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How Books can Change Lives

Reversal, YA novel by Eric Linne, changes livesEvery once in a while, I remember why I love being a writer.  My modest goal is to have my books read by as many people as possible, to get good constructive feedback from readers and periodically hear how my book touched somebody’s life in a positive way.  I had one of those moments a few days ago.

I had sent out a single book to a reader who wanted a copy for her daughter, but could not afford the bookstore or online price.  After a few weeks, I got a private message on Facebook from the reader’s mother, expressing how much the book meant to her daughter.

The mother explained that my book had changed her daughter’s life.  The girl, who is overcoming a slight learning disability, struggled with the story at first, but persevered to the end and loved the main character, Kayla Burbadge.  She said that after reading Reversal, her daughter is becoming more independent and is less reliant on others for help.  She went on to explain that the daughter has been willing to challenge herself to participate in activities that she’d previously been fearful of.  Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the Mom explained that for the first time ever, the young girl is looking forward to returning to school in the fall (middle school, no less)!

So while riches, movie deals and critical acclaim may elude the majority of working writers, every once in a while, you get a reminder of what is really important about this work – having the ability and opportunity to positively impact a young person’s life.    

4 Star Book Review of Reversal

Reversal YA novel review by Once Upon a YA Book

“A refreshing viewpoint that addresses females participating in male-dominated sports”. The latest book reviewer gives Reversal, the YA novel by Eric Linne, 4 Stars.

Here’s the latest Goodreads Book Review about Reversal, as reviewed on  Kimber Wheaton’s blog that showcases reviews of Young Adult and New Adult books.

Why they liked it

Christy wrote: “I enjoyed  this story. I empathized for Kayla and her situation. The author nailed her internal struggle perfectly. Lots of issues were well addressed in this book. I followed Kayla as she encountered prejudice, loss, depression, bullying, war veterans and their stories, foster children, troubled youth, ethnic diversity, culture shock (big city life to small town life), abuse, and much more.

Most of the characters were very well thought-out. 

You don’t often see a book that addresses females participating in male-dominated sports. It is a refreshing viewpoint. I also liked that Kayla began to heal from her grieving. She began to find beauty and laughter and love in her life again. I appreciate the author’s voice, and the way he brought everything together.”

What they questioned

The reviewer “didn’t get a good sense of Kayla’s physical features, though. What color was her hair? Her eyes? I always visualize characters as I am reading, but her face was fuzzy. I would have liked a bit more about Hollis and Arthur and their stories as well. Why is Arthur afraid of a few teammates? Why does Hollis follow Kayla around so much? If Hollis likes her, why isn’t he showing it more?”

The full Review

To read the entire book review, click here.