Monday, May 8, 2017

Review "From Where I Watch You" by Shannon Grogan




Plot summary (Goodreads):

Sixteen-year-old Kara McKinley is about to realize her dream of becoming a professional baker. Beautifully designed and piped, her cookies are masterpieces, but also her ticket out of rainy Seattle—if she wins the upcoming national baking competition and its scholarship prize to culinary school in California. Kara can no longer stand the home where her family lived, laughed, and ultimately imploded after her mean-spirited big sister Kellen died in a drowning accident. Kara’s dad has since fled, and her mom has turned from a high-powered attorney into a nutty holy-rolling Christian fundamentalist peddling “Soul Soup” in the family café. All Kara has left are memories of better times. (...)


Review:

This book was like glue for me, I never was capable of leaving it… the suspense was so incredible...

The book is about a sixteen-year-old girl, Kara, who struggles with her life. She has lost her sister, her father went away to live in another city and she was stalked. She lives with her mom and wants to be a professional baker, but has a long way to go...

Kara struggles with secrets of the past and the notes she receives in the present. As we follow her, we feel all the emotions, we feel the adrenaline, sadness, nervousness and most important, the scariness. On every page, we get more and more curious about what's coming next. The most fun part is: We are kind of stuck to this book, we want to know everything... this book is so interactive that we want to help Kara deal with her problems.

What I like the most about this book is the well-constructed narrative, the earlier time frame before Kellen's dead and the later time frame after Kellen's dead. The childhood flashbacks were intense and we always have the feeling that something it's about to happen.

I rated 4 stars. This was an easy reading where the author did keep me guessing as to the identity of Kara's stalker and at the same time make me question why Kara's didn’t ask for help.


I highly recommend it!

Our greatest thanks to Shannon :) 

Written by: Helena - semtudo.pt

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