||Mar 3 2001
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Sara DiShon, victim of a broken family does everything in her power to keep her siblings and her mother from falling apart after her father walks out on them. The 'Aftershocks' hit her one after another, and the only true constant in her life now, is her newly found boyfriend, Jesse Curtis, 'super jock, hunk and the biggest crush of her life.
Amateur anime artist Sarah DiShon's world is turned upside when her father moves out of the house, divorces her mother, and plans to remarry his pregnant girlfriend. What's left of the family is leaning on Sarah. Her mother's crying a lot, taking sleeping pills, and unable to meet the bills. Her younger sister Mischa is freaking out that their father has deserted them. It's too much stress and now Sarah can't eat. She's loosing too much weight the wrong way. Sarah has put aside her own feelings to help her family and to act as a go-between, to make her dad own up to his responsibility to her younger brother and sister. But it's not working -- her father doesn't seem to care.
The only good thing happening in Sarah's life is that super cute wrestling captain Jesse Curtis is taking an interest in her and lending his strong shoulder during her family crisis. But sweet as Jesse is, can even he make things right again?
Pseudonym is Kristi Davitt
Lauren prodded her when Sarah remained uncharacteristically quiet. "What's wrong? Can't you tell me?"
Too many people filled the hall, too many curious ears. Sarah pulled her friend to a secluded corner. "Dad bailed out last night. Mom's a total wreck. Mischa is worse and I'm about to spew." As if to emphasize her point, her stomach rumbled loudly. Indigestion welled up in her chest and she felt like bolting out of school. She didn't feel like facing anybody. She couldn't deal with even the tiniest hassle.
Empathy welled in Lauren's expressive emerald eyes. "I'm so sorry." She pulled Sarah into a hug, stroking her hair in a hypnotic rhythm. "How can I help?"
The contact and warmth between them was a start. "Know any magic? Can you concoct a love potion? Oh, if only it could be so simple." A huge sigh escaped her and she closed her eyes in an unsuccessful attempt to shut out the image of her father's face as she slumped against the wall behind her. "Who am I kidding? Building a mountain with my hands would be easier."
Christine Spindler ~ Ebooks for Kids
"How could her dad walk away from this? Throw them all away without a care?" 16-year-old Sarah DiShon sees her family fall apart. Not only has Dad left them, he has moved in with his girlfriend and refuses to see anyone from his "old" family. Sarah does her best to keep up appearances of a happy life. She looks after her little brother, consoles her heart-broken sister and tries to keep the worst news from her mother: that Dad's new girlfriend is pregnant. Sarah's life would be a shambles were it not for her best friend Lauren, her wonderful new boyfriend Jesse, and Bonzai, the friendly dog. Especially since the next crisis is just around the corner.
I'd never have expected a teenage novel to be more of a page-turner than a thriller. But here we are: "AfterShocks" is brilliantly written. I really "was" a desperate teenager as I devoured page after page. I'm totally in love with the central character- Sarah is reasonable, sensible and tries to be strong for everybody else, while the enormity of her father's betrayal looms heavily on her soul. Yet, she tries to be a perfect big sister, a good daughter and a reliable friend. I couldn't stop reading until I had reached the delightful happy ending, that holds just as many sweet surprises as the beginning held bitter shocks.
Every teenage girl will love this story. Did I say teenager? Well, a forty-something like me can savor it just as eagerly.
Kim Cox, Romantic Suspense Author
"Kristi Davitt has written a truly wonderful and touching book for young adults."
Kim Cox, author of Suspicious Minds, Starlight Writer Publications/Deadly Kisses Imprint
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