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Monday, November 17, 2008

It’s Not About Me
By Michelle Sutton (A Second Glances Novel 1#)
Sheaf House Publishers (September 1,2008)
Contemporary Young Adult Novel

ISBN#9780979748516, 352pp, $12.99

Reviewed by Melissa Meeks (ForstRose) for Bibliophile's Retreat

It’s Not About Me is a bittersweet story of a young woman’s growth through trials no one should ever experience. God does some amazing things in both her life and the lives of those around her through the terrible challenges she faces after an unwarranted attack that will leave her forever scarred.

Michelle Sutton has brought the events of this short span of Annie’s experience to life and penned a collection of vivid characters that will live on for the reader beyond closing this book. I am amazed at the debut authors I am discovering who have a power with words that I have rarely seen over many years of reading. I suspect that Sutton's books along with two of my other favorite new authors Geralyn Beauchamp and Julie Lessman will one day join the ranks of authors such as Karen Kingsbury and Francine Rivers due to the exceptional power in their writing.

While this novel’s main characters are in their late teens and early twenties, the novel still touches a chord with readers at a variety of places in life and chronological age because of the emotionally gripping narrative and the author's ability to draw the reader into the lives of her characters such that it is difficult to put the book down once you have started it.

Michelle has done what few authors have succeeded at, she has dragged my emotions through a ride that I and they will not soon forget and she has done it with an intensity that is rare to see in any book but especially those appealing to teens and college age readers and the stereotypical romantic plot lines with their HEA endings and fluff-filled stories. I will certainly be begging Michelle to read her next book as soon as I can get my hands on a copy of it.

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David said...

I have not read "It's Not About Me", by Michelle Sutton, but I have read another work that she is trying to get published. I helped critique it for her. I found that she is difficult to critique in that she leaves little to correct. She has power in what she rights and passion. I've long admired Ms. Sutton as a fellow writer, even before she was published. So those of you who haven't had the chance to see just how good she is, now is your chance. Go get her book and you will definitely see that here is an author who can pull you into the story, and as intense as it gets, still bring you to a satisfactory ending. Like Melissa says, she is a truly talented writer.

Donald James Parker said...

Michelle stuck to her guns and instead of changing her books to fit the market has changed the market to fit her books - blazing a trail for the rest of us "edgy" writers to make an impact on the Christian - and hopefully secular world. Good insight, Melissa!
Donald James Parker
Author of Reforming the Potter's Clay

Michelle Sutton said...

Aw, thanks for posting your review Melissa. I opened me e-mail and saw the link. What a great way to start my day! :P

ForstRose said...

Thanks David, Don and Michelle for stopping by. You're welcome Michelle. Thanks Don for the compliment.