really sounds like a book I'd pick up on a whim and end up liking. I really like the cover and though I'm not into historical fiction, I really think this would be a good book to open up more to the genre.

    I need to read a Rachel Coker book one of these days.

    Great review, Juhina!

    Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile