Convergence - book review

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Convergence was written by Trudie L. Hayes.  This book tour and giveaway were organized by iRead Book Tours.  I was provided with a copy in exchange for my honest book review.  All opinions are my own.

About the book:

It was the first day of school and anxieties were running high. For certai here was the excitement of moving up a grade, but there was also the dread of anything and everything that could go wrong. Not only were the possibilities endless, they were totally out of your control. Whether or not you were accepted rested squarely on the shoulders of the popular kids. Suppose you were too short or too tall; too smart or not smart enough; too rich or too poor; or just plain different?

These thoughts were fresh on the minds of Otis, Chandler and Marissa. Three pre-teens whose paths had never crossed, although they lived in the same town in Connecticut. Their backgrounds were so diverse they may as well have lived worlds apart. That was all about to change when on their way to school a series of bizarre events lump them together. Literally!

Join them on this unreal journey to alternate realities never before re­vealed. Go back in time to a parallel past, the All Agos. Coexist in a present experience that mirrors your own, the Ne’er Now. Finally and with greater understanding, manifest in a future of your creation, the Will Be Once.

Then you will have come closer to achieving it should.


My review:

I love the idea of these 3 VERY different "tweens" coming together.  Though they were different (rich and poor, black and white, girl and boy..... ) they were able to find similarities... and to help each other.  They found a connection.  Like a physical bond that drew them together.

I could picture Marissa being very much like my daughter Zoe.  It definitely drew me in to the story to think of how Zoe would react and deal with the fantastical world these kids suddenly found themselves in.  I found myself wondering if she would be able to work together with Chandler and Otis.

I loved the interactions between the kids.  Their observations of one another (especially in the very beginning) were interesting.  But... I have to say one of my favorite characters was actually Otis' grandmother.  There was just something special about her.  She was fun to imagine.

I have to say the writing style didn't keep my attention.  As good as the story was... or could have been... the writing just seemed a bit dull to me.  I want Zoe to read it to see what she thinks.  It could just be that I wanted more than a middle grades book really can offer.  It will be interesting to see how Zoe feels about the characters, the story, and the writing.

About the author:

Trudie L. Hayes’ personal story and family life influenced her mission to spread the core values of self-acceptance, self-esteem, and self-love to children and persons of all ages. An affiliation with physically and mentally disabled adults and children spanning many years is a major contributing factor. The caregiver role has been paramount throughout much of her life, even while furthering her education or working full-time in a corporate setting.

These experiences have given her a deep understanding of the trials and struggles associated with a compromised existence. As well as the inspiration and joy derived from living life to one's personal best.

It is through these myriad life experiences that Hayes began writing and registering several related trademarks. With a grander vision of promoting confidence and self-worth.

Born and raised in Connecticut, Hayes still calls the Nutmeg State home. The oldest of two children, she remains close to her siblings. When Hayes is not writing or managing her business, she dedicates her time to other creative outlets and artistic pursuits. Hayes has a deep appreciation and passion for music in its many forms; she enjoys writing song lyrics, performing, and has an affinity for Jazz.




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