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Weekend Writing Warriors – 3/31/13

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Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors and Happy Easter! Thank you all for commenting on my last 8. This week I’m taking a break from my novel and sharing an 8 from a YA short story, which I just finished.

Set-Up: My heroine, Sunny, is on her way to meet her friends for a party, before going away to college. She stops for coffee, when she’s approached by battered young woman.

And now for the 8:

 

Thinking about the piping-hot, frothy latte I’d have, I inched closer to the glass door when I felt something tapping on my shoulder. I turned around and nearly jumped back, a millisecond from crying out. A young woman, maybe a few years older than me, was standing barefoot in ragged jeans and a navy tank-top. Puzzled by the puffy bruise on her cheek, I adjusted my glasses gazing at her black left eye. She held out her hand, her livid wrist red with welts.

“Got any change, kid?” she asked her voice flat. I winced, wondering what good spare change would do for her.

“I…d-don’t have any,” I lied and stepped back, while she lowered a brow and studied me.

 

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Bitter End – A Definite Goodread

I write young adult fiction, and one way I research the genre is read YA books – lots of them. I learn the style as well as current adolescent trends. I also read novels from a variety of authors and one which I’ve recently finished reading stood out: Bitter End, by Jennifer Brown. I won’t go into the details of the synopsis, but the theme is abusive relationships.

I thought the author did a great job portraying the character’s emotions throughout the novel. Additionally, the dialogue between all the characters not only moved the story, but was powerful. What can really hook the reader is how the main character continued to stay with the abuser after each incident. Of course, when you read about the main character’s history you understand. I’ve always been told to create characters your readers will feel for, and I think this character fits the bill.

As I read the story, I recalled my previous marriage; my ex-wife isolated me a lot from my family and friends and even questioned where I had been. I reminded myself of how wise I was to stand up to her and end things before they got really bad (as if they hadn’t been bad enough). Having been in a similar situation, I could feel for the character and everything she went through. It shocks me at the number of people who stay in abusive relationships; I had several college classmates who often said their boyfriends got jealous of male friends. I knew one girl whose boyfriend wouldn’t let have any friends – he wanted her all to himself. When I asked why she didn’t stand up to him, she said, “I just want to make him happy.” I think she also lacked self-confidence and esteem. Anyways, even if the partner is just ‘jealous’ that can even lead to big problems down the road.

The book was published back in 2011, but it’s still worth reading. I definitely recommend it to anyone who’s been in an abusive relationship. Teens in general can learn what it’s like and how to prevent it. The author certainly knows her subject! So add this book to your reading list and click on her name, Jennifer Brown for more info on the book.

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Six Sunday – 01/20/13

Only one more round of Six Sunday after this week. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Sundays won’t be the same. But thanks for spending part of your Sunday to check out my six. There are so many authors whose works I’ve enjoyed reading, even if it’s only six sentences. This week I’m sharing a six that features one more devastating detail about Cammy’s dad. I’m glad to see that many of you are feeling for Cammy as this how I’d like my readers to feel. In this six, Cammy has just told Ryan that after her mom died her dad developed a drinking problem and would often get drunk and hit her.  Ryan is the first to speak:

“Didn’t you tell anyone?”

“Wanted to, but he threatened me, saying he was the only one who could take care of me – such a load of shit!” She wiped a tear from her puffy face.

“Got to the point where I was afraid to go home after school. Course one night when I came home from my boyfriend’s house, he was wasted. Got pissed at me for bein’ late, so he threw me against the wall and punched my arm.”

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