Author: Julieanne Lynch
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: Young Adult Coming of Age
Release Date: May 19 2015
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
Everyone is entitled to making their own choices in life, but a decision can make or break you. For Jacinta Kelly, hers came in the form of running away from everything that reminded her of her roots.
Living in rural Ireland was hard enough, but living with her mother’s mental illness and her obsession with her garden took its toll. One winter, the world as she knows it changes. Jacinta becomes aware of her own mortality, and how fragile her existence truly is.
Alone and frightened; to live or die, the choice is hers.
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The salty water coursed down her throat as she went under for the third time. Flailing her arms, she struggled to the surface, gasping for breath, trying to find something to grab a hold of.
It was pointless. The relentless current tugged at her legs, pulling her under. Wave after wave crashed down on her head, making her tread harder. Her heart resounded in her head. When she finally grew tired, her legs felt heavy and numb.
This was it. That singular fleeting moment in her life when she felt at peace.
She felt nothing else. No pain. No anger. No grief. Just harmony.
An ethereal silence and warmth wrapped itself around her, a sensation like nothing she had experienced before. A weightless feeling, void of the burdens that had weighed her down, surrounded her.
It felt both heavenly and majestic. As if the sun’s rays radiated down on her, easing the chill of the night, setting her free from the hurt, the sorrow, and the taste of the sea.
It was then that everything became silently still.
You are what you read?
There’s a saying, “You are what you read,” and I for one concur.
Because books can change the way a reader sees the world, themselves and their peers. Reading a good book immerses you in a world, encouraging a different way of thinking, and more often than not, you take a little bit of what you read and it influences your life and choices - to a degree.
It’s not like reading about super human powers and believing you have those same powers. I believe it is a much more subtle process that can help change people’s outlook and actions in life.
When reading a book where the character has a lot in common with you, it is easy to identify with them on an emotional level. In fact, when you relate to a character in such a profound way,
I like to think that those reading Silently Still will be able to use Jacinta’s tale as a positive–to take her experience and suffering and see that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Turning all the negativity into something positive. That even in our darkest hour, there will always be a glimmer of hope; a beacon of light signaling healing.
As a writer, I want my words to lay emphasis on the ability to express one’s thoughts and feelings, which is crucial to developing a sense of self.
It may sound like a cliché, but it is something I firmly believe in.
I remember reading The Color Purple by Alice Walker many years ago and I connected immediately with Celie and her struggles. My heart broke when her heart broke; I felt the joy she felt, almost mirroring each experience she went through. When I finished the book I had a more profound sense of wanting to love my sisters more, forgiving them (silly little things) and not harboring grudges over said silly things. The whole reading experience left me with a desire to be a better sister and daughter, but not only that, it made me want to teach my own daughter the important values and morals I had read.
To me, that’s a pretty huge indication of just how powerful a book can be.
Which makes me ask you, what great books have you read that have changed your attitudes, maybe even your own life and choices?
Julieanne Lynch is an author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Julieanne lives in Northern Ireland, with her husband and five children, where she works on novels full-time. Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths, a rock star being one of them. She studied English Literature and Creative Writing at The Open University, and considered journalism as a career path. However, she decided writing was the way for her and is thankful for each day she lives her dream.
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