Friday, March 13, 2020

YA NOVEL - BLOG TOUR, GIVEAWAY & REVIEW - Poor Florida Cracker by Chelsea Falin

Poor Florida Cracker
by Chelsea Falin
Genre: YA Coming of Age

Sissy Collet and her siblings have grown up with neglectful parents, impoverished, and bullied by their small town. When they finally get their chance to break free, they take it - despite having the odds stacked against their favor. With nothing except a half-cooked scheme and an old beater, they set off without a set destination in the hopes they will finally be free of the baggage holding them back. Will Sissy get her happily ever after? Or will she never be anything more than a Poor Florida Cracker?

My Rating - 3 Stars!

I have mixed reactions to Chelsea Falin's Poor Florida Cracker.

This is a story of Sissy and her brother Jesse trying to save themselves and their younger siblings from a life of neglect. 

The author explores their neglected upbringing, as Sissy and Jesse are raising themselves and the twins, doing all they can to stay together and avoid CPS taking them away. Their parents are addicts who the kids try to avoid at all costs.

Sissy and Jesse are two characters who are impressively strong, survivers under the worst of circumstances. 

Told from alternating povs, the tone is sad throughout.The writing it good and the story flows well. Fully riveting for much of it, I was on edge throughout. There were some things I liked, and some I didn't though.
Basically, it's an impressive thing to survive the circumstances you have no control over. But, damn, some of the choices these two made for themselves really pissed me off.

Poor Florida Cracker is a decent young adult tale of survival. I was definitely fully invested, but I will be skipping the sequel when it comes out. 

Chelsea Falin is the 25 year old independent author of well over ten titles. She began writing with intents to publish in 2006, at age 16, and finally published in 2009, at age 19. Chelsea writes in a variety of genres, including but not limited to: romance, young adult, comedy, cooking, poetry, and dramatic fiction. Professionally, Chelsea is also a freelance blog/article writer, web designer, and book blogger.
In her personal life, Chelsea is the mother of a six year old daughter. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, fishing, hiking, biking, traveling, and spending time with her friends or family.

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