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Friday, 28 February 2014

Lean on Me by Candy Crum

Lean on MeLean on Me by Candy Crum
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

LEAN ON ME. Let me say, looking at the cover you would think this is your straight 'run of the mill' typical love story, boy meets girl. Let me tell you, it is not.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story.

Bri has had to practically bring herself up. Her Mother was not close to Bri, she didn't seem to have the motherly skills in bringing her up and kept herself halfway removed from her. This of course harmed their relationship. When Bri finds herself to be pregnant, which was brought about by a forceful boyfriend, popular boyfriend who no one believed to have a harmful bone in his body, Bri was not believed that she was forced into having sex. Consequences, pregnancy. Her Mother wanted her to have an abortion. Her Father was a weak man who although didn't agree with his wife, was too shallow to stand up for his daughter or what he himself believed in. Bri was disowned and cut off without a penny.

She always had a friend in Matt.

Its not a straight forward story, as not only does Bri want to keep her baby, she is now homeless. Her ex abusive boyfriend doesn't want her to have it and goes to plenty of lengths to keep that from happening, Bri has to go through many problems and abuse to escape.

How can she get the Police and everyone to understand that her ex boyfriend, who is so popular with people and school, be responsible for a crime?
He makes a big mistake! Now she and others can bring him to justice, or can they?

Does Bri escape and have her baby unharmed?
Does she fight for her life, her baby? Where does Matt and his family come in?

How did she survive with being cut off with no means of support?

I thought Bri to be a strong character, she had to grow up fast.

No ties were left dangling, the conclusion was all tied up at the end and as I say, I thoroughly enjoyed this story.

I wouldn't say this story is unrealistic at all. I knew a story similar to this.

The author did a very good job on the insight to how Bri was feeling, I loved Matt. We all need a Matt, what a boy!!! You could tell he came from a 'good strong family' background, Mother, Father, solid relationship with a good marriage of his parents that grounded him. He was taught how to respect women.

Thumbs up to Candy Crum for a fantastic read.

Sixteen year old Bri comes from a wealthy family, allowing her an expensive pass into the popular crowd, though it never much mattered to her. She's on the basketball team and track and is the top in both. 
Bri has everything a girl could want, but she longs for a traditional family that loves one another deeply and would do anything for one another instead of the one she was gifted - cold and very distant. Growing up this way has left Bri alone and forced to raise herself.

Bri's parents pressure her to be the best at everything instead of just being the best that she can be. As a result of trying for the perfect life for her parents, hoping that it will one day impress them, Bri finds herself in an abusive relationship for title rather than love with the high school football star and pressured into doing what a lot of teenagers are pressured into doing. 

When Bri becomes pregnant, her entire world is turned upside down and she has no idea who she can trust anymore. Bri struggles to find a place in this world for herself and for her baby - the baby that she is desperate to have and watch grow. Along the way, Bri is given an opportunity to completely change her life and the life of her child - but it may hinder the life of someone incredibly important to her ... binding him to a future he was never meant to have, just for her. Bri is forced to grow and grow stronger as she fights for her baby and learns how to be a good mother


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