Google+ Reading Teen: Review: Jars of Glass by Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Review: Jars of Glass by Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler

This is a joint review by Kit (15) and Janeth (her grandma):

Jars of Glass
Jars of Glass is the story of a family trying to deal with tragedy. The story is told in alternating chapters by the two main characters, Shana and Chloe, who are sisters, 15 and 14 years old respectively. Each sister has their own way of handling what has happened to their family while also trying to deal with their father and 4 year old adopted brother. 

The girls approach life very differently but both are determined to keep their family together. Their struggle includes a father who has "checked out", a brother who has been adopted from a Russian orphanage, living above a funeral home and all the issues of being a teenage girl. 

Shana has chosen to deal with life by hiding behind dark clothing and make up and running with a crowd of people who do not know who she really is. She escapes her home at every possible opportunity and tries to ignore reality. She is the "older sister" by a year and tries to shield Chloe from her negativity. 

Chloe takes on the responsibility of keeping the household running and caring for her brother, Micah. She tries to keep things in the family as normal as possible. Two upcoming visitors bring even more stress to this little family and the way all members handle them bring the story to a climax. Both girls have been forced to grow up much sooner than they should have and take on responsiblilities beyond their ages.

Kit's Review:
I feel odd saying that this book was good because the storyline is pretty sad, or that I enjoyed it because that would imply I have a twisted sense of humor. But I also can’t say that it wasn’t good or I didn’t enjoy it because that would be a lie. Heather and Brad are amazing at what they do and this book is very well written, but this isn’t another cute “Happily Ever After” teen comedy/romance. With that out of the way I have to say that this book is captivating, surprising, and I had a very hard time setting it down. The ending is more about accepting life the way it is and making the best of it, instead of waiting for everything to get better. I would definitely recommend this book for teens or young adults.

Janeth's Review: 
This is not a fun story, but I enjoyed reading it very much. I liked the characters and was interested in finding out who they were and where they were going in life. There isn't a lot of action, in fact, one episode of violence caught me off guard. The characters feel real to me and the situation is one that many people can relate to. The girls are not perfect nor are they delinquents. They make some wrong choices but also some really strong and courageous decisions. I would recommend this book.

Parents need to know:  There is a moderate amount of cussing in this book as well as a few other questionable things.  For more details, go to Jars of Glass on Parental Book Reviews

1 comment:

  1. I thought that this book was a great book and it helps people deal with being themselves instead of hiding.


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