Monday, August 20, 2012

Torn by Stephanie Guerra Book Review

Torn by: Stephanie Guerra
Published May 15th 2012 by Marshall Cavendish 

Thanks Netgalley and Marshall Cavendish for allowing me to read this amazing book.

Stella Chavez is your classic good girl: straight As, clean-cut boyfriends, and soccer trophies . You’d never guess that Stella’s dad was a drug addict who walked out when she was a kid. Or that inside, Stella wishes for something more.

New girl Ruby Caroline seems like Stella’s polar opposite: cursing, smoking, and teetering in sky-high heels . But with Ruby, Stella gets a taste of another world—a world in which parents act like roommates, college men are way more interesting than high school boys, and there is nothing that shouldn’t be tried once.

It’s not long before Stella finds herself torn: between the best friend she’s ever had and the friends she’s known forever, between her family and her own independence, between who she was and who she wants to be.

But Ruby has a darker side, a side she doesn’t show anyone—not even Stella. As Stella watches her friend slowly unravel, she will have to search deep inside herself for the strength to be a true friend, even if it means committing the ultimate betrayal.

The Story ...

Stella, a young woman that usually stays out of trouble.  She is secure and content with her social life.  She has her life planned college, friends, etc. but all changes when Ruby comes stumbling in to Stella's high school definitely changing her life plan.

Stella is immediately intrigued by this newcomer who has attitude and clearly fire in her.  She is impulsive and very expressive sure to mess up Stella's life plan. Torn isn’t about finding out what’s right and wrong, it’s about , making the right decision and follow your heat.  When Ruby is out of control and makes decisions that Stella knows will doom her, Stella fights her inner sub-conscience and wants to help her new friend.

My thoughts ...

Overall this story is about friendship and doing the right thing. As a debut novel it has it's imperfections and it felt a little rushed at the end but I absolutely loved this story.  We don't see many multicultural books out there and this will truly represent that minority.

I was intrigued by the story and recommend it to anyone looking for a book you won't be able to put down.

I give Torn 4 out 5 hearts

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