Review Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee

I almost didn’t finish this book, but I’m so happy I stayed with it.

Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee
The cover is the reason I picked up the book.

 Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee

By Mary G. Thompson


Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Pages: 292

Another book without Acknowledgements – I’m not a fan of that.

Genre: YA, Mystery

First Person POV

Present Tense

My first thoughts with the writing were that the author was keeping me at arms’ length.  Here’s a few examples:

From pg. 71:

Jay doesn’t reply just keeps fiddling with the remote. I think that I should go back to my room and wait until Mom calls me for dinner but then Dad comes over and sits between us.

From pg. 81:

We see TV reporters following us with cameras, but they don’t come close. We pretend they’re not there.

From pg. 11:

The kitchen timer dings, and I let my hands fall to my lap, and I watch my mom take the macaroni and cheese out of the oven. She spoons it onto a plate for me and pours ketchup so that it makes a little round pool, and she knocks the salt and pepper shakers together as she sets them on the table. 

I take one bite, and my stomach untwists, and I take another bite and another, and pretty soon I’ve eaten almost the whole dish.

It works, but it’s really close to giving a play-by-play. That’s what  was shoving me away. It frustrated me to the point I almost didn’t finish it. BUT! Here’s what’s weird, at the end I had some feeling for the characters. Now this main character is bottled up and keeping her loved ones at a distance, so maybe that was the idea to make us feel like we were invading her space and then at the end everything becomes clear and suddenly we’re all close.  If that was the plan, I think I would have preferred a little more caring sooner, because I was *thisclose* to giving up.

This is a time I’m thrilled I didn’t give up because the different take was refreshing.

Your thoughts on the writing? Did it feel fine, did it feel too play-by-play, do you feel connected to the character?

NEXT WEEK: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

Lists I Love, Part One: The Ten Commandments

Ten Commandments
Ten Commandments

Lists I Love, Part One: The Ten Commandments

I’m a list lover so I figured “why not share some of my favorite lists of all time?” starting with the Ten Commandments.

A little background: I believe in God. I’m not some psycho religious fanatic like Carrie’s mother (Stephen King’s book, Carrie). I do try to live a decent Christian life. I’m not a regular church goer. I say prayers every night and sometimes during the day when I need encouragement or see or hear something tragic.

However, I have never read the whole Bible. That is something I’ve wanted to do and just never made it a priority. I’m happy to say, it’s a priority. I began reading the Bible from the beginning, who begat who and all, in February of this year (2016) and I’m currently on the book of 2 Samuel.

Before you read them I challenge you to remember all ten. I never read them all prior to reading the Bible from the beginning. I knew: #’s 5, 6, 7, 8, and 10. But all ten? Yeah, no, I didn’t know them all. Continue reading “Lists I Love, Part One: The Ten Commandments”

The Non-P.C. Talk About Lateness

53HWe all have those people in our life that run late, constantly, incessantly, annoyingly late. Like everyone, I struggle to call these people out. I don’t want to hurt their feelings.

Today, I’m laying out the problem with lateness. If it changes just one late person’s ways, I feel that’s an accomplishment. If it just gives those who wait on these people a moment of “Thank you!” then, again, I consider that an accomplishment. Continue reading “The Non-P.C. Talk About Lateness”

Just Go For It


I’ve struggled with blog posts over the years. I’ve tried to follow guidelines for building readers. I tried writing in a niche: writing about writing. Writing what I know – customer service, parenting (even though there’s no gauge that says any parent is doing it right). A few times I let random things pop in and just as quickly retreat because I feared stirring up waters. Continue reading “Just Go For It”

Mark Your Calendars

Coming Sept. 22, 2015


Yep, this is happening. I am proud to announce I have a piece (No One Listened) in the upcoming Chicken Soup for the Soul: Dreams and Premonitions.

I love these books, I’ve read them for many years. The stories have brought me to tears, made me smile, and produced uncontrollable laughter. Every story has provided a dose of comfort and faith.

I am honored to be a contributor in the latest edition releasing on September 22, 2015.