Stop the world
By Sherry Mayes
Set in the dusty desert town of Cedarville, North California, beauty queen, Jody Angel Taylor believes her life is all mapped out: glamorous, clever and popular, and due to marry her handsome boyfriend, she has it all. Until one night she has a devastating car crash, ending up paralyzed - and her perfect world collapses. Committing media suicide and publicly blamed for her own accident, everything around her falls apart. She becomes a lonely recluse, feeling she’s lost everything including her legs - her boyfriend to her best friend, her father to an affair, her mother to depression - but above all she fears losing her mind. What she doesn’t know is that someone across the globe is about to throw her a lifeline. Can she find the courage to take it? Determined to love again and clear her name, she embarks on a new adventure that will transform her life beyond all expectations
Rating - 5/5
I have to admit, I wasn't too sure if this book was going to hook me, but I was definitely wrong!
17 year old Jody seemed to have the everything going for her, she is a beauty queen with an amazing boyfriend and a great group of friends (or so she believes)... until one day her whole life crumples around her when she is involved in a crash after meeting her friend and is paralyzed. Whilst she is in hospital recovering, she discovers all is not well with her wonderful boyfriend, and finds out via social media that he is seeing her best friend, leaving poor Jody feeling truly rejected and betrayed. The story is fantastically written, as we see this young girl suddenly wake up and realise what is truly important in life whilst coming to terms with her paralysis. As well as dealing with this, she also has to come to terms with the fact that her dad has walked out on her and her mom when they needed him the most, for a work colleague leaving them both heartbroken.
Whilst being confined to her room she starts talking to a man called Otto who she meets on a medical chat website and instantly they hit it off, until Otto discovers Jody hasn't been completely honest with him about her condition, which leaves poor Jody feeling very alone again.
Luckily as the story nears the end we get the happy endings we were rooting for all along!
It is a tragic, yet truly beautiful story. The characters are portrayed brilliantly enabling you to picture them clearly. You find yourself warming to Jody's character with every page you read as you follow her on her journey to rediscovering herself.
I would definitely recommend this book!
I was very kindly given a copy of this book by the author for my honest opinion.