3 out of 4 stars
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Life was good for Jonathan, being an outstanding quarterback in high school with a gorgeous girlfriend; he had also received a full scholarship to play football in college. After leading his team to a Texas state football championship, things suddenly went horribly wrong. After answering a text while driving, he had a terrible car accident, resulting in him losing his legs and his little sister forfeiting her life. His father, blaming Jonathan for his sister’s death, avoids him and seems to loathe him, and his girlfriend leaves him. Jonathan is terribly depressed and thinks there is nothing to live for. Then, he meets Samantha, a college student who was hired by his mother to be his personal assistant. Can she draw him out of his shell and convince him his life still has a purpose?
2612 Cherryhill Lane by Glenn Vo is a romance novel written from the third-person point of view. The author’s descriptive writing style is easy to understand, and the story flows smoothly in a linear-time fashion. The importance of family and friends, forgiveness, and atonement are all themes skillfully addressed in the book.
Poignantly demonstrated, the primary message in the book is that texting and driving can alter a person’s entire life. I think this is a pressing issue, especially in this age of easily accessed cell phones, and I commend the author for bringing attention to it. As such, I think it is my favorite aspect of the novel. This would be an excellent book for teenagers to read to remind them of the dangers of texting and driving.
Faith in God represents a chief aspect of the book. There are several Bible verses interwoven into the story. Non-Christians might not appreciate this as much as Christians would; although, there is nothing derogatory about other religions.
However, not everything was great. I wanted a little less “telling” in the story and a little more “showing.” Plus, things were sometimes repetitive and could have been written more concisely. An example is, “. . . Jonathan asked Samantha how she felt about going home for Thanksgiving break . . . ‘How do you feel about going back home?’ ” There was no need for the first sentence since he was reiterating it in the question. This was my least favorite part of the book.
I encountered several grammatical and punctuation errors in the story, mostly in the form of missing commas. Although these were not distracting or numerous, too many were seen to achieve a perfect score. It could use another round of editing.
After careful consideration, 2612 Cherryhill Lane achieves a rating of three out of four stars. One star was taken away because of the issues above. I felt it was too good for a rating of two.
No sex was discovered in the story other than kissing, and there were no profanities. As mentioned above, this would be an excellent book for teenagers (and, for that matter, adults) to read to caution against texting and driving. Romance lovers and readers who enjoy books about faith would also appreciate it.
2612 Cherryhill Lane
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