To My Hero: A Blog Of Our Journey Together
Author: Danielle Sibarium
Published By: KFR Communications
Date: April 2013
Genre: New Adult
It would’ve been different if I had courage, even an ounce of it. But I was a coward from the day I met you, Ryan Crowley. I still am. In the end it doesn’t matter. The bottom line is the same. It’s my fault.
When the unthinkable happens Carly Cavanough is left beaten, betrayed, and devastated. Her best friend doesn’t understand. Her parents won’t listen. Everyone in her life turns against her. She’s alone. Completely alone, except for Ryan Crowley, the boy she’s been crushing on for years. She won’t admit to him what she can’t admit to herself. But he understands without words. He knows more about what she’s going through than she can possibly imagine and he knows what it will take to start the healing.
With Ryan’s help Carly begins to piece together the fragments of her once perfect life and embarks on a journey of love and healing, just long enough for the rug to be pulled out from under her again. Can she find the strength and will to pull herself together to save Ryan and herself when their lives are on the line?
When I first started on page one I was completely blown away. Danielle Has Done It Again!!! When I read books by the same author often the stories tend to all fade into one story, but for me Danielle really knows how to change it up. This is the first book I've ever read this way. I get the feeling that the main character "Carly" is reading us her story like its right out of her journal.
Danielle has mastered what all writers strive for...(in my opinion) being able to relate to the main character. There's nothing like reading a book and feeling like a part of that character is indeed yourself. Being able to relate to the MC (Main Character) is something that is a hit or miss for many books and when an author can do that they have the book in the bag. The feelings I got from Carly were so genuine and real to me. I've read so many other reviews for this book and they all seem to speak the same way...we've all felt something from the words written across the page. Danielle's words are magic on my screen. If someone was to ask me why I read I would put this book right in front of their face and ask them if they could turn away after chapter 1.
It hits home to a lot of things young adults deal with everyday. Insecurities, denial, anger, depression, hopelessness and so much more. As a young adult with a not so perfect home structure growing up I can identify with Carly and became attached to her story. When she cried I cried. It was a emotional rollercoaster for me as a reader, and something I will strive to reach for as a writer.
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars and I believe it deserves so much more. I have been trying to write this blog post for ever it seems like and no matter what I change or add it never seems to do this book justice.
My advice is to grab this book and just try to read it. I understand some people may not like it but it is never a mistake to try something new. I know its a totally different style of writing but it is so worth it. You will not regret it :) As I like to do I have added a video I feel fits the book.
Danielle Sibarium grew up as an only child of divorced parents in Brooklyn, New York. Her imagination was developed at an early age. Surrounded by stuffed animals and imaginary friends, she transported herself into a fantasy world full of magic and wonder. Books were the gateway between her play world and reality. On any given summer afternoon she became Snow White sweeping and cooking for the dwarfs, or Cinderella waiting for the prince.
Danielle always loved dialogue and in elementary school began writing plays and short stories. This is when she began to understand she could not only bring her fantastical world to life for herself, but she could enchant others as well. And so she wrote. She wrote and wrote and wrote.
Sadly the first piece she ever sent out for publication of any sort was a letter to the editor of The Home News Tribune. It was a piece thanking the first responders for their bravery and selflessness on Sept 11th. It was chosen as letter of the week.
In 2007 Danielle collaborated with Charlotte Doreen Small to write songs for her CD More. Danielle wrote the lyrics for Take My Hand, and Goodbye, while Charlotte contributed the melody.
In October 2011 Danielle’s debut novel For Always was released. She Has since released Heart Waves and the second book in the Heart Waves series, Breaking Waves.
Danielle graduated from Farleigh Dickinson University with honors, and currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and three children.