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May 18, 2013

CRUMBLE by Fleur Philips

by Fleur Philips  



A modern tale of forbidden love…
Eighteen-year-old Sarah McKnight has a secret. She’s in love with David Brooks. Sarah is white. David is black.
But Sarah’s not the only one keeping secrets in the close-knit community of Kalispell, Montana. Her father George, who owns a local gun shop and proudly drives a truck with a Confederate flag bumper sticker, hides his own complicated past. When he discovers Sarah’s relationship, George decides to share his feelings with Alex Mackey—a lonely classmate of Sarah’s whom George has taken under his wing. As Alex embraces the power of George’s dark hatred, the hopes and dreams of young lives hang in the balance.
In just a few short months, Sarah and David will graduate from high school and leave Kalispell for a new life together in Los Angeles. Maybe in California, they can stop hiding their love—and the other secret they share…something George McKnight—and Alex Mackey—will never accept.

 When I started reading this book, I thought it would be about interracial relationships, love and acceptance.and hope. I was a little disappointed.  The book was a short read and I think there were too many issues put in a small space. The characters did';t interest me, especially Alex.  He was just a might crazy. The book had a lot of the things most of us wish  could be settled at some degree.  TIME  hasn't eased things like racism, abuse, bullying, teen pregnancies., guns, just about all the things that were prevalent years ago.  Have we not made any headway?  The book made me quite sad to think people can't get along just because there are differences such as color or what part of town you grew up in..You get the message that these things haven't changed that much. They sometimes are washed over or ignored. .If this was the intent of the author, it was a decent read..  I don't think I would recommend this book to JUST anyone. The reader should have tolerance for these issues and want change.  Perhaps if there were more positive thoughts to counteract the negative. Too much negativity and not enough positive thoughts.

I would give this book 4 STARS

I was given this complimentary copy of CRUMBLE by the author Flleur Philips. for this unbiased review.

Fleur Philips holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Montana. Her first novel, I Am Lucky Bird, was selected as a general fiction finalist for the 2011 Book of the Year Award from ForeWord Reviews. Her second novel, Crumble, will be released in the summer 2013. She lives in Upland, California, and when she’s not writing, she’s cheering for her son in his athletic endeavors.

1 comment:

Fleur said...

Thank you for taking the time to read and review CRUMBLE, Gayle. Much appreciated!