Friday, June 22, 2012

Holding on to Zoe by George Ella Lyon

I have a deeply moving YA contemporary to review today, it is Holding on to Zoe by George Ella Lyon. Published by FSG, it will be  released mid July. I'm giving away my ARC, enter using the rafflecopter form below.

The Story- Sixteen year old Jules just wants to take care of her baby Zoe, it doesn't matter what anybody else thinks. Of course, telling herself that and living life like that are two different things. At the beginning of the book Zoe works at a Toyota plant assembling cars, but soon she is forced to go back home and live with her control freak mother. Zoe doesn't mind being home so much as she minds that her mom completely ignores her baby, won't even hold Zoe.

Jules life will never be the same after getting pregnant. The doctor's told her she had an ectopic pregnancy, but they were wrong. Zoe is proof of that. But, why does everyone seem to think Zoe isn't real?


My Thoughts- Wow, a great story that really grips you. To review this book I will need to get into SPOILERS- so fair warning. The start of this book seems absolutely normal. Jules is pregnant, her boyfriend up and leaves, and her mom ignores her. Then, Jules learns she has an ectopic pregnancy and everything changes, the entire story. The author does an amazing job of mixing reality with insanity. I knew things were off from the very beginning, but with just subtle hints dropped, the reader doesn't know how far Jules has split from reality.

And the reason for her split? I had no clue. This amazing book really draws you into the full story, not revealing what is actually wrong with Jules until the very end. But, all the consequences are seen throughout the whole book. It really moved me emotionally. The struggle this girl went through and the coldness of her mother, just left me angry. The resulting trauma is heartbreaking. Wow, a very well written and deep book.

I recommend this book to mature YA readers. It definitely stands out in today's contemporary market. FYI- there are bits of sex and sexual abuse.


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23 comments:

  1. I can't wait to experience "Alif the Unseen" by G. Willow Wilson, published by Grove Atlantic Press. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Haven't heard of that one. Thanks for the heads up.

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  2. My list is so, so long. But a few titles I'm really wanting to read include The Maze Runner, Insurgent and Partials. Obviously I'm on a dystopian kick.

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    1. BTW - Dorine! Next time you have a book that is this interesting, send it to me first!!!!!!!! Argh!

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    2. LOL, I got it from the publisher and turned it around within 2 weeks.

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  3. I'm looking forward to reading City of Bones.

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  4. i'm really looking forward to a lot of books this summer, but the next ones coming out that i'm excited about are before i wake and between the lines : )

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  6. I've been meaning to read the Summer series by Jenny Han and i can't wait to read them this summer:)
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  7. I have about 100+ books in my TBR. Insurgent is the top

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    1. I feel the same way. My TBR pile keeps growing.

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  8. Thanks for all the comments. I appreciate them.

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  9. The Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn! Throne of Glass is next :)

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  10. I am looking forward to reading and just bought Nightshifted by Cassie Alexander. Holding on to Zoe looks like a box of Puffs read and sometimes that is just what I need. Thank you for sharing and for the lovely giveaway opportunity.

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  11. I can't wait to read The Kill Order by James Dashner! Thanks for the giveaway!

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