Friday, September 21, 2012

Review: Careful by Isobella Jade

Review: Careful by Isobella Jade

IN A GLANCE: A story about what its like for people you leave behind after you die.

 Title: Careful
 Author: Isobella Jade
 Publisher: Gamine Press
 Format: Ebook PDF
 Pages:  292 pages
 ISBN #:  0985097507
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"I couldn’t feel my arms or legs. My neck, my hair, my stomach—they weren’t mine anymore." If you lived in Willow Ridge, a town based on Jade’s hometown called Liverpool in Central New York, you’d know of Estella Montclair. Estella is one of the top high school sprinters around and she’s in the newspaper all the time. After Estella Montclair is killed in a texting and driving crash, what remains of her face and body is devastating. But not all of her has died. During the first month after her death, Estella’s spirit travels among her living friends and family. Her best friends Zara, Eva and Jett show her how pain and sorrow can break apart or strengthen a bond. She also sees for the first time that loss can spark revenge, catastrophe can come without warning, and we all have secrets. She wonders if her chance for love with Phoenix has passed her by, and if out of sight truly means out of mind. And maybe one day the girl who caused her death will admit her mistake. While adjusting to a new state of being, Estella struggles to face the limitations that come with death, but blossoms by recognizing she can still touch the lives of the people she once knew so well.


Lose and grief can be a pretty hard topic to read about, this story is a tearjerker, I want to make sure you all know that right away, but Careful is a wonderfully written story about a person that is killed by someone texting and driving.

This story unfolds as the main character is killed and well, lets put it this way, she isn't all the way dead.  She watches the grief unfold in front of her and tried to comfort her family and friends.  All the different ways her friends and family deal with their grief is so real and the way people deal with things like death of a friend.  This story is filled with great characters and a great plot.

I love how the author took a very prominate topic and weaved it into the story.  Texting while driving happens all the time and we really need to get the word out about how it can kill someone.

This is a rollercoster of a story, from emotions of family and friends to the main character that has to watch all of this unfold in front of her.  My emotions were on end while reading this book.  Careful is a very well written book that I enjoyed reading.


Plot:   20/20
Writing: 19/20
Creativity: 19/20
Characters: 19/20
Cover: 6/10
Ending: 9/10

92 out of 100 = 4 Puppies


Author Bio

 Isobella Jade is an author, petite model and a wizard of self-promotion. Her modeling memoir Almost 5'4" is her personal memoir about being a shorter-than-average model in NYC, the ins and outs and highs and lows of striving to beat the odds. Her graphic novel Model Life was released in November 2009 and Short Stuff is her collection of on-the-job experiences that took place after Almost 5'4" and includes modeling tips for shorter girls. Her most recent work is a new YA novel called Careful, the first book of the Careful, Quiet, Invisible series.

*This was a book review for a blog tour, YA Bound. They gave me the book for review. Thanks so much for the book for review.  For more information about the tour click: HERE*

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