Friday, November 18, 2011

My POV: Heart on a Chain by Cindy C. Bennett

Paperback, 322 pages
Published December 22nd 2010 by CreateSpace
17-year-old Kate has lived her whole life in abject poverty, with an alcoholic father and drug-addicted mother, who severely abuses Kate. At school, her second-hand clothing marks her as a target. Her refusal to stand up for herself makes her the recipient of her classmates taunts and bullying. That is, until Henry returns. Henry Jamison moved away six years earlier, just as he and Kate had begun an to develop feelings for one another. He returns to find the bright, funny, outgoing girl he had known now timidly hiding in corners, barely speaking to anyone around her, suspicious of even him. Kate can’t figure out what game Henry is playing with her - for surely it is a game. What else would the gorgeous, popular boy from her past want with her? Kate finally decides to trust Henry’s intentions, opening her heart to him. Just when it seems he might be genuine in his friendship, tragedy strikes, threatening everything Kate has worked so hard to gain. Can Henry help her to overcome this new devastation, or will it tear them apart forever?--Goodreads

After reading Geek Girl by Cindy Bennett and loving it so much I bought this book soon after. Heart on a Chain is a very moving and powerful story about a 17 year old, Kate who is abused by her mother, neglected by her father and bullied by all of her classmates.

Throughout this book my emotions volleyed from cried my eyes out to wanting to do some physical damage to all of Kate's predators. She literally had no one to turn to and poor Kate couldn't catch a break anywhere until Henry moved back to town after being away for six years. I was so sad to see how hard it was for her to trust anyone even Henry. Which of course, I don't blame her for in the least but it was so heart breaking to see how alone she felt.

The story gets pretty intense when her home life get worst and Kate ends up with horrific injuries at the hands of her mom not once but twice. Most of this book was so hard to read due to all the bulling and hateful things that happen to Kate. It’s unimaginable how this kind of things really does happen in the real world.

By the end of Kate's story she is still dealing with self-worth issues which leads to her feeling as thought she has no choice but to leave everything behind even Henry. But Henry is persistent in making himself a permanent member of her life even if he has to take drastic measures.

I feel that the ending was perfect, peaceful and hopeful. This is one story I will not forget any time soon. If any of you have read Unlovable by Sherry Gammon you might want to grab this book. It’s definitely worth read.

“The feel of arms around me, in comfort rather than as restraint or in harmful intent, undoes me. I cry for all the years of mocking and teasing received at the hands of my peers, for having been born to hateful, careless parents. I  cry for the fact that this one good, kind boy has joined the game. And That makes me think it’s hopeless to find any goon in anyone, which only makes me cry harder.”

“ You can’t tell me you haven’t noticed the way things are at school. I’m everyone’s favorite loser. There isn’t anyone more fun to pick on then me.”

“This is stupid, Kate. I love you. I want to be with you. Today, tomorrow, always. And I know you love me. Tell me I’m wrong about you, about why you left me. Tell me you don’t love me.”



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