Book 4 in the series: Jessie has managed to defy the odds, overcoming a severe hearing loss and achieving a Black Belt. She seemed to have it all, a handsome and devoted boyfriend, success as a karate instructor…until now.On the cusp of graduating from high school, a shocking injury changes her life. With her heart shattered and her faith destroyed, she finds herself headeBook 4 in the series: Jessie has managed to defy the odds, overcoming a severe hearing loss and achieving a Black Belt. She seemed to have it all, a handsome and devoted boyfriend, success as a karate instructor…until now.On the cusp of graduating from high school, a shocking injury changes her life. With her heart shattered and her faith destroyed, she finds herself headed in a new direction all alone. As she leaves for college, she needs to find the courage to conquer her self-doubt and rediscover hope before it’s too late....
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This is the forth book in a series that follows Jessie, a teen with a hearing impediment. I really enjoyed this story!Jessie McIntyre is a character I could relate to easily. She has faced many difficult challenges over the last few of years, what with being bullied at high school, competing at Karate tournaments and earning her black belt, as well as learning to deal with her extra hearing loss after her accident. Now heading towards college, Jessie is finding life even more complicated. Will she overcome the obstacles placed in her way? And can she find out what her destiny has in store?It has been two years since I read and reviewed the third book, Destiny. However, when I heard that this book had been released, I quickly purchased a copy, as I was curious to find out how Jessie was getting on. This story continues on from book three and is told through the eyes of Jessie. I was quickly pulled into the lives of the characters once more and taken on a huge emotional roller coaster ride. It was lovely meeting her again, I missed her.It has been a pleasure watching Jessie's character grow throughout the series. I have also enjoyed watching Jessie and Ethan's relationship grow closer over the series. They have had their ups and downs, as most couples do, but I love the way they interact; you can almost feel their love for each other, it's that palpable. But after a sparring accident causes a rift, Jessie finds herself facing a life altering choice.Jessie is accepted to an art college and this see's her leaving home and spreading her wings a bit. This also introduces us to a new character, Jackson. I am not a fan of love triangles and I was worried that this would be the case in this book. However, I needn't have worried. Jackson is an art college student too, and rents a room in the same house as Jessie. They soon become fast friends. He also happens to be gay.As I said above, this book is a roller coaster ride of emotion and I felt each one that impacted on Jessie. This book is full of love, joy, anger, fear, sadness, loss and, most especially, hope. I found myself in tears on more than one occasion, so I suggest you keep a tissue handy just in case. Jessie finds herself facing many challenging situations and trying new things. I especially enjoyed the fencing and Bo scenes. I am not a sporty person (though I love swimming), but these scenes are written with authority as the author obviously has an interest in these sports and either has extensive experience or knowledge of them as well as Karate. There is also a spiritual feel to the story that I enjoyed. I reached the end of the story with mixed feelings; sad that it ended but happy at the way it concluded.Jennifer Gibson has written an intriguing and interesting YA story based in truth. I found the story a quick read. I love the way the story flows from scene to scene; it's extremely fluid and the descriptions were described in such a way that I could picture them with ease. This is an author I have added to my favourite authors list.I highly recommend this book to young readers aged 12 to 16, and to adults who love reading younger YA romance or coming of age novels. - Lynn Worton
Once again, the talented Jennifer Gibson has done it again! I've read all of her books in this series and really enjoyed them. Each one takes Jessie on a new path in her life. This one was about her moving on to college where she became very good friends with her roommate, Jackson, who happened to be gay. Like the other books in this series, this one gives the reader a sense of what it's like to deal with a disability, particularly having a hearing loss. I never thought about how isolating that can be and these books have given me an appreciation for what those afflicted with a hearing loss go through. I also enjoyed the friend and the parallels the author drew between having a disability and being gay - basically both of them different from the "norm" and having trouble being accepted. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a story about a young adult facing her challenges head on and going for her dreams!
Beautiful depiction of strength through strife.Very sweet story about strength of character and perseverance. I love the perspective of the young ladies personal battle. I wish more books like this were available to help people understand more clearly. It would make a great difference in society.
Jessie is one of those characters. Her raw humanity takes a bit of the shine away, giving her an intensity that at times is not all that glamorous. This sounds like a bad thing right? WrongJessie says at one stage in this book - I am not a toy that can be fixed. In this particular section I actively disliked her choices and her lack of coping skills. But the words she said stuck. None of us are toys. Once broken we cannot be fixed. And this is why I absolutely adore this entire series.Jessie is at times amazing, wonderful, bitchy and if I ever dared roll my eyes half as much as she does to her parents I would not be alive to sit and review this. At times she is mean, short sighted and extremely self obsessed. But she is a real girl. Warts and all which makes her THE most easy to relate to character I have ever come upon. I mean seriously! In the end my HOPE (see what I did there?) is that I will get to read plenty more books in which Jessie learns, loves and overcomes to shine ever brighter.
3.5/5.0Fourth in a series of books that follows Jesse, a strong young woman who has faced many challenges in her young life, Jenifer Gibson has created an interesting and compelling story line with a likeable and sensitive heroine.Read full review in the 2017 November issue of InD'tale Magazine.