Seventeen-year-old Callie Novak is on the cusp of changing her life as she warms up for the final heat in the Women's 1600-meter track and field competition. While she sets a new state record, her family's worst nightmare is just beginning. When tragedy strikes the Novak family, every listener will feel the pain of grief, the perils of drug abuse, the despair that leads to a shocking downward spiral, and the strength that is needed to overcome addiction.
©2016 Ashley Fontainne (P)2016 Ashley Fontainne
This audiobook touch such a serious topics, drugs and death. My heart ache for the characters and in one way or another will touch our personal lives
A reader of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and non-fiction Christian books. A reviewer for Audiobookboom.com
“Ruined Wings” by Ashley Fontainne, and narrated by Andrea Emmes, is a story of a young woman having an exceptionally normal life who has it all. A loving and caring family, a coach that cares for her success, and friends who look up and respect her. She is at the top of her running game. Callie is so good at her sport that she is given her choice of colleges to attend because of her athletic aptitude. What could be better or what could go wrong? Her life quickly spirals out of control when a tragic family event occurs. At this point, Callie’s life goes from what it had been to a life of drugs, addiction, and prostitution.
Let me start by saying that I often do not seek out this genre, but Ashley is able to craft a story that nearly anyone can enjoy. This book, like a few of her others (Fine as Frog Hair), was quite realistic in its portrayal of life. This book though shows the ravishing effects of a teenager whose life is out of control from the use of drugs. The book takes its reader on a rather dark and emotional rollercoaster ride. It contains some great emotional high points. However, I found there were often more low and even lower points expressed until we see Callie reach rock bottom where the ride stops. I felt for Callie, her family, and those around her because of what each had to go through because of the bad decisions she made. Ashley did a good job of bringing the characters and the story to life and keeping them real.
For me, as much as the book seemed realistic, I had a very different childhood growing up than what was expressed in this book; thankfully. The family seemed “normal” in the first half of the book, however once drugs were introduced it quickly became dysfunction and never seemed to fully heal from the many wounds. Because of my lack of experience with the subject matter, it was difficult for me to judge the author’s experiences or research of the material.
As for the book’s narration, Andrea Emmes did an exceptional job of telling the story. She has quite a few other titles under her belt, along with various genres and lengths; including a best seller on Audible. I, like many others, enjoy her voice and her ability to voice multiple characters. I believe she was a good fit for this book. The audio was professionally done, and I do not remember hearing any audio artifacts while listening.
Although the book is not categorized as young adult (YA), I would highly caution younger readers due to the book’s subject matter. Although it starts rather clean, the book quickly dives into the darker aspects from the use and effects of drugs. Vulgar language is frequently used along with conversations and acts involving sex are scattered between its pages. Because of its main storyline, the book also openly addresses drug addiction along with usage and all the baggage that comes from it. I would not recommend this book for young audiences; I do not believe the author has classified it as such either.
Disclaimer: I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.
17-Year old track star Callie Novak has been living a charmed life until reality comes crashing down when her twin brother Colton and her father are both killed in an auto accident. When it’s determined that Colton was the driver and under the influence of drugs, Callie goes in search of answers, but the answers just bring further heartbreak.
Soon Callie finds herself on the very same path that led to her brother’s death as she begins to self-medicate as a means to cope, this begins a devastating downward spiral that Callie is helpless to stop. Callie has to dig down deep to find the strength that her brother lacked to turn her life around.
This book is suitable older young adults because it deals with the gritty realities of drug addiction and contains violence, strong language, and sexual exploitation. Ashley Fontainne packs a lot of story into this relatively short, but well-written book. The audiobook is over 3 hours in length and the fully voiced, expressive narration by Andrea Emmes was perfectly suited for the age of the main character and the genre. The sound quality was clear throughout the production.
I look forward to seeing what’s in store for both this author and narrator! This audiobook was gifted to me exchange for an unbiased review!
Callie Novak's story may be based on a fictional character, but let me tell you, it is a true story. One that can, and has, touched too many families. Ashley Fontainne shows in this story just how easy addiction can hit a family and just how fast it can take someone who has everything going for them straight to rock bottom and ruin a life with so much potential. However, she also shows that with help and courage, someone suffering with addiction can overcome and move forward with life. That doesn't mean there aren't a lot of hurts and consequences, but there can be healing.
I recommend this book to anyone that suffers with addiction or has a loved one who suffers with addiction. It is a heartfelt story, for sure.
I listened to the audio and this is the first one that I have heard Andrea Emmes narrate. She does a fantastic job with the characters and the attitude of the characters. The narration is said with a lot of intention and at no time was I bored or drifted off. I loved the Arkansas accent of the characters, as well. Well done.
I am addicted to books. Nothing makes me happier than crawling inside a good book.
Such a promise of hope as a teenager loosing her reality as she knew it growing up to become and addict. This story really moved me, made me angry and sad. This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom
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