Monday, 27 May 2013

Review: Traffic Jam by Melissa Groeling

Reviewer: Charlee 
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Fairies

Traffic Jam, by Melissa Groeling, is a heart-wrenching tale of a naive teenage girl, Val, making her way through the most difficult year of her life. Facing financial difficulty, her family are forced to move from their comfortable home to a small apartment in the city.

I found the book was a bit slow and hard to get into in the first 60 pages, but when the pace picked up, I couldn't put it down. Following Val and her sister, Sam, through their problems and fallouts, you can't help but relate when their lives are almost ripped apart. 

With Sam's life in danger and Val trying desperately to find out what's wrong with her sister, she struggles to save her from something so terrible that Val's life is threatened too. Helped by an unlikely source, can Val help Sam before it's too late? All in all, a lovely book. Although probably better suited to younger readers, I enjoyed it immensely.

When you’re caught in traffic, you’ve got nowhere to go…

Val Delton’s life is spiraling and there’s nothing she can do to stop it. Her dad lost his job, her mom works fourteen hour days to pay the bills and yet somehow there are high-end shopping bags and an iPod in her older sister’s room. Naturally, Val becomes suspicious but her sister’s lips are sealed. Then by accident, she uncovers a dark, dangerous secret hidden behind her sister’s bright smiles and cool indifference. Val has no idea how far and how deep the repercussions of her sister’s secret will reach but she’ll do whatever it takes to keep her family safe. Will she succeed before her sister’s secret destroys everyone she loves?

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