- Copertina flessibile: 271 pagine
- Editore: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (12 aprile 2011)
- Collana: Taken By Storm
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 1461088526
- ISBN-13: 978-1461088523
- Peso di spedizione: 435 g
Unbroken Connection (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 12 apr 2011
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Angela Morrison is the author of TAKEN BY STORM (Books 1-3) and SING ME TO SLEEP, a 2010 Goodreads Choice Nominee for YA Fiction. She graduated from Brigham Young University and holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She grew up in Eastern Washington on the wheat farm where Taken By Storm is set. After over a decade abroad in Canada, Switzerland and Singapore, she and her family are happily settled in Mesa, Arizona. Angela enjoys speaking to writers and readers of all ages about her craft. She has four children—mostly grown up—and the most remarkable grandson in the universe. Find out more at www.angela-morrison.com and follow her blog, http://caymansummer.blogspot.com.
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My parents raised me to avoid public conversations, especially with strangers, on two main topics: politics and religion. (Therefore, I am assuming that blogging about one of them probably wasn't what they had in mind.) However, I am about to go against their advice because today I am going to blog about RELIGION (Well sorta). (I'll save politics for ...well hopefully NEVER!)
Let me start by saying, I LOVED the Taken by Storm trilogy by Angela Morrison. I really wish I could recommend this trilogy for everyone, but I can't because not everyone is going to love it! I think a lot of people will really enjoy this series, but some people won't care for it because of the religious theme throughout the series.
The Taken by Storm series is built around Lessie, a Mormon who struggles with staying true to her religious beliefs. (I am not Mormon. In fact, before I read Taken by Storm my knowledge on the Mormon religion was basically nil.) A large part of the plot in this novel is about Lessie's faith, and a large part of who Lessie is is tied into her religion. However, Morrison shows us how much Lessie's faith is a part of her life without being "preachy". In my opinion, Lessie is a great protagonist. (In fact, she is one of my favs!)
After reading the Taken by Storm series, I developed a strong respect for Mormons who practice their faith because, from what you read in this book, they are very dedicated and have very high standards. Lessie doesn't drink, smoke, experiment with drugs, cuss, go to parties, lie to her parents, etc. In fact, she lives by a set of rules that are, in my opinion, admirable: Do not go into the house alone with a member of the opposite sex. Keep both feet on the floor. Never go into a guy's bedroom. No parking. No necking. No petting. No fornication. No tongue. Etc. She also attends church every Wednesday night, Sunday morning, and wakes up every morning before school for seminary- where her dad teaches her and her brother more about their religion. Morrison doesn't really go into details about what goes on at church or seminary. In fact, she only very briefly mentions that Lessie attends seminary every morning. What I am saying is: Morrison doesn't try to covert you over to the Mormon faith by writing scripture, she simply shows you how dedicated Lessie is to her faith.
Again, I am not Mormon. But I do have my own values and morals that I live by, and I can understand what it's like to have those values tested. In fact, when I was a teenager I lived by pushing my limits. I think no matter what your religion, or even if you don't have one, almost every young adult can relate to this novel (no, maybe not the religious aspect, but having faith in other people, pushing your limits, having your values tested, etc.)
This series is told through Lessie's poems, Michael's dive log (which is basically his journal) and IM chats. I appreciated how Morrison gave us her characters raw, uncensored feelings, especially Michaels. He doesn't immediately love Lessie, and it wouldn't have been realistic if he did. Also, she tells this story within a very realistic time frame, and we get to see Michael and Lessie's relationship develop, falter and progress. I really connected with Lessie and Michael and I think it was mainly because Morrison showed us their raw thoughts and feelings.
The Taken by Storm series made me feel such a wide array of emotions: sad, depressed, happy, ecstatic, frustrated, pissed, embarrassed, livid, hopeful, angry. AGH! At times I wanted to punch Michael in his face. A few pages later, I'd want to give him a hug. I'd want to shake Lessie and a second later I just wanted to cry for.
Angela Morrison - Thank you so much for introducing me to your characters and your beautifully written story.
My recommendation: read this series!!
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Though it had been some time since I read TAKEN BY STORN, Michael and Leesie's story was still fresh in my mind because the characters were so alive and their story amazing. It didn't take me long to get back into their continued story in UNBROKEN CONNECTION.
Like Angela's other books, which are well written fast paced stories with three-dimensional characters that you fall in love with, this book was no different.
In UNBROKEN CONNECTION, Michael is away in Thailand, living his dream as a diver. Leesie is at BYU living hers. Thought they had parted as friend, they soon find themselves back together. Their relationship grows deeper than ever and Michael decided to take it to a whole new level.
UNBROKEN CONNECTION will leave you loving Michael and aching for Leesie. I can't wait to receive my copy of the final book in the series, CAYMAN SUMMER, to see how things end up for Michael and Leesie.
Fans of Taken by Storm will be happy to see Michael and Leesie's romance continue in Unbroken Connection, and they'll be rooting for them at the start as the couple struggles to keep in contact despite the thousands of miles of distance between them. The very beginning does seem to be a bit bogged down by the constant declarations of love and the expression of worries for the future, and the interactions between Leesie and Michael and Leesie and her brother Phil do get a little sappy at times. But, the book really picks up when Michael and Leesie begin to really make steps toward compromise and realize that they still need to do some growing up if they want to make their relationship work. Religion plays a much larger role in Unbroken Connection than it did in the prequel, though it focuses more on the miracle and beauty of it than the theology. This one is heavy on the romance, and there are a few smaller subplots that aren't very well fleshed out, though Morrison throws in a twist toward the end that is shocking, heartbreaking, and will change everything for Leesie and Michael. Readers will want to have the third and final book, Cayman Summer, on hand by the time they finish this second book, and will most likely be wishing for a boyfriend as devoted, romantic, and generous as Michael.
Which is why when Razorbill rejected it's sequel, I started the Support Group on Facebook. Leesie and Michael's story had to be heard. Out loud. 'Cause no one does emotional storytelling and luminous prose like Angela Morrison. And no couple can complement that like Michael and Leesie.
If you haven't yet read Taken By Storm, this might get spoilerish. Be warned.
Also, if you haven't read it, what are you doing here? Read. It. Now.
Michael and Leesie are back. As opposed to their promises at the end of Taken By Storm, they can't stay without each other. Sufficing on just platonically loving each other over the internet, while separated by oceans, isn't working in their favour. 'Cause sometimes, love runs deep and it's more about needing than wanting. And this is what brings one of my favourite teen couples back together.
The narrative style employed in Unbroken Connection, is similar to it's prequel - dive log entries, Chapbook poems, chat logs make up the bulk of the book. And this quirky stylistic device is tackled with such cleverness that in spite of the narrative divisions, the story flows without jerks and breaks. It's awe-inspiring for any writer how Angela Morrison does it but she does it, the fantastic writer that she is. Her grace in handling religious issues is once again (as seen in Taken By Storm) highly commendable. Leesie may be a faithful Mormon but Michael presents a totally different perspective. What is remarkable is how Morrison presents both sides of the coin in an unbiased, honest manner. I think that's why, in spite of my differing views on religion and spirituality, I love Leesie and Michael's story so much. It never gets preachy. It's about two people in love, facing very realistic obstacles, like family, faith and religion -- and while the 'love conquers all' theme does run through, they have to deal with life first before that happens.
The character development in Unbroken Connection is realistic and remarkable. I loved, loved Michael here. The Michael from Taken By Storm who was experienced in all kinds of love, redeems himself through Leesie's love here, while by the end of Unbroken Connection, Leesie who'd always tried her best keeping things under control emerges battered and bruised from tragedy.
This is a deeply moving, poignant tale of young love and it's power to destroy, yet heal.