Thursday, 12 February 2015

Shut Up (Review & Giveaway!)

Hi there!

Sooo last week I just hit 700 Pinterest followers. Which means within a week I have received another 100 to make it 800! Do you know what that means? It means you lot are absolutely awesome and currently my favourite people in the world! *hugs to all the followers*

Title: Shut Up

Author:  Anne Tibbets
Publisher:  Premier Digital Publishing
Published Date:  1st July 2014
Rating: 5 stars
 
*Thank you to the author for the review copy*

Synopsis: Mary’s older sister, Gwen, has screwed up everything. Not only is Gwen pregnant at seventeen, but she’s also decided to marry the Creep who knocked her up. Now Mary is powerless to stop her family from imploding. Her parents are freaking out, and to top it off, the Creep has a gross fascination with Mary while Gwen enjoys teasing her to tears for sport. Despite her brother’s advice to shut up, Mary can’t keep her trap closed and manages to piss off Mom so much that it comes to blows. Mary doesn’t know what to do, and all her attempts to get help are rejected. When she finally plans her escape, she fails to consider how it could destroy them all.

Review: Well, with this book I have read all of Anne Tibbets books, and rated them all five stars. Honestly, this was amazing. It had a lot of themes about problems in here and I admired the way Tibbets managed to take a character of a twelve year old girl and tell her story so well.

The best thing about this had to be the themes it dealt with and how it managed to bring them across. A lot is in here. Mary’s family doesn’t have the most money ever, and they are a pretty big family as well. Gwen, her older sisters ends up pregnant at a young age and then marries. Mary is verbally abused by her family and sexually harassed by The Creep (Gwen’s boyfriend.) As well as that, depression was featured here. I think the thing about this book was that it was still realistic even though it was dealing with an abundance of things. And it was a meaningful story as well.
 
The story is told through Mary’s and her older brother, Paul’s, point of view. What I liked the two points of view was that they were complete opposite characters. Mary tried to please everyone no matter how much they hated her. Paul tried to be invisible and so he was seen as the obedient one. It was interesting to see how they both faced the same problem with different methods. Between them this story managed to break my heart and made me feel for the characters.
 
This was a bit of a depressing read, but then again it is a reality to a lot of people. I admire that Anne Tibbets always writes about subjects which can be hard to write effectively about in a manner that makes me want to reach out and do something to help those who suffer in such a way.
The book was also told through flashbacks as well as current life. What is happening in the present day really depends on what has happened in the past, and I liked the way the author made the two parts each play a significant enough role. We knew the outcome but didn’t know what could’ve happened to cause the outcome. That made it very interesting.
I am eagerly awaiting her next book. I will be the first to buy it for myself!
 
Giveaway Time! This is an international giveaway, so anyone can enter! Click the word 'giveaway' below to enter and possibly win one of two signed paperback copies.

GIVEAWAY


Olivia’s Question: Can you describe your family in one word?
 
Olivia-Savannah x

47 comments:

  1. I like the two perspectives and the flashbacks explaining the past events.

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    1. Yes, everything tied together so well here!

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  2. Hi Olivia - True that it may be depressing, but like you said, that is reality to many people -- unfortunately. I haven't yet read this author, but looks like I should start since all of your reviews of her books have been 5 stars. OK, shutting up now. :)

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    1. Yes, it is unfortunate but realistic stories like this make me understand those situations a lot more. Her books are fantastic! Heehee :)

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  3. LOL at that title, this sounds like a realistic story though - I cannot wait to check it out, thanks for the great review :)

    Benish | Feminist Reflections

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    1. Yes, it definitely is! I hope you like it.

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  4. I have never heard of this book, but it sounds really interesting. So I will definitely check it out on Goodreads. :)

    Cucie @ Cucie reads

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    1. I think that is a pretty good word for summing up family ;)

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  6. Hi Olivia, looks good! I see you really like this author, I will have to check out one of her books soon :)

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    1. I really do and I think she has earned my praise! I suggest you try Carrier first - I think you would like that one.

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  7. Thanks for the giveaway Olivia-Savannah!

    I am just letting you know that I nominated you for the Versatile Bloggers Award. You can check out my post with all the information at that link. I look forward to reading your posts - and congrats!

    Rachel @ Rachel's Reading Corner

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    1. Thanks so much for nominating! It might be a while until I get round to it, but I definitely will. I wish you well with the giveaway.

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  8. I haven't read anything by this author. This definitely sounds like a powerful read. I will have to try something by this author. Thanks for sharing. My family: complex. :)

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    1. It really was! And I would like to think that every family is complex in their own way ;)

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  9. This doesn't look like my typical read, but I'm open to branching out and we have similar opinions on books so I'm thinking about looking into it :) great review Olivia

    Most recent post on Enchanted by YA: http://enchantedbyya.blogspot.com/2015/02/arc-review-apprentice-black-mage-2-by.html

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    1. I would agree - we seem to like a lot of the same books! I hope you do like it if you choose to try it out.

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  10. Hmmm...one word for my family? Crazy. We all are, haha! Great review and thank you for the giveaway!

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    1. Crazy families are the best families ;)

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  11. Looks like an interesting read. I love stories which tackle real life issues.

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    1. Yes, realistic reads are some of my favourites ^.^

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  12. Congrats on 800 followers! I am currently reading Carrier, and it's a pretty good read.

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    1. Thank you Rose! Oh, and I am looking forward to hearing what you think of it. I know I loved it :D

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  13. I just noticed your blog design! I'm so slow.. I love the green background & your banner though :)

    Benish | Feminist Reflections

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  14. i would love to read this. looks really good

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    1. I hope you do! I think you would like it ;)

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  15. Sounds like a good read.....would love to win.....

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  16. The book market and movie market is flooded right now with stories of dysfunctional family units, teenage depression, peer abuse and in general the discordant manner in which our society is functioning at present. Anyone interested in family dynamics and how they can be disruptive to the point of destruction, should read this story. I do love the cover!

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    1. Yes it is! And that is because it is becoming a much more pressing issue today. Especially when it comes to teenage depression and peer abuse. I hope this story can enlighten people to the seriousness of the issue. The cover is spot on <3

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  17. This sounds pretty good. I would love to be able to read it. I hope I win.

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    1. I wish you the best with the giveaway! It is a worthy read :)

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  18. damaged - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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    1. I hope your family can fix it soon, whatever it is :(

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  19. Participated in the giveaway, it's a nice book based on some real dark issues. And as usual your review is really insightful :-)

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    1. Yes it is, but in the end these issues are really well too! Thanks Aditi <3

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  20. Wow, how do you gain so many followers on Pinterest? That's crazy.

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    1. xD I have no idea! I have a group board that I run, which I suppose helps?

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    1. Aww, I am sure your family can't be that bad!

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    1. Quirky families can make for some fun times ^^

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