Jan 15

5 Drops Review: Dismantling Evan by Venessa Kimball

Title: Dismantling Evan 
Author: Venessa Kimball
Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: January 11th, 2015
Length: 363 pages / 969 KB
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Life is unstable…

…What will be the trigger to dismantle it?

When high school senior Evangeline "Evan" Phillips moves half way across the country with her parents to a quaint town in Texas, it should be a chance to start over.

It should be.

Typical of Evan, she doesn’t share her parents’ optimism. Always the loner, she is prepared to hide behind work at the school newspaper until graduation. That is the seemingly bulletproof plan until she meets her new neighbors, Gavin and Brody Ferguson. The more Evan gets to know her neighbors, their band of friends, and frenemies, the more unsettling her new high school and community gets in Braxton Springs, Texas.

As Evan unwittingly digs deeper into the lives of those around her, her own skeletons begin to surface leaving her vulnerable and scrambling to keep her own sanity and reputation. Will Evan be able to get control over her spiraling secrets while discovering friendship and love for the first time?

Or will the issues and pressures of life as a band of not-so-average teens in a very typical high school become too much, resulting in the tragic dismantlement of an entire community and Evan herself?

Dismantling Evan is a fresh and edgy work of literary fiction that snapshots how life as a teen in modern society can be unstable and the social issues and pressures revolving around them can tip the fleeting stability of society over the edge.

I’ve debated how to review Dismantling Evan as it’s a wonderful, poignant story of coming of age in today’s society and dealing with some tough topics. I normally include a basic overview of the story, but I think that would be a disservice in this case. Trust me, you don’t want spoilers, you want to read (devour) this story.

Having said all that, lol, Dismantling Evan isn’t your typical YA story. Its depths are stunning, as is the writing. The topics of bullying and mental illness, while common, were dealt with in such a way that I not only loved the story (and the characters–not always the same thing) but was drawn in and wound up staying up to 3am!

As for the ending… It’s a must read! If you’re bullied, if you’ve someone close to that is, or just love reading great stories, grab your coffee and read now!

   

Having always been passionate about the written word, Venessa Kimball embarked on writing what would become her debut novel, Piercing
the Fold: Book 1; a young adult/ adult crossover, paranormal, science fiction, dystopian series. July 2, 2012, Venessa Kimball independently published the first book in the Piercing the Fold series. Book 2, Surfacing the Rim, released March 14, 2013.

In August of 2013, Venessa joined the publishing house, Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly. The Piercing the Fold series has been re-published with CHBB beginning with Piercing the Fold: Book 1 on September 3, 2013. Surfacing the Rim: Book 2 re-published on September 24, 2013 and Ascending the Veil: Book 3 released November 2013. The fourth book in the series, Transcending the Legacy: Book 4 released May 13, 2014. Kimball’s compelling teen contemporary fiction novel, Dismantling Evan, released January 13, 2015.

As for the future, Venessa is already filling her Work-In-Progress folder. When Venessa is not writing, she is keeping active with her husband and three children; chauffeuring said children to extracurricular activities, catching a movie with her hubby, and staying up way too late reading.

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