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This book was so much more than I thought it was going to be. I read it in a day. I just could not put it down and couldn’t let go of Briana. This book will tug on your heart strings. I found myself feeling many different emotions while reading.
Being a teenage mother is hard. You never know who is really a friend and who is just a friend for appearances. Briana has to fight very hard to keep her child. She is determined to keep her baby and still have a good life.
Matt and Briana have been best friends since childhood. Some say they are more than just friends. They have a bond like no other. Is he there for Briana when she needs a friend the most? Or is one of the many that turn his back on her too?
There is so much I want to say about this book but it would be a spoiler. This is definitely a good selection for a book club so you can discuss all the different dynamics of it with others.
DISCLAIMER: Though this is a YA novel, it still contains violence, language, and other situations some may not be comfortable with.
Lean on Me by Candy Crum
When sixteen year old Briana Grace discovers that she’s pregnant after only having sex one time with her emotionally and physically abusive boyfriend, Mike Rhodes, her life begins to twist and turn upside down. She discovers who truly loves her and who she can really trust.
Her boyfriend turns on her and nearly kills her when she won’t agree to an abortion. Bri has to fight for her life and that of her little girl. She struggles to learn how to turn her life around and rise above all the bad after the world turns against her when more and more people learn of her pregnancy.
No matter what, there’s one friend that she can count on through thick and thin. He has been her best friend since childhood and they’ve never seen anything more from their friendship… Until now. She must learn to trust her heart again so she can see the bright future with the one who’s been there all along.
Candy Crum lives in Indiana and is the Author of “The Eternal Series” and other short stories. She published her first novel, The Eternal Gift, in May of 2011 and has been publishing ever since. Candy is an avid lover of the paranormal genre, stemming from years of reading the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice when she was a teenager. Later, she developed a deep love of the Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead and the House of Night Series by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast, furthering her love of the genre and pushing her to really push to finish and publish her novel.
Since then, Candy has released three other books in The Eternal Series and will release another later in 2014. Now, Candy is trying her hand at more contemporary pieces of work, like that of Lean on Me and other books she will release in 2014.
Some of Candy’s interests include the usual reading and writing, music (of most types), movies (action and comedy or any combination of the two), cartoons (she loves to say that her children watch cartoons because she does), and drawing. She loves talking with her fans and loves reading the reviews that her fans are kind enough to leave for her. Always feel free to find Candy on Facebook and send her a message!