What’s it like to be so tethered? To be so wrapped in your parent’s strings that there is no free will? Isn’t the job of a parent to raise their child so they can grow into independent successful adults? I know it’s not to make them into marionettes.
Shouldn’t they offer advice and allow the child to try and fail or try and succeed, then offer further suggestions…allowing them to learn problem solving and the disappointment of failure and the sweet glory of success? But Perry is not allowed those freedoms. Her decisions are made for her and when she does attempt an independent choice, she is met with verbal degradation, “you are ruining your life” and “you’re so stupid”.
#Tethered (Book 1 of J+P series) follows Perry as she starts her first year at college. Her first year away from the always watchful eyes of her parents. Away from their abuse.
Perry has not had much opportunity to compare her upbringing to others, she just knows she feels trapped at home…caged…tethered.
Her new friends have had very different home lives from her. They call their parents when they are worried so they can get guidance on their decisions. They call them to share the start of a new relationship. But Perry knows better and would never do this. Each new thing she shares with her parents is an opportunity to tie a new string. Will college be the beginning of her new freedom or will her parents continue to find ways to tether her?
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YA Fiction, dealing with relationships, emotional abuse, cutting, and finding true love. Perry is back for her sophomore year, anxious to bask in the freedom and independence that college brings. All summer she anticipated being reunited with her friends who have been a huge support system in her life. But this might be her last year.
Perry’s tyrant parents threaten to remove her from school if she does not excel. She has to achieve high grades and be accepted into the highly competitive junior year Life Science classes in order to stay. She can’t imagine leaving this school or her friends – so failing is not an option.
Her plan is to keep her head down and not be distracted by the opposite sex. But will obstacles get in the way of her success? Will she be able to ignore her hormones and the guys on campus? Is she smart enough and studious enough to make the grade?
I needed the pain inside to go away. I needed to be embraced in love. Was I so undeserving of that? I must be an awful person to not be worthy of love. I wondered if my lack of relationships with the opposite sex was because I had been taught that I don’t deserve love. I took some deep breaths and splashed some cold water on my face.
Trusting Strangers follows a 7 year old girl and her family as then travel from their hometown in a Chicago suburb to the lush Smoky Mountains. It’s their first vacation, but it will be their most memorable one. As their vacation is coming to an end, an unexpected life-changing event leaves them stranded in the tourist town of Gatlinburg, with no money to extended their stay. The family find themselves having to trust in strangers.
This biographical tale is a part of my childhood that has introduced some amazing characters into my life. When I retell the story to people they remark “how incredible!”, “you have got to write that story down!”, and “you just don’t hear about this kind of event these days!”.