“Shattered: A Daughter’s Regret” by Melody Carlson was a good read…Cleo Neilson has always been pampered by her mother, but, instead of being grateful, she feels as if her mother is too involved in her life, especially now that she’s seventeen. And, to top everything off, Cleo’s best friend, Lola, is moving away, and Cleo wants to for them to have one night to themselves…without her mother tagging along as a chaperone.
On the last night that Lola’s in town, she and Cleo have tickets to a Christian concert in the city. However, instead of Cleo’s mother driving them to the concert like her mother wanted to do, Cleo decides to disobey her mother’s wishes and she and Lola take the bus into the city.
What happens next almost destroys Cleo because she finds that her mother realizes that the disobeyed her on the night of the concert. Because of this, her mother goes into the city to look for her and ends up getting murdered. Cleo goes through severe guilt because of this and even gets addicted to drugs in the process.
Ms. Carlson does a good job of conveying to her readers, especially teens, why it’s so important to obey your parents and the consequences that can occur if they don’t.
I give it 4 stars.
P.S. “Shattered: A Daughter’s Regret” was provided by Glass Road Public Relations in exchange for an honest review.