T.M. Souders is touring with her young adult novel, Freedom Road. She asked me to read the first chapter of this book and provide my thoughts.
**FINALIST, USA Book Awards, Young Adult Fiction, 2012**
**FINALIST, Next Generation Indie Awards, Young Adult Fiction, 2013**
**Second Place/Quarter-Finalist in the YA category of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards**
A father’s selfish demands, broken booze bottles, and unconscious mothers are everyday fixtures in eighteen-year-old Samantha Becker’s life. Armed with her guitar and music to keep her comfort in a volatile world, Sam’s one dream to study classical guitar at Juilliard may very well be her salvation. But when her father’s careless actions lead to an “accident,” Sam’s ability to play the guitar dies along with her dreams of attending the renowned school. Losing all confidence in her future, Sam hides behind the emotional barriers that have protected her for years.
Just when Sam has given up, a budding friendship and an unexpected romance give her the hope she needs, forcing her to reevaluate all she’s ever known. With fresh conviction, Sam battles her father’s plans for her future, band mates using her for personal gain, and a permanent injury. But will it be enough? Julliard auditions are almost here. Time’s running out, and Sam must re-learn to play the guitar or give up her dreams forever.
COVER: Perfect for the genre and provides a glimpse into the main character and her interest in music. Love it!
FIRST CHAPTER: Samantha Becker recalls the accident that changed her life.
KEEP READING: Definitely, 100% yes! This is an emotion-filled chapter with a strong narrator that draws the reader in. Sam’s life isn’t just less than perfect. It’s a mess. Her dreams are shattered by the careless actions of her father and she must deal with a mother who is an alcoholic. Real issues make for dramatic fiction. This book looks like it will be a fabulous read. The first line hooked me and I know I need to read the rest of Sam’s story.
The author submitted the first chapter of this book for review. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.
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T.M. Souders was born in Johnstown, PA and grew up in the suburbs outside of Pittsburgh. She graduated in 2004, from Youngstown State University, with a degree in Psychology and minor in Women’s Studies. She is the author of bestselling women’s fiction novel, Waiting on Hope, as well as the novelette Dashing Through The Snow, and the three-time, award-winning YA novel, Freedom Road. She is the founder of The Serious Reader, a site dedicated to connecting with readers one book at a time. She currently lives in rural Ohio with her husband and children. You can visit the author and chat at her site http://www.tmsouders.com/.
GIVEAWAY – Win a Freedom Road Prize Pack!
- One 15oz. “I Love Freedom Road” Fan Mug
- A pair of purple teardrop earrings
- A CD of Samantha Becker’s (the main character’s) favorite Indie Music
- Sam’s favorite YA book, “Revolution” in hardback by Jennifer Donnelly
- A red, reusable cold drink tumbler with straw
- 3 pack of mini notebooks with pen
- 4 pack of mini candles
- 3 pack of flip flop car air fresheners
- Candy: Mike ‘n Ikes, Peanut M&M’s, SweetTarts
- TM Souders bookmark & a personalized note from the author to YOU!