Author: Rachel Coker
Published by: Zondervan (2012)
My Rating: ✭✭✭✭✭
SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS:
Can love really heal all things? If Sam Carroll hadn't shown up, she might have been able to get to her mother in time. Instead, Allie Everly finds herself at a funeral, mourning the loss of her beloved mother. She is dealt another blow when, a few hours later, she is sent from Tennessee to Maine to become the daughter of Miss Beatrice Lovell, a prim woman with a faith Allie cannot accept. Poetry and letters written to her mother become the only things keeping Allie's heart from hardening completely. But then Sam arrives for the summer, and with him comes many confusing emotions, both toward him and the people around her. As World War II looms, Allie will be forced to decide whether hanging on to the past is worth losing her chance to be loved.
About this book. I am in awe over this book. How in the world did a fifteen year old write this book? The majority of adult writers aren’t half as good as this! The author is incredibly, incredibly, incredibly talented and I loved every word of Interrupted.
Plot: This is a book about love; overcoming the past; romance in the typical, appropriate coming-of-age way; Christianity and how the character comes to know God(after defying Him for years), mental illness and death, adoption, and so much more—all set in 1939 near World War II! I could not believe this—this amazing story with so many incredible Christian themes—was written by a fifteen year old. Stunning! Outstanding. Amazing.
Characters: I loved the characters so much! They were so fun and lovable. The romance/love between Sam and Allie was so sweet and perfect. Generally I’m not a huge fan of romance, but I’m used to it being generally unnecessary, pointless and inappropriate, not to mention between teens. This romance was clean, Christian and between characters of seventeen and eighteen years old. Plus, it took place in the 1940s. So in this case, I thought it was very sweet.
Themes: The Christian aspects are built in perfectly, described wonderful without sounding the least bit cheesy or “preachy”. It simply seemed like part of the plot, part of Allie’s life and recovery and I LOVED it. This book is, undoubtedly, changing lives of those who do not know Christ. If the author is this good at writing now, imagine how spectacular she’s going to be as an adult!
All in all this was an amazing read and I am really excited to read more of her books! I’d highly, highly, highly recommend this book to ages 12+!