Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Softly Say Goodbye by KC Sprayberry

Song Stuck on the Brain: White Sandy Beach of Hawai'i by Brother Iz

Today I'm reviewing my friend and critique partners newly published teen novel:



KC Sprayberry has done a great job of allowing the reader to see through younger eyes with a new perspective. Too many of todays YA books fail to represent the youth that are responsible, moral and driven to help others.

Erin and her crew aren't your typical selfish teens. They see what underage drinking does to their friends and their families and they want to make a difference. Taking a stand costs them all a great deal, but they have families that support them and help them stay strong. What a fantastic example to other teens that they aren't alone in their decisions to stay sober and clean.

The story had me be both chuckling and shedding tears. Very touching and empowering. I recommend it to the young reader and the young at heart.


Erin Sellers, an eighteen-year-old high school senior, hates teen drinking. She and her three friends – Bill, her guy, Shari and Jake - decide to use Twitter to stop a group, the Kewl Krew, from using their high school as the local bar. But the members of this group are just as determined to stop anyone from messing up their fun. Despite veiled threats to her safety, Erin continues her crusade.

To make matters worse for her, the stress of school and extra curricular work mounts and suddenly, shockingly, booze-fuelled tragedy strikes. Erin is now under greater pressure as she spends all hours to produce a mural and other work to commemorate the death of a teen friend. Bill, Jake and Shari support her in all this...

But more tragedy lurks nearby… until it’s time to softly say goodbye.

KC Sprayberry loves reading, but not as much as she loves writing stories for young adults and middle-graders. Her interest in telling her stories goes back to her high school years, where she excelled in any and all writing classes. After a move to the northwest area of Georgia, she dove into this pursuit full-time while raising her children. While she spends many days researching areas of interest, she also loves photography and often uses it as a way to integrate scenery into her work. (Twitter: @kcsowriter.)

KC Sprayberry has written and published many short stories as well. Be sure to check her site for links.

1 comment:

KC Sprayberry said...

Thanks, April. It's good to have validation for what you do. And it's your turn next. So, keep on trying. You'll do it!