Shut Up (Review & Giveaway!)

Shut Up (Review & Giveaway!)

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Title: Shut Up

Author:  Anne
Tibbets
Publisher:  Premier Digital Publishing
Published Date:  1st July 2014
Rating: 5 stars
 
*Thank you to the author for the review copy*

Synopsis: Mary’s older sister, Gwen, has screwed up
everything. Not only is Gwen pregnant at seventeen, but she’s also decided to
marry the Creep who knocked her up. Now Mary is powerless to stop her family
from imploding. Her parents are freaking out, and to top it off, the Creep has
a gross fascination with Mary while Gwen enjoys teasing her to tears for sport.
Despite her brother’s advice to shut up, Mary can’t keep her trap closed and
manages to piss off Mom so much that it comes to blows. Mary doesn’t know what
to do, and all her attempts to get help are rejected. When she finally plans
her escape, she fails to consider how it could destroy them all.

Review: Well,
with this book I have read all of Anne Tibbets books, and rated them all five
stars. Honestly, this was amazing. It had a lot of themes about problems in
here and I admired the way Tibbets managed to take a character of a twelve year
old girl and tell her story so well.

The best thing about this had to be the themes it dealt
with and how it managed to bring them across. A lot is in here. Mary’s family
doesn’t have the most money ever, and they are a pretty big family as well.
Gwen, her older sisters ends up pregnant at a young age and then marries. Mary
is verbally abused by her family and sexually harassed by The Creep (Gwen’s
boyfriend.) As well as that, depression was featured here. I think the thing
about this book was that it was still realistic even though it was dealing with
an abundance of things. And it was a meaningful story as well.
 
The story is told through Mary’s and her older brother,
Paul’s, point of view. What I liked the two points of view was that they were
complete opposite characters. Mary tried to please everyone no matter how much
they hated her. Paul tried to be invisible and so he was seen as the obedient
one. It was interesting to see how they both faced the same problem with
different methods. Between them this story managed to break my heart and made
me feel for the characters.
 
This was a bit of a depressing read, but then again it is
a reality to a lot of people. I admire that Anne Tibbets always writes about
subjects which can be hard to write effectively about in a manner that makes me
want to reach out and do something to help those who suffer in such a way.
The book was also told through flashbacks as well as
current life. What is happening in the present day really depends on what has
happened in the past, and I liked the way the author made the two parts each
play a significant enough role. We knew the outcome but didn’t know what
could’ve happened to cause the outcome. That made it very interesting.
I am eagerly awaiting her next book. I will be the first
to buy it for myself!
 
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