Sunday, March 9, 2014

March FAN Madness Review: Pierced Love by: T.H. Snyder

Zar Evans is not your typical high school senior; in fact she is anything by normal. Dressing to the trendiest Goth fashion, Zar wears nothing but black from head to toe. Not that this warrants unwanted attention, but she is also top in her class and is looking at a full academic scholarship to Iowa State in the fall. 

Loudon Clarke is an all star athlete. He plays three varsity sports and has the world in his hands. Except for one thing; Loudon is failing majority of his subjects. He is about to be suspended from the basketball team risking his athletic scholarship. 

Zar and Loudon would normally never cross paths, until these two are brought together when Zar’s brother proposes to Loudon’s sister. With an upcoming wedding and a lot of planning Zar and Loudon are stuck with one another regardless of their differences. 

Zar has hidden behind the pain she deals with on a daily basis for years. Loudon has never had to feel pain nor the ignorance of his peers. Can opposites really bring these two together or will they be pulled even further apart.

Only one thing is for sure, it is impossible to fight the connection of pierced love when one is willing to change for happiness.

Contact Author T.H. Snyder

Pierced Love is one of those books that you can’t help but feel for the main character. High School teenagers facing the everyday challenge of bullying. As we all know, this subject has hit the news more and more everyday and it has gotten out of control. TH Snyder does a fantastic job portraying those struggles through the eyes of Zar.

Zar suffers from extreme anxiety attacks. Only, being a teenager and naive, her and her classmates don’t understand what is happening when her first attack hits her like a freight train. Suddenly, her friends and classmates deem her a “freak” and she is instantly out casted. She does everything possible to keep this from her family, and succeeds for years. She can’t stand the thought of them being embarrassed or pushing her away too. When she first lays eyes on Loudon, he is the light in her darkness.

Loudon and Zar has this instant connection, not knowing anything about her, or her being a “freak” she feels that she can finally be herself around someone. Just so happens that he is her future sister in laws brother. Although she tries to push him away before he can see the world she has succumbed to, he pushes back, forcing her to let him in.

I loved watching Zar find herself again, finally doing something to bring herself out of the dark after years of bullying. Standing up for those like her, who haven’t found the courage to do the same for themselves yet. Seeing Loudon stand behind her no matter what.. *sigh*  The world needs more Loudons…

This was an easy read for me, and like I said before, bullying is a worldwide outbreak… bullies are everywhere, all ages, races, social status.. the statistics of bullying and even bullying related suicide in teens that TH Snyder lists in the book is utterly.. depressing… I’m very glad that Zar’s story has been written and that she was one who pulled herself out of the darkness rather than succumbing to it.

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