October 2, 2017

Protected by Claire Zorn | Review

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Protected by Claire Zorn | ReviewProtected on October 3, 2017
Pages: 276
Format: ARC
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I have three months left to call Katie my older sister. Then the gap will close and I will pass her. I will get older. But Katie will always be fifteen, eleven months and twenty-one days old.
Hannah's world is in pieces and she doesn't need the school counsellor to tell her she has deep-seated psychological issues. With a seriously depressed mum, an injured dad and a dead sister, who wouldn't have problems?
Hannah should feel terrible but for the first time in ages, she feels a glimmer of hope and isn't afraid anymore. Is it because the elusive Josh is taking an interest in her? Or does it run deeper than that?
In a family torn apart by grief and guilt, one girl's struggle to come to terms with years of torment shows just how long old wounds can take to heal.

I was originally drawn into this book because of the premise. It sounded really interesting-especially the beginning part! I had to know what had happened to Katie. I didn’t know if it was because of death, or if the book was going to take a sci-fi turn. Even the cover didn’t really give much away, so needless to say, I was completely intrigued.

The book completely sucked me in and I felt for Hannah so much. She had been mistreated by so many people in her life, especially everyone at school. It’s not Hannah’s fault that she is different.   

In addition, the novel also takes place in Australia, which I found super awesome. I’ve never read a book that takes place there, so I really liked that aspect.   

I don’t want to go into too much detail about what went down with Katie, so I’m just going to tell you to go read this book for yourself. The only reason I’m giving it 3 stars is because I found it a little slow at times.

  1. Sam Kozbial says:

    I just finished this book today, and I sort of loved it (4/5). I have a thing for grief books, and this one had all the right ingredients for me. The exploration of the different relationships, the family dynamics, the guilt and fear that the survivors were dealing with, plus the bullying and abandonment Hannah had to deal with. I was definitely dealing with a lot of emotions. A little more at the end would have been nice, but overall a great read for me.

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