Monday, November 11, 2013

#BookReview: Disconnected by Jennifer Weiner

In just 38 pages, Jennifer Weiner manages to introduce readers to Shannon Will, a character they will either have sympathy for or despise immediately.  Shannon has been in rehab six times and she's just 28!  Every time she gets out, she swears she's going to get her life together and every time she fails.

This time, Shannon is determined, will be different.  Her parents still pay her monthly cell phone bill, so she can call home if she needs to, but they're too tired to do anything more for her.  With no money, Shannon is forced back to the abandoned apartment she was living in before rehab, but, thanks to her parents' generosity, she's able to get a new phone number so that her dealers and friends from her past life can't reach her.

Part of staying clean is cutting connections to people from her past and places she visited while she was high.  But strange things are happening.  Someone keeps texting Shannon information about a "party."  At first she disregards it, then a picture comes across her phone that spurs her to action.

Disconnected is a story of redemption.  The main characters realizes that she's made a mess of her privileged life.  Given all of the support, financially and emotionally, that anyone could ask for, she managed to screw it all up.  Now she's been given the chance to become a better person and save others from a similar fate.

I'm not sure if Weiner offers up this short to test the waters for a full length novel.  We've seen her do it before with Swim, which became The Next Best Thing.  Though I'd love to read more about the character Shannon, I'm just not sure how the story line could be fleshed out to create a complete book.  For now, I'm content with the short.

Published: October 2013
Disclaimer: Copy of book received from publisher, opinions are my own.

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