Monday, April 2, 2012

Life on Hold is full of surprises

In my personal quest to read and review a book by every author at YAAYNHO, I bring you Beverly Stowe McClure. Did you know? Beverly has written four novels for teen readers, Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines; Listen to the Ghost; Secrets I Have Kept; and Rebel in Blue Jeans. She also has a middle grade novel Just Breeze, a picture book, Frankie's Perfect Home, and an easy reader Tumbleweed Christmas. In her new book Life on Hold, Beverly shows off her talent for tackling the touchy issues that truly matter to teens.

Life on Hold
By Beverly Stowe McClure
4RV Publishing
February 2012
200 pages

Myra Gibson’s sixteenth summer begins with the discovery of a shocking family secret. The man she calls her father is not her birth father. Her world is shattered. She always thought her family was perfect. Her mother, the TV anchorwoman certainly acted like they were perfect. In fact, Mrs. Gibson forbids her to see Jeremy because he’s not perfect enough for her. After Myra discovers her mother’s secret she sheds her good girl persona and decides rules are meant to be broken. Myra’s search for her birth father leads to a summer of forbidden love and reckless adventures into the local county music scene.

Beverly McClure deals with complicated issues like adoption, teen pregnancy, and family secrets with realism and sensitivity. Teen readers can easily relate to Myra’s pain and rebellion. Part coming of age, part teen romance, Life on Hold is full of surprises. ~ Copyright (c) 2012 by Peggy Tibbetts

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  1. Thank you for a wonderful review, Peggy. The idea for Life on Hold came from an article I read in the local newspaper about a boy and girl that had a baby then went their separate ways, which happens a lot.

  2. Awesome review, Peggy. Bev, I think you must be a courageous writer.

  3. You're welcome Bev, it was a pleasure to read. The country western music scene aspect to it should attract a lot of readers. I also get a lot of my ideas from the news.

  4. Thanks Ophelia. Bev has a knack of getting to the core of teen emotions. At first I thought Myra was overreacting to the whole adoption surprise but then realized that is exactly how a 16-yr old would react. She nailed it.