Friday, 6 April 2012

Review: Growing Pains by K.P.Smith

Title: Growing Pains: Kendra's Diaries
Author: K.P.Smith
Author Info: Twitter|Facebook
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Publisher
Format: eBook
Purchase: amazon|Barnes & Noble

Tell Me About It
Growing Pains; Kendras Dairies is the first book in the series chronicling the journey of Kendra Foster from adolescence to adulthood.I aspire to encourage, entertain, and inspire young adults. Life has its ups and downs, its bumps and its bruises. But with perseverance, determination, and faith you can be all you were born to be.Never Give Up
[from goodreads]
Today I am taking part in the blog tour for Growing Pains:Kendra's Diaries and I am the third stop on this tour. Below is a list of the previous stops and ones to come.
April 4th Precious @ Fragments of Life
5th Heather @ Fire and Ice
6th My Stop
7th Victoria @ Always a Booklover
8th Michael @ Author Michael Allen (Guest Post)
9th Jo Ann @ Book Faerie
11th Sheila @ Sheila Deeth
13th Jennifer @ My Life With Books (Guest Post Only)
My Thoughts
The main protagonist is Kendra, who lives with her Mum, Dad and younger sister Patrice.  They are a small family that struggles to make ends meet which is often the cause of arguments in her household.  Kendra's best friend is Katrina and together they battle their way through school worrying about typical things, boys, high school, exams, and in Kendra's case upcoming cheer leading tryouts.  After Kendra's Mum takes a job her Dad disapproves of the arguments become worse and Kendra is finding it hard to try to carry on as normal.

Growing Pains has got to be one of the best books I have read that  really show how typical everyday problems that plenty of people worry about affects the family dynamics.  The stress and worry of having no money can put a strain on every relationship and this is shown in a truthful but not too hard hitting way.  We get to see how these problems affect children, Kendra, and how she tries to not only protect her sister from witnessing it, but also how she tries to cope herself when she has a lot of other worries going on that aren't plain to see.
K.P.Smith has wrote a book that is packed full of emotion with characters that are so believable and likeable that a lot of times during Growing Pains I wanted to take Kendra out of the situation and just hug her and tell her that it would all be OK, I also wanted to give her Dad a good shake and tell him to grow up.  Although Growing Pains is aimed at a younger age group than myself I still enjoyed reading it.  K.P. Smith has done a great job of getting into the mind of a teenager and it shows, not only in the writing but also the attitudes of the teenagers in the book.
I am looking forward to see what else the author has to offer and would defiantly consider reading more books by this author.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for being a part of this blog tour, I am really glad that you enjoyed it.


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