Lean on Me by Candy Crum ~ Book Review

leanonmeDISCLAIMER: Though this is a YA novel, it still contains violence, language, and other situations some may not be comfortable with.

Lean on Me by Candy Crum

When sixteen year old Briana Grace discovers that she's pregnant after only having sex one time with her emotionally and physically abusive boyfriend, Mike Rhodes, her life begins to twist and turn upside down. She discovers who truly loves her and who she can really trust. Her boyfriend turns on her and nearly kills her when she won't agree to an abortion. Bri has to fight for her life and that of her little girl. She struggles to learn how to turn her life around and rise above all the bad after the world turns against her when more and more people learn of her pregnancy. No matter what, there's one friend that she can count on through thick and thin. He has been her best friend since childhood and they've never seen anything more from their friendship... Until now. She must learn to trust her heart again so she can see the bright future with the one who’s been there all along.

candyMeet the Author:

Candy Crum lives in Indiana and is the Author of “The Eternal Series” and other short stories. She published her first novel, The Eternal Gift, in May of 2011 and has been publishing ever since. Candy is an avid lover of the paranormal genre, stemming from years of reading the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice when she was a teenager. Later, she developed a deep love of the Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead and the House of Night Series by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast, furthering her love of the genre and pushing her to really push to finish and publish her novel. Since then, Candy has released three other books in The Eternal Series and will release another later in 2014. Now, Candy is trying her hand at more contemporary pieces of work, like that of Lean on Me and other books she will release in 2014. Some of Candy’s interests include the usual reading and writing, music (of most types), movies (action and comedy or any combination of the two), cartoons (she loves to say that her children watch cartoons because she does), and drawing. She loves talking with her fans and loves reading the reviews that her fans are kind enough to leave for her. Always feel free to find Candy on Facebook and send her a message!

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This is the first book I have read from this author and enjoyed her writing style, I did find the characters to be older in their ways than their age. Most teens wouldn't be as mature in these situations as Bri and her friend Matt. Sometimes I forgot they were only 16 and not in their 20's. Becoming a teen mom is anything but easy but to have your own parents disown you would be the worst especially in that time.. I can't even imagine turning my kids away if they made a big mistake in their lives. 

The author does a wonderful job with the story line and developing each character. I really loved the relationship between Bri and Matt. They have have been friends since they were little and as they grew their friendship grew into something more that neither realized until Bri was pregnant.  I had so many emotions throughout this novel. It is really a touchy subject but the author did a great job and did it very tasteful for the subject. Bri is really a tough girl with her head on straight, even with the hand she has been dealt she will succeed with what she wants in life. This was a great read.

I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I look forward to reading more by Candy Crum in the future.  

1 comment:

  1. I don't really have a childhood friend I moved to many times when I was young so my friends are all more recent


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