Book Review: Jem by Michelle Abbott

Three Stars


Good Story, average writing

The story begins with two childhood friends on vacation. When Devon finds out that Jem is being abused at home, he quickly makes her promise not to tell anyone. When she breaks her promise and tells her mother, she calls the Child Protective Service. However, before they can rescue Jem, his father moves them away and the two friends don’t see each other until many years later.

Devon is distrusting of men that have a tendency towards violence and Jem has grown up not knowing any other way. When they do run into each other as adults, one altercation between Jem and a stranger causes Devon to put up her barriers that Jem has to find a way around.

While the plot showed real promise, first person storytelling always presents a challenge, even when switching between the main characters. There were times when the story seemed to drag on and other times when certain things didn’t seem to make much sense, like when Devon didn’t ask him his name until almost the end of the book.

I enjoyed the book and wanted to root more for the characters, I just wish they had been written better. Even the bad guy was a bit over the top for me.


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