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Title: Knotted Roots
Author: Ruthi Knight
Format: Paperback and eBook
Genre: YA Romance
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About the Book:
Partying with friends and scoring a flawless tan is about all Roxie has on her list of things to make her Hampton’s summer perfect.
Her parents, however, have other plans and Grandma Betty’s farm is just one of them.
Just as her life is in shambles and the quaint town is suffocating her, she meets Chase.
Somewhere in the mix of bummer summer and small town doldrums, he becomes the boy she can’t seem to avoid falling for. Just adding him to the picture, her stay starts to get better, even if she knows it has to end with the summer holidays.
That is until Betty drops a life-shattering bomb.
Roxie must make a choice that will change her life forever. What happens when a spoiled brat from New York learns the true meaning of love, loss, and forgiveness?
Can Chase and Roxie find a way to be together or is this just another summer romance?
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In a story that is a complete metaphor for growth, Ruthi Knox has introduced us to Roxie: a spoiled, seventeen year old girl completely obsessed with her own wants. When her summer plans for sun, sand and friends are derailed by her parents impending divorce: she is sent to South Carolina to stay with the grandmother she never knew.
Roxie is an angry brat through much of the story: while her anger does cover up a deep insecurity that is never really explained, she has a difficulty empathizing and feeling accepted. I believe some of the hints to her separation come from her mother, a cold fish if ever I saw one. What redeems Roxie is her ultimate ability to face her own fears and take a chance, with some take-no-prisoners moments from new friends, and coming to know and understand her grandmother. This development of her character was the obvious solution, but all the more satisfying because of her initial distastefulness.
Chase is a far more patient and thoughtful boy than one would ordinarily encounter: the push-pull from Roxie is all the more interesting for his reactions. Far from giving up and walking away, his efforts to get her to open up, and take chances are traits of a far more mature man. Whether that inner strength came from his sense of place and the gentle and not so gentle acceptance Betty offered him isn’t clear. But he also needs to work through some major losses and tragedies in his life: far more than Roxie ever did, and his maturity and willingness to move forward make him a standout.
Betty, Roxie’s grandmother is just fabulous. Her concern for those who rely on her, and her desire to know Roxie and share with her are readily apparent. Particularly striking is her unwillingness to allow Roxie to dictate: her silences work perfectly to highlight bad behaviors, and forced Roxie to look at her own behavior, even if she didn’t change it.
Other secondary characters were equally well developed and brought their own gifts to the story: from tough love friendship to background on her grandmother, there were few chance encounters with characters that did not serve the story or the plot.
But, there are some negatives that did affect the flow, although not in a dramatic way. There are some grammar issues with verb tenses, most notable early in the story and less so further on. Additionally, I am not a fan of “colloquial” speech that is written to make an accent. The frequent appearance of ‘ya ‘where you would have been more appropriate and felt cleaner did have me stopping and starting, often. I understand the concept and desire to make the conversation feel more real, but with the strong establishment of characters in place and voice, it didn’t work that well for me. This was a story that had a great deal of emotion evident and often felt: there is an underlying tension from Roxie that mirrors her own anxieties and the anger that masks her fears. There are no half-steps with these characters: you have instant reactions to them that strengthen and change as you delve into their characters. Completely readable and very engaging, this was a story that had many more positives than negatives: especially as a debut.
I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review as part of a tour. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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About the Author:
If you had asked 6 year old Ruthi what she wanted to be when she grew up, she would have told you a Rock Star. Those dreams faded to the background when she found out who the true Rock Stars are: Authors.
She has always had a fascination with books, losing herself completely in numerous books, enjoying the worlds she found that were so unlike her own. They were her escape, and eventually became her passion.
Her family has been putting up with her and her incoherent ramblings while she worked on her debut novel, Knotted Roots. Her five year old and Fiance have suffered through many “fend for yourself” nights, but somehow still manage to love her anyway.
She is now attending the Southern New Hampshire University, working on her Bachelor’s in Creative Writing/Fiction so that she can create her own worlds for others to fall in love with.
Okay, now that I’m done talking in the third person, let me just say that I love connecting with people via Facebook, Goodreads, my blog, etc. If you would like to chat, you can usually find me online at any given time. I also want to say thank you to each and every person who reads my book. It was a labor of love and I truly hope that you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it!