Author: Karen McQuestion
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Amazon Encore
Paperback, 168 pages
Date Published: April 1, 2011
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
When Rae Maddox begins yet another school in yet another town, a dangerous new friend forces her to finally take charge of her life — or risk losing everything and everyone she holds dear.
Praised as “one of the best new authors around,” bestselling Kindle author Karen McQuestion weaves her magic yet again in this contemporary coming-of-age novel that is sure to resonate with young-adult readers and parents alike.
Gina and Rae Maddox are more like best friends than mother and daughter. Of course, free-spirited Gina’s rambling ways leave her daughter with little opportunity to make any other friends, as they constantly crisscross the country in search of “a fresh start.” But when Gina brings them home to her native Wisconsin, she promises Rae that this time, they’ll stay put...at least until Rae finishes high school. And when Rae begins to make friends at Whitman High, she dares to hope her mother is telling the truth. But then Rae is paired with another new girl, Allison Daly, whose bad attitude and unsettled family life put her at odds with Rae — yet draws her to Gina. When ugly rumors begin to fly about Allison’s past, Rae must choose between distancing herself from the troubled girl or using her own experience as an outcast to help her. The path she takes will not only change Allison’s life, it will affect Rae’s relationship with her mother and her understanding of her place in the world.
Aside from my issues with Rae’s mom, the book was a good read. Allison was a little shrouded in mystery and her story was wrapped up in a bit of an unexpected way. I thought it would be a bit more dramatic, but it worked. The secondary characters like Nick, Mason, and Kylie are done well. They aren’t all that fleshed out, but are funny enough and add to Rae’s story.
I have to say that Rae felt a little flat to me. She had a backstory and is a relatively strong character, but she didn’t really jump off the page to me. It could be attributed to her personality – she’s a quiet, blend-in with the scenery kind of person – but I would have liked her to have been more fleshed out.
Life on Hold is another short, but good read from Karen McQuestion. The author has a knack for packing an entire story into very few pages, but I think if she lengthened it a bit, the story could be even better.
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.
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