Seven years ago, an innocent act by Rowan Slone turned her life into a nightmare. Since the age of ten she’s lived with the burden of her baby brother’s death. Now she is seventeen and all she wants to do is graduate high school, go to college, and escape the loveless family she has endured all these years—the same family that holds her responsible for his death. But no one holds her responsible more than herself. When long-time crush Mike Anderson invites her to the Prom, suddenly her future looks brighter. Rowan’s younger sister, Trina, however, is determined to ruin her new-found happiness, no matter the cost. And when Rowan discovers her mother’s long-held secret, she finds herself teetering on the edge of an abyss. Can Rowan find the strength to move toward the future or is she doomed to dwell in the past?
"A Life, Redefined" by Tracy Hewitt Meyer is the kind of book that appeals to adolescent readers. It has all the drama, secrets, and intrigue that young girls look for in the stories they select. As a middle school Language Arts teacher and a former high school English teacher, I anticipate that this book will be accessible to all young readers, as author Tracy Meyer uses easy to understand language. I can imagine my students devouring this book quickly because of its high interest and non-stop action. Every chapter is a cliff hanger. One warning is that this book deals with dark topics such as self-injury, suicide, and teen pregnancy. However, these are exactly the kind of “taboo” topics that young people want to read about. Meyer knows what she is doing as she crafts a story that has the same kind of appeal that many of the young adult novels I teach in my class have for young readers. Overall, this story is full of what young readers are looking for: drama, action, tragedy, and self-discovery.
— Readers' Favorite
Winner: Best Young Adult Novel 2014
...great plot weaving and story telling.
— Mystical Lit Lounge
...a very emotional, realistic, heart touching read.
— It's A Book Thing
This was a very good book that I would definitely recommend. Meyer has a great writing style that will suck you in and hold you. Even if this isn't your normal type of book, I think you would enjoy it. But be warned, this isn't something light and fluffy. It is definitely deeper and more emotional.
— The NerdHerd Reads
Tracy Hewitt Meyer has written a deep, emotionally intense novel of how teenagers take it upon themselves to deal with the pain and suffering of life, without the help of their parents. This tale is gripping, powerful and at times overwhelming. One’s emotions will be wrapped up along with Rowan’s, and leave one’s heart aching for her. Because of the intense nature and topic of this story, parents would be well advised to read it before handing it over to their teenager. Ms. Meyer is an author worth keeping an eye on, and a talent worth reading!!!
— InD'Tale Magazine
Rowan Slone, Book 1
Page Count: 200
Release Date: 2019
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