If you are looking for a spellbinding, emotionally charged book, then go pick up When Glass Shatters by J.P. Grider. I dare you not to cry. After the tragic death of her mother and new step father, Lorraine, or Rainy, is left to pick up the pieces for her siblings, even her step brother Noah who she has barely even met. Noah doesn’t seem to really care about the death of his father or step mom, he wasn’t around much anyway. Then he meets Lorraine and everything changes.
Watching how Lorraine immediately picks up the role of mother and confidant for her 12 year old siblings was admirable, from the first page of the book she was trying her best to supply them with the love, hope and care that they needed. Even though she barely knew how to make a box of mac and cheese, she gave it her all. While she was crumbling on the inside, she stood tall for her siblings and let them lean on her.
When Noah shows up at first it’s a little distant and awkward, he’s not sure of his role in this new found family, and Lorraine isn’t willing to let someone else take control. Eventually, the two older kids start to get closer and something resembling a family takes the awkward to new places.
From the very first page of this book you are pulled into this drama that is suddenly unfolding, and you can’t slip away. The characters are real, genuine, and you can feel their emotion leap from the page. I think it’s telling of a good writer when they can make you feel how their characters are feeling, and Grider is definitely wonderful at that. This book will make you think, and it will squeeze your heart like no other. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, and I received it from Books Unleashed in exchange for an honest review.