Release Date: September 1st, 2012
Finished Date: October 22nd, 2012
Publishers: Self Published
Source: For Review
The Review: Swell is a story that deals with a lot of issues in our society nowadays from teen drinking to alcoholism and to rape. And I have to admit, I definitely wasn't prepared for this book before I started it. I knew the basics of the story but I didn't know just how deep the author would take it, and well yeah I was more than a little shocked but in a totally realistic way because, if anything, this story is realistic and I think there needs to be more books like this out there in the world.
Beck is our main character who experiences everything for the first time when she meets popular school boy, Christian. However, Beck doesn't realise that Christian has more problems than anyone ever thought and he's soon dragging Beck down with him. As the story unravels we watch both characters lose more and more of themselves to alcohol and with the story being told from Beck’s prospective, it’s a story that’s quite emotional – one that I didn’t always connect with at time but emotional nonetheless. I found it hard as a reader to watch the trouble that Beck was getting herself into, I wanted her to fight more but drinking just because the solution to all her problems. It isn’t until Beck meets Jesse that things start to look brighter for her but still, she’s not without problems.
As a reader, author Julie Riemann Duck gives you glimpses to a huge turning point for Beck at the start of each chapter – one that’s quite difficult to not get emotionally attached to because you can just see what’s going to come and you can’t help sympathise for Beck. Without this turning point, I don’t think it would have given Beck the strength she needed, so while it was always going to be a difficult subject, I think the author handled it very well.
All in all, while Swell isn’t a favourite of mine, I did still enjoy reading it. If you enjoy realistic stories, then this is the book for you.
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