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, just17 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 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
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What the fuck I cannot understand how people are giving it 5 star reviews because this was one of the worst things I ve ever read.I couldn t believe the whole book was so black and white Kate, a victim of horrible abuse at the hands of her mother, has been ridiculed by her peers for her appearance for years In fact, they physically abuse her too wtf that scene But her knight on a white horse comes to her rescue in the form of Henry, her friend from childhood who has recently moved back to town H [...]
Heart on a chain is such a beautiful book, let me just start by saying that I rarely ever cry during books I cried reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and that was about it I am not saying that I never cry I cry I cried watching despicable me, for goodness sake I saw it in the theatres and my friend was silently laughing while these silent tears rolled down my cheeks I went into a hysterical fit while watching Bambi and Dumbo I even laugh so hard I cry at the dinner table yep I m a cryer But [...]
This was a book that I walked away from feeling like it had made me a better person Heart on a Chain reminded me to stand up for those who are unable to stand up for themselves and to never judge a girl by her cover Masterfully written, emotion invoking, and a happy ending This was book love for me.
If you feel like torturing yourself, go ahead and read this Heart on a Chain is as heart wrenching, gut clenching and tear jerking as it gets I devoured this in almost no time ending up a sobbing mess than just once Kate s fate is awful and her story painful to read but on the other hand there are a lot of beautiful moments and Henry truly is an angel I really enjoyed this, even if the story got a little overdramatic at times but altogether I m glad I ve read this.
I loved the character development and the slow reveal of what happened to the main character At the beginning, Kate just seems shy and meek Eventually you find out that she has a lot of issues that she has kept hidden for such a long time When you feel like this poor girl just can t keep going, finally there is relief with the appearance of Henry Henry s persistance and good nature is a welcomed sunshine into their gloomy life Sadly, the terror comes to a head, but Henry and his family step up a [...]
A YA story about surviving child abuse, about learning that everyone is worthy of love, and about the strength of forgiveness Henry grew up in school with Kate He fell in love with her on the first day of kindergarten when she befriended him, and with a big smile, made him feel welcome and since then they became best friends Until, one summer, his family moved away.Six years later, its the senior year of high school With an alcoholic father who is too drunk to notice that her prescrition drug ad [...]
Cindy C Bennett, you know how to make me cry I m not much of a book crier, but you ve made me weep through not just one book, but TWO You have some magic button that just unleashes my tear ducts so that I find myself sobbing while reading And then, you add these crazy good, awwww endings that make me smile through my tears May we have some , please I devoured Cindy s book Geek Girl and couldn t stop thinking about it Her writing and characters draw me in and make me feel like I m present for eve [...]
My apologies to the author, because she has accomplished than I ever will just by publishing a book And it takes a lot of guts to put yourself out there I really had high hopes for this book from all of the glowing reviews, and normally I love a good, angsty love story, but this I couldn t even finish This story is just trying too hard at everything This Poor Girl s life is HORRIBLE I get it And the Hero Who Rides Back Into Town to Save Her is AMAZING And the Poor Girl s mother and father are E [...]
As his mouth comes down to mines, my heart lifts free of its burden and soars.I m back where I belong5 STAR HEARTS It gets me so giddy just thinking about it And gosh dangit don t I love a book that leaves me all fuzzy and warm Sends me on a roller coaster, demanding I experience such a simple yet powerful read This book gone and done itWe enter Kate, who s life is like living hell All Kate wants to do is be invisible Get through high school and away from the bullying she s subjected to within t [...]
Spoiler Free Review5 STAR READGenre YA RomanceWarning the subject matter in this book is very raw If you can not handle reading a book with child abuse i would not suggest you read this book.Heart on a chain is about about a young girl named Kate entering her senior year of high school Kate s mom is a pill popper and her dad is an alcholic Home is no fun dad beats mom, mom beats Kate And it s not only at home does Kate suffer but at school she is bullied by both the male and female students On t [...]
This is one of the most heart breaking books I ve read Going through the emotional and gripping journey with Kate was an experience I found myself telling her to fight back and stand up for herself so many times through out the book Despite all the heart wrenching moments in this book, there were moments that were so sweet and innocent like the first time she sees the ocean This is a very moving read and one that takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster I m thinking I need to read somethi [...]
This was such a beautiful book Heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time, it had me tearing up in some parts and smiling like a fool at others
Never judge a girl by her cover The main character, Kate, has lived with abuse her whole life She is very resilient and strong, wonderful qualities to see in a female character She deals with her alcoholic father and drug addicted mother on a regular basis, sometimes coming out the worse for wear Some might see her refusal to stand up for herself as a shame and weak, and it might be however, Kate is also a proud character, possibly a bad trait in this situation, but it works as a character shoul [...]
Tissues are needed for this one17 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 to develop feelings for one another He returns to find the bright, funny, [...]
I m going with a very conflicted 4.5.This is the story about Kate and Henry They form a bond very early in life when they meet in kindergarten Around 5th grade Henry moves away and Kate s life is turned upside down by something serious than his moving Fast forward 6 years and Henry returns to find a very different Kate She is the pariah of the school and is picked on by everyone Henry tries to pick up as her friend but Kate s insecurities and paranoia stunt the pace of their reunion Kate is abu [...]
Okay I bit and I m glad I did This book was a GR recommendation for me based on books I ve rated It isn t typical for me to read a YA, so was skeptical, but I read the book blurb and thought about my kids and some of their freinds and decided to try it Very glad I did.The premise for this book is a childs courage in handling tragedy dealt by a parent How the love of a freind can be comforting and redeeming And, in the end, we can survive and come out on the other end, with the support of true fr [...]
Just Wow Such a beautiful and heartbreaking book I cried like a baby reading this story, you spend the book in emotional highs and lows.I like the character development of Kate She is strong and brave, and has a great capacity to keep going and forgive.Henry is the perfect guy that any girl in this world wants, it s impossible to find fault to him He is sweet and real, and his family is amazing.Totally recommended
How I wish Henry was REAL Damn, I fell in love with him, Hard.Sometimes I wish for a wand that with which I could make book characters I like real lolBeautifully written, the story and plot was amazing I found some things tooooo over hyped, but it was still not irritating The book is emotions and dept Loved it.The mother was a psychopath Like seriously woman, fucking crazy much Father was a fool.Henry s family was just EPIC Loved them
Not a review Just a reminderFrom Nov 15, 2011 Alex view spoiler Ale spoiler alert What the fuck I cannot understand how people are giving it 5 star reviews because this was one of the worst things I ve ever read.I couldn t believe the whole book was so black and white Kate, a victim of horrible abuse at the hands of her mother, has been ridiculed by her peers for her appearance for years In fact, they physically abuse her too wtf that scene But her knight on a white horse comes to her rescue in [...]
A remarkable piece of YA Indie fiction This book was a bit out of my normal parameters, which lean a bit towards the paranormal and dark fantasy, but it s been receiving rave reviews on After reading Tabitha Suzuma s Forbidden, I ve been eager to venture into some of the grittier realistic YA fiction This novel is certainly that I found myself in tears several times throughout the novel, and as much as I wanted to blame the novel for being over the top, the sad fact is that the situations depic [...]
In all honesty, I am sick of these types of books, books that use abuse as a plot devices to trigger sympathy, but all its triggering is anger This book is shallow, mediocre and an even worse replica of Barely Breathing, there were a lot of grammar mistakes, a lot of unnecessary scenes and a hell of a lot of scenes that are supposed to be heart breaking, but all it got out of me is an eye roll Kate, our perfect MC, is beautiful, so beautiful that all the girls are jealous of her and beat her up [...]
I ll start by saying WOW, this is an amazing read This is truly a roller coaster of a book You never know where the story line is going There is absolutely nothing predictable about it Also, you spend the book in emotional highs and lows Although admittedly, I spent most of the book crying It was also so romantic and I loved watching their love form and evolve.The book was truly impossible to put down There is something about the book that is so relatable, especially when it comes to the main ch [...]
Wow Thanks to my Kindle for putting me in touch with some fabulous books that I would have otherwise never found This being one of them.This book was everything that previous reviewers have said so I can t really add much else, except to say don t judge a book by it s cover horrible cover, but the contents were outstanding.The whole story was sad and uplifting.The characters were wonderful and I couldn t put this book down.So, stop reading this review and download this book now You will be glad [...]
Keep Swinging Kate Holding a scared little boy s hand to enter kindergarten and having that hand hold yours when you needed it most Wow I loved Henry s love for Kate from the valentine to reappearing in her life and never taking no for answer Great story of survivial, forgiveness and Love
I ve never cried so much reading a book There were times I couldn t even breathe I loved Henry, and Kate is such a powerful character It breaks my heart to know this going on all over the world How can people be so cruel.
Aghhh I m sorry it s been a long time since I gave full reviews I m having a very busy term in school I barely have time to read books sobs REVIEW TO COME
Amazing, Amazing, Amazing book Me being a single mom have no clue how a mother could EVER hit their child just the thought of it breaks my heart although even though I feel that way I love how they made it the mom instead of the dad because to me, at least is uncommon But when the dad would come home drunk and stand outside Kate s door my stomach would clench and I d think stay out, stay out, stay out I think he did it because he felt so bad for Kate that he would stand there and think how much [...]
Kate s life used to be normal, but now it s not She is constantly bullied at school, and then comes home to a mom who is a drug addict, and a father whose best friend is alcohol After moving away for 6 years, Henry is shocked by what he finds when he returns The girl who he had a crush on since he left is now completely different and not in a good way The Henry tries to become friends with Kate the she pushes him away, what he doesn t know, is that it is out of fear When I read some of the rev [...]
This one was definitely a 4 to 4.5 Star book Though it was incredibly SAD One of the first books I really balled like a baby reading But the story was so touching and your heart just broke for the main character I was sucked in from the beginning and never let go Definitely recommend.
It s been a long time since a novel brought me to tears I cried like a baby reading this story Highly recommend.