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{January 29, 2012}   {Review} Sophie and Carter by Chelsea Fine

From Goodreads: While other high school seniors are dreaming about their futures, Sophie and Carter are just trying to make it through each day. Carter is overwhelmed by issues at home as he struggles to support his mother. Meanwhile, next door neighbor Sophie is left to care for her three younger siblings in place of their absent and troubled mother. All that holds these two best friends together is each other, and knowing that each night they’ll sit together on Sophie’s front porch swing and escape from reality, if just for awhile. But as their relationship reaches a turning point and high school graduation nears, will their friendship become something more?


This is a very powerful story of heartbreak and redemption.  It blew me away from the very first page as Fine takes us into the precarious world of Sophie and Carter, a world I wouldn’t wish on anyone, but know so many teens face on a daily basis.  This novel takes a raw look at two high school students yearning for change, looking to live regular lives, yet they are only free to be themselves within the walls of the educational system, where they can pretend to have a normal life.  And pretend they do, because what awaits them at home is more than any teen should have to deal with. 

Fine tells this amazing story through first person narratives of both Sophie and Carter, and I loved the back and forth glimpses into their world as their fears and triumphs are realized throughout the novel.  I teach high school, and this novel really hit home as I realized that some of my students are probably going through similar situations as Sophie and Carter, and it breaks my heart.  Fine has created a very real, very powerful story centering on the youth of America, and I highly recommend this novel to everyone.  Five stars.

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Pavan says:

I absolutely loved this book. Sophie and Carter was so beautifully written, your review is amazing!

whoa great review! really wan’t to read it just now :D

This is a real and quite interesting book. I’m hoping to read it soon. :)

Anubha says:

Sounds nice and emotional book… :)

Mary Preston says:

I think this book will be quite an experience to read. It’s heart breaking to know how tough some people have it & still keep doing what they need to do. I felt this book just reading the blurb & your review.

deadtossedwaves says:

I have heard nothing but great things about this book. I really want to read it!!! It sounds like a great read. I love multiple pov’s :)

deadtossedwaves says:

Also, I put my name as Vivien in the rafflecopter *headdesk*

Not a problem! Lol, I recognized your profile pic from twitter. :)

Thanks for your awesome review! I LOVED this book for all the reasons you listed… :)

It is such a good book!!! Have you read Fine’s other book, ANEW (Archers of Avalon), as well? I loved that one too!

Thanks for being such a prolific reviewer. I don’t know how you manage to thoroughly read so many books, but I’m glad you do. Quite a few books in my virtual to-be-read pile are there based on your recommendations!

Thank you for the kind words! I truly hope you enjoy the books you’ve picked up based on my recommendations! I also hope you enjoy them as much as I did… :)

Reading is such a huge part of my life; I don’t know what I’d do without it! Thanks for reading and supporting my blog!

Ugh…. I don’t think I’ve ever cried so much over so short a book! I read the first few chapters and had to put it down for a couple of days. I’m so glad I picked it back up. It was worth all the tears. Thanks!

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