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February 07, 2012

Review: Outside the lines by Amy Hatvany

Outside the Lines
Outside the lines By Amy Hatvany
Ages 18+
Expected publication:
February 7th 2012
By Simon &  Schuster Adult Publishing Group
ARC received by :Netgalley
Author Website
When Eden was ten years old she found her father, David, bleeding out on the bathroom floor. The suicide attempt led to her parents’ divorce, and David all but vanished from Eden’s life. Since childhood, she has heard from him only rarely, just enough to know he’s been living on the streets and struggling with mental illness. But lately, there has been no word at all.
Now in her thirties, Eden decides to go look for her father, so she can forgive him at last, and finally move forward. When her search uncovers other painful truths—not only the secrets her mother has kept from her, but also the agonizing question of whether David, after all these years, even wants to be found—Eden is forced to decide just how far she’ll go in the name of love.

         My Thoughts: 

     I do not know where to begin, but this book had me crying so much throughout the whole story, that I lost count. I feel when a book can affect you in that kind of way, it means it was very well written and the author did her job as a novelist to capture her readers.  And by doing so, this book will be a great success. I read Hatvany's other book called "Best Kept Secret" (Click title for review) and it captivated me and brought me to tears as well. So when I saw her new title on Netgalley, I knew I had to read it. I guess you can say I like to cry. LOL. Now because of the impact of these two novels, I searched for her previous work and bought her first published book called "The language of sisters." This book looks like another tear jerker. I can't wait to read it.

      I was blessed to have both parents while growing up. But sadly many children in this world has to grow up in a single parent household. And that's what happened in this story. Eden had both of her parents up to the age of ten. But her father's mental status and instability has led to her parents' divorce. In this story Eden starts going through changes after the divorce that she carries with her throughout her adult life. And as a reader, the author has you going through every emotion along with Eden. You feel her pain, anger and sadness.

     The emptiness Eden feels in her heart is too much for her to endure on her own. So she's pretty lucky to have a great support system. One of them being her best friend named Georgia and I love her! She has spunk to tell you the truth and then sensitivity to know when to hear Eden out or let her be. The struggles Eden goes through will have you crying. Throughout the whole story, you'll find yourself rooting for her and crossing your fingers that everything works out to her advantage. "Outside the lines" was another win for Hatvany. If you're into tear jerkers then this is the story for you. A definite Good Choice for Reading.


  1. Oh wow this sounds really good. I grew up with only 1 parent so I can probably relate to this story. Wonderful review you make this sounds really emotional and deep! <3

    1. Giselle, this book made me cry so much! I absolutely loved it. Amy's a wonderful writer.

  2. This sounds like such a powerful book!

    1. Sandra it is, you go through every emotion with Eden. When she got angry, I did too. I wanted to yell at the person she was yelling at. So powerful.

  3. Thanks for this review. It does sound like a tear-jerker, but a really good one. Books like this are very powerful.

    1. It really is a tear jerker. I can't tell you how much both of her books made me cry.

  4. This definitely isn't for me. I read for escapism, I don't want to read something that makes me sad.

    1. Yeah I totally understand. I'm like that with books regarding cancer or autism. Those things are very close to my heart so I can't read them.

  5. This sounds really good, sad, but good. I am definitely going to have to check it out.

  6. I have to read this now. It sounds really good. Sad, but good. I like to read books like this occasionally. I can't read them all the time, but they are good from time-to-time.


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