Thursday, February 12, 2015

Review: 32 Seconds by Johanna K. Pitcairn

Genre: Young Adult
Publication date: November 5th, 2014
Publisher: The Manicheans
Read: January 2015
Pages: 380
Rating: 3/5

Summary:
To the average onlooker, the city of Los Angeles represents glitz, glamour, and the celebrity lifestyle. But to seventeen-year-old Julie Jones, the city is a vast host of problems she’s longing to get away from. The latest? An unfortunate disagreement with her ex-boyfriend Mark—one that could land her in some serious hot water.

So rather than face the troubles that torment her, Julie decides to run away from her old life and start fresh somewhere new. But her parents aren’t on board with the plan, and she soon finds her bank accounts frozen and her wallet empty.

With just seventy-five dollars and a full tank of gas, the troubled teen is far too stubborn to turn around and head home. So what’s a girl to do?

What Julie doesn’t know is that her travels are about to take her somewhere unexpected—a place where she’ll be forced to come face to face with the ghosts of her past in order to secure her future.

A tale of redemption, hope, and freedom lost and found, 32 Seconds is a thought-provoking exploration into the human spirit and the nature of forgiveness.


My Review:


I received a manuscript of this book for an honest review. 


I actually didn't know what to expect when I started reading this book. I read the summary before I signed up to review this but then I forgot what was the story about when I started reading it last month. I didn't read the summary again because I figured maybe it was best for me to read it without knowing much about the story. I honestly liked how it started but I hated Julie. She was so stubborn! 

I liked how she traveled to this place(her mind) where she met people from her past. At first I thought they were all strangers because Julie didn't seem to recognize any of them but then when Evan started explaining her what she was doing in her mind, I already knew what was going to happen. I have to admit that it was predictable and some parts were a bit too long. 

However, I still liked the book because of its message. A lot of people can relate to Julie. I can't relate to her but I know people who can. I loved how she learned from her mistakes and she tried to fix all of them and tried to change her life. In the real world, many people think the only way to escape misery is to kill themselves and I think those people should read this book because maybe they'll learn from Julie, who knows right? 

Will I re-read this book? Probably not. 
Will you enjoy reading it? Possible.
Is it worth reading? Yes. 

Excerpt:
A sudden shower pelted my windshield, reducing the visibility to almost nothing, but I maintained my speed. The black asphalt licked the bottom of my tires, striking every inch of the rubber, hungry to swallow me whole and transport me to my next destination. And at this point, I could go anywhere. Eager to get out, I didn’t even care whether I died in a car-crash. After what had happened between Mark and me earlier today, it truly was my way or the highway.
Planning my escape wisely hadn’t crossed my mind when I ignited the V8 turbo engine and dashed out of the school parking lot like a hoodlum in panic of being chased and caught by a platoon of law enforcement officials, after an unsuccessful bank heist. Like I said, I wanted out. And whatever I wanted, I achieved by any means necessary.
Running away brought me closer to freedom. No consequences for my actions. No guilt. No pain.
As my foot pressed harder on the gas pedal, I listened to the roar of the engine, which threatened to remind me of the overbearing loneliness I continued to ignore. My hand reached for the radio and I turned the volume to high. My head needed that noise to overwrite any internal monologues. Relentless, like waves on the shore, my thoughts wouldn’t stop crashing inside my brain, giving rise to a series of hot and cold sweats, while my inner self kept screaming the same question.
Why did I always have to run?

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About the author:
Johanna K. Pitcairn has dreamed of becoming a writer since childhood—authoring her first novel at the age of nine, and countless poems, stories, and screenplays by the age of seventeen. Later, rather than pursuing a career as a director and screenwriter, she decided to go to law school, driven by her father’s opinion that “writing does not pay the bills.”
Ten years later, she moved to New York City, which inspired her to go back to the excitement, wonder, and constant change of being a writer. Pitcairn is a huge fan of psychological-thriller novels and movies, and delves into her hopes, fears, friends, enemies, and everything in between in her own writing.
Contact her on Twitter @themanicheans
Check her website: http://themanicheans.com
She’s also on Facebook at http://facebook/jkpauthor
And J.K. Pitcairn is also a proud member of the Independent Author Network. Check her author page: http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/jk-pitcairn.html
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6894379.Johanna_K_Pitcairn