Saturday, March 22, 2014

Review: Now That I'm Stronger

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Synopsis 
18817205NOW THAT I'M STRONGER
What Would You Do If, In One Moment, You Learned Your Entire Life Was A Lie?
I did it.” These three words, uttered by Brianna’s father, changed her life forever. Confident in her father’s innocence, Brianna had been convinced that the jury had made a mistake. Instead, with her father’s admission of guilt, everything she believed to be true is suddenly called in to question.
Heartbroken and confused, Brianna sets out to find out the truth about her past. But what she discovers is more than she could have ever imagined. From the aunt who helped raise her to the new love in her life, it seems as though everyone in her life has a secret agenda. Shattered a little more by each revelation, Brianna finds herself alone with no one to trust.
Now That Im Stronger invites you along on Brianna’s journey as she courageously uncovers the truth about her past and finds the strength to embrace her future.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Valina Rudolph knew two things from a very young age: she wanted to be a lawyer and she loved to write fiction. She attended John Jay College in New York City, where she majored in Legal Studies and English and she received her law degree from Hofstra Law School. Rudolph currently works as an attorney in New York City. Her love of fiction writing has never waned and Now That Im Stronger is her debut novel. Rudolph lives in Far Rockaway, New York with her husband.



REVIEW

A difficult story of strength, perseverance, and personal growth. Unfortunately I don't mean the EASY kind of personal growth. I'm talking about the kind of growth that comes from walking through fire, getting the old you CRUSHED to dust and having to build yourself up from the ashes.

This is NOT a feel-good book, though you can appreciate the main character's will to overcome. You feel a bit stronger yourself for reading it. Brianna faces so many incredibly difficult circumstances that the reader just starts feeling as though she's Job 2.0. God just continually destroys her with problems starting with... Her entire life up until her father's trial was basically one big fat lie. Congratulations Brianna, you win a life of therapy.

Drug abuse, teen pregnancy, poverty, and just people who are plain ridiculous. It was almost too much for me as a reader to process. Poor Brianna! But you realize while you're reading it... this is life for someone. In fact, someone out there is struggling with much worse. A life of struggles and betrayal and pain are reality for many people. The truth behind the story was that Brianna managed to RISE ABOVE, though it was a fight until the very end.

While this story has a difficult but good message there was a little bit of flow interruption. The book is written in first person and reads more like a flash-back or perhaps snatches of a personal journal. Some slow bits but still inspiring in its message that despite ANYTHING you have the power to take control. Somehow. It's possible.

It's worth the read and I think that this author is one to watch.

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