Book Review: Cornered by Brenda Maxfield

Cornered is not your typical YA book. Sure, there is romance and your typical teen issues, but Courtney is also not your typical teen. Her mom is sick with fibromyalgia , her dad is gone, her sister is rebelling and she's left to run the entire show on her own. Add to that the usual confusion for a teen just trying to find her way in the world and you've got a tale that will be tugging at your heart strings whether you're at the same point in your life as Courtney, have a daughter approaching that life stage, or just looking back at your own teenage years.

This story resonated with me particularly because as a teen I went through something similar--my dad was sick with something very similar to fibromyalgia and as a teen who was the oldest of the kids and remembered my dad as the strong, supporter of the family, I felt as if I had the weight of the world on my shoulder. Cornered brought me back to those days.

 
The writing is well-paced and drew me in, the characters were very real, the issues were nothing over the top and believable. All-in-all a solid story. The beginning was a little slow but once I got past the first couple pages I couldn't put it down.
 
I'm giving Cornered 4 out of 5 stars.
You can purchase Cornered HERE
Seventeen-year-old Courtney Phillips is striving to earn an internship to escape from her unhappy home. But when her mother becomes ill, Courtney is stuck caring for her rebellious sister, Tiffany, and her little brother—until Tiffany runs off to live with their dead-beat dad.

Track star Keegan Hank’s current girlfriend is cheating on him, but having fallen for him herself, Courtney is afraid to tell her best friend the truth. When Keegan discovers that Courtney withheld the facts about his girlfriend, he rejects her apologies.

Courtney finally lands an interview for her dream internship, but mysterious calls from Tiffany spell trouble. Courtney must now find a way to win Keegan’s love and rescue her sister without jeopardizing her own future.