The song goes
- Home, home on the range,
- Where the deer and the antelope play;
- Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
- And the skies are not cloudy all day.
Well, for most indie authors disparaging words are heard all the time and the skies are always cloudy. Sometimes this is deserved, such as when these indie authors don’t use any kind of spell-check or have their work edited by professional, or even just revise and edit. Then there the others that do their very best and hoped to be rewarded for it.
Melissa Luznicky Garrett is one of the latter group. Turning Point is a tour de force in characterization and from the opening line you feel for the main character, Jenna Lyons. The events in the book cover about four days and they are quite possibly the worst four days a human being can experience. Jenna goes from a high school graduating party that turns decidedly sour to being stranded in a small Missouri town where she is unwittingly pulled into a family situation that boggles the mind.
The short chapters keep the pace fast, and the reader is carried along a roller-coaster of emotion all the way until the very end. I’m an avid reader and have probably read more than a thousand books in my 29 years, but this is one of the very few that will stay with me. I can count on one hand my absolute favorite books, and this is a new one for the list.
I would recommend this book to anyone, teenager or adult, that thinks about how bad their life is. Reading Turning Point makes me realize that no matter how bad my life has seemed at times, it is nowhere near how bad somebody else has it, and that they would probably wish they had my life because it wasn’t theirs.
I give this book a 9.5/10.
Turning Point, by Melissa Luznicky Garrett, is available wherever good books are found.
Disclaimer: I won this book in a competition run by the author, but I would have been more than happy to pay for it. Her other books are on my wishlist.