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Title: Shut Up
Author: Anne Tibbets
Publisher: Premier Digital Publishing
Published Date: 1st July 2014
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!
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