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read Louder Than Words doc À Kindle Edition ó moneyexpresscard Ü COMING SOON TO PRINTI thought I’d hit rock bottom when my dad diedI was wrongI never dreamed my mom would choose drugs and alcohol over meI was wrong about that tooI thought teachers were there to instruct to guide to counselWrong doesn’t COMING SOON TO PRINTI thought I’d hit rock bottom when my dad diedI was wrongI never dreamed my mom would choose drugs and alcohol over meI was wrong about that tooI thought teachers were there to instruct to guide to counselWrong doesn’t begin to describe what nearly happened that last day of my Junior year Lesson learned; trust is for suckers No surprise here but what first caught my attention was the adorable cover I just love YA contemps and this one SCREAMED YA contemporary Then I read the synopsis and decided this definitely sounded like something I would like And the verdict is I loved itPoor Ellen is definitely dealing with A LOT on her plate right now Her father has died her mother is a drug addict her only brother is now her guardian and she’s now stuck dealing with the fact that a well loved teacher tried to put the moves on her at the end of last year She has the summer to try to forget about it but when school starts back up again she’s forced to deal with him whether she wants to or notRex who Ellen meets at summer camp where they are both counselors has uickly become her second half They spend almost every waking moment together He begins to meet her at her house in the mornings and walk with her to school every day also walking her home after school ends Though they’re strictly friends and Rex is dating the “mean girl” in school Ellen can’t help but come to terms with the fact that she has feelings for Rex No matter how much she fights it it’s still there loud and clear she’s falling in love with himEllen is faced with uite a few decisions First can she fight her feelings for Rex or does she tell him Does she report the teacher who kissed or and risk being called a liar or does she pretend it never happened Can she keep herself together before she has a nervous breakdown“I think you’re one of the bravest girls I’ve ever met” “Thanks”“No seriously Between your dad dying your mom’s drug addiction the custody battle living with your brother You’ve put up with me and now with everything that happened today you’re amazing You know that You are utterly and without a doubt totally superhero material Wonder Woman Supergirl”I really enjoyed the uniueness I felt in this story The story itself first taking place during the summer then during Ellen’s senior year of high school dealing with all the different issues that arose in that year for her it felt like several books in a series rather than just one I liked the uickness the story progressed addressing so many topics in Ellen’s life rather smoothly I never felt that the story dragged nor was it rushed It was really entertaining felt extremely realistic and definitely enjoyableLouder Than Words addressing several sensitive issues is definitely a book I would recommend to teenagers Ellen dealt with uite a few issues that teenagers are facing today including parents with substance abuse rape and unwanted sexual advances lying and friendship I was pleasantly surprised with the way the story ended as well wrapping up to a conclusion that left me feeling fulfilled and tying up all the loose endsI’d definitely recommend this book to other YA contempt fans With likeable relatable characters and a realistic and enjoyable story line this books is sure to please Iris St Clair is an author I will be watching for again in the future And I have to say I’m really enjoying all of these new Swoon Romance books It’s like they were made just for me ; Thanks to Swoon Romance YA Bound Book Tours for the review copy Find this review and others like it at Lost in Literature

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ThemI wish I hadn’t grown to look forward to our daily walks to workBut mostly I wish I hadn’t freaked out when he tried to steal a kissMaybe I wouldn’t be parked in the friend zone Maybe he wouldn’t be dating a girl I loathe Maybe I wouldn’t be in this hell of wanting what I can’t have but having what I thought I wanted to be left alon This was a book that I was hoping would break the bad streak I've had lately when it comes to contemporary young adult books While it didn't blow me out of the water I was pleased overall with this storyA large part of why I enjoyed this book was admittedly the lead character Ellen has a lot of growing up and coming into herself so to speak to do at the beginning of the book She has horrid self esteem and second guesses a lot of things She's a relatable kind of awkward and she goes through some plot events that are incredibly uncomfortable It was really interesting to watch her develop as the story went on This was strengthened once Rex came into the picture Their dynamic wasn't really uniue but it was still engaging to read about The story is one that addresses some tough stuff but I think it does it in a good way The story flows pretty well but there's some parts that seemed a bit out of place It wasn't enough to hinder me from reading but it did make me cock my head a bit at times and think about what was going on in the book with a little effort than in the parts where it was a smoother read I also must say I really like the cover of this book It's simple but it gets the point of the book across and represents how Ellen has to stand up and speak up for herself even when it feels like it is impossible to doWhile this book won't become one of my die hard favorites I 100% think that this is a book that a lot of young adult contemporary fans will enjoy It's a solid read If I'm correct and please correct me if I'm wrong this is Iris St Clair's debut young adult novel If she keeps writing stories like this one I'd definitely pick up books written by her in the future Be aware that this book does contain serious themes Thank you to the author and YA Bound Book Tours for my copy of this book in exchange for my honest review This review can also be found on my blog Bitches n Prose

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Louder Than WordsAnd actions speak louder than wordsNew plan Keep up my grades earn a scholarship tuck into as tight a ball as possible and roll on out of this town and this life But this boy this Casanova transplant with a funny accent who’s way too charming to be healthy for a girl Why won’t he let me beI wish I hadn’t let him in on my secretswell most of What happens when someone you trust betrays you Worst when it starts to affect not only you but others around you For Ellen Grayson she has grown up with a world of disappointment from a father who was killed by a drunk driver to a mother who after her husband died went on an alcoholic and drug bender that never seemed to stop which caused Ellen to be put in the custody of her older brother Robbie When during school last year she finds her teacher easy to talk to she thinks she has found a friend in him that is until he forces himself onto her and kisses her She manages to escape before it got to the level of rape but for Ellen that was enough to break her She cuts her hair and changes in her personality begin Summer break starts and Ellen gets a job as a summer camp counsellor at the rec centre where she will met newcomer Rex who is perfect in every way the downside is he is dating popular girl Gracie Over the summer Rex and Ellen will learn what it means to have a best friend and someone to confide in but as the next school year begins and Ellen finds herself face to face with Mr H the teacher from last year she is not sure how she will cope and to make matters worst she is witnessing the same thing happening to other students When Ellen catches him at the school dance in the bathroom she realises that enough is enough and that she must stand up for what is right and that in order to move forward with her life she cannot always cower in fear of what may or may not happen So begins the allegations against the teacher and Ellen endures daily reactions and bullying from students who favoured Mr H but what will happen when others who have had the same experience as Ellen notice she won't back down and will stand for what is right and start to come out of the sidelines This was such a moving story about one girl's courage to stand up for what is right and not bow down and follow the sheep of the school Louder than Words by Iris St Clair also reminded me a bit of the book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson