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  • Sooo good

    OMG! Linda knocked this out of the park. I am not a person to sit down nightly to read a book. I finished this one in 3 consecutive nights. It was a very quick read with a bunch of unique and unexpected events! As a teacher it really rang home for the students who I have known to have similar adventures.

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  • Take Me With You

    16-year-old Sam has a plan: he’s going to finish school and save enough money to move away from home. He’s got a going for him: a long-term best friend, a job, drama club which he loves, and now, a girlfriend. But no one knows what Sam’s home life is really like. Not even his best friend knows that his father is abusive, because Sam is really good at hiding it. Not having a mom has also hit him hard; he’s obsessed with finding out where his mom is, hoping that one day he’ll find her and learn why she left them. And then all of a sudden, things in Sam’s life begin to fall apart, and when they do, he finds an all too common way to cope. It is painful to see just how fast Sam’s life goes from stable and happy to miserable and out of control. The author does a good job of showing how destructive alcohol can be without preaching. This isn’t a book that offers kids a 'just say no' approach. Rather they can see for themselves how quickly alcohol can cloud decision-making and judgment, how a short-term buzz can lead to long-term misery and shame, and how even good kids who are trying to behave responsibly can lose the way. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book, and as soon as I started reading, I was pulled right into the plot. I’m sure teens will enjoy this book as much as I did—especially, seeing Sam overcome his challenges with the help of his friends.

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  • Compelling story!

    Linda Duddridge’s new book, Take Me With You, is a compelling story of a young man in crisis. The book tackles tough situations and issues and the reader should be prepared for a wild and often difficult ride. Sam fantasizes about his mother returning to take him away from life with his abusive and drunken father. Terrified of being like his father, Sam stays on the straight and narrow. When his father forces Sam to drink with him, Sam finds himself wandering further and further into a life he would never choose but which he finds he cannot avoid or escape. The characterization in this book is superb. We feel Sam’s pain and confusion, and we are given hope by the presence of his best friend, Kennedy. Sam has hidden the truth about his home life even from her. When he starts acting differently and destructively, Kennedy sticks with him, providing solace not only to Sam but to the reader. The pacing in the novel is very good. I found myself pulled forward through every bit of the story, sometimes dreading what would come next, but always feeling the need to know what Sam would do, what would happen to him and how and if he would find his way through to a resolution. I highly recommend Take Me With You. For full disclosure, I was provided a free advanced reading copy by the author in exchange for writing an honest review.

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  • A Great Page Turner!

    This book is about the trials and tribulations of teenagers navigating through life – some with more hurdles than others. The author gives you no choice but to love the characters and root for their successes and feel sadness for their losses. Trigger warning for those suffering from heartache from dysfunctional upbringing/loss. It however makes you appreciate having survived those tumultuous times and seeing that it has made you stronger in the outcome. A definite great read for teens and adults alike.

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  • Take me with you

    This was my first read from this author and I really loved that the story was written in the first person point of view. I really enjoyed the story. This book had some hart topics but I really loved the writing. I will be reading more from this author in the future. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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