Published by Rebelight Publishing Inc on November 3rd 2014
Mom’s new boyfriend is creepy.
On the night of her seventeenth birthday, Raven finds out he isn’t just creepy, he’s dangerous. He leaves Raven broken and bleeding, but Mom blames her for what happened. She kicks Raven out of the house with nothing but a blanket to protect her from a frigid winter night.
As Raven struggles with the aftermath of the ultimate betrayal, she seeks solace in her imagination and a teacher who seems to understand her situation. She ultimately discovers that her world won’t change if she relies upon someone else to do it. Real change begins within.
First off, I must say, being Canadian I love to read Canadian writing. I had a goal to read more Canadian writing this year, and I am glad I read this book.
I knew, when I read the description of this book, that this book was going to be a hard one to read. Sometimes, the hardest books to read, the are ones that need to be read. This lovely book touches on many conversations, and topics, that we as people sometimes tend to avoid in life. It brings to life the harsh reality that some people face daily.
Raven has a less than perfect home life, dealing with a mother who turns a blind eye to what her boyfriend does to Raven. Her mother tosses her from the house, and we see Raven trying to heal herself, as well as deal with other personal issues a young person can deal with. It’s a gripping, heart breaking and powerful story. Being a mom, this really hit me in the heart. I couldn’t imagine doing this to my daughters, but it also reminds you that this does happen in our world. And quite often.
This is a fantastic book, and I am so glad I had the opportunity to read this. I look forward to reading more from Suzanne in the future.
Winner will be drawn March 27, 2015
· Two (2) winners will received a physical copy of Empty Cup by Suzanne Costigan (US/Canada)
· Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Empty Cup by Suzanne Costigan (INT)