Charlie's Pond PDF å Kindle Edition

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Charlie's Pond ➸ [Read] ➳ Charlie's Pond By C.L. Heckman ➽ – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Inspired by a true storyChilling tale of sibling abuse and domestic violence It will leave you speechless, cheering, and reaching for the tissues painfully real, adroitly crafted and written in a flow Inspired by a true storyChilling tale of sibling abuse and domestic violence It will leave you speechless, cheering, and reaching for the tissues painfully real, adroitly crafted and written in a flowing narrative that makes you feel every blow Author Jim Goforth CL Heckman does an admirable job with a dark and touchy subject that takes place in families than we want to know Author JK Accinni Knowing that Sam existed on some level in real life, helped me form a connection to her Author Hunter S Jones Samantha Mallon, a typical young girl from the country, is growing up in a less than normal home The one person she used to confide in, her brother, Charlie, has now become her biggest fear As the tempers in her family flare, Sam must tread lightly, or suffer the consequencesA black eye, broken nose, and bruised ego are finally enough to convince her to break away from the life that the Mallons have molded for her Stepping out of her shy demeanor for just a moment, she sparks up a new friendship with a girl at school, and begins to enjoy being a teenager Carefree and outgoing Jill introduces Sam into the world of teenage spirit including the always good girl, the unattainable bad boy and the ugly jealous frienemy Sweating from nerves and shaking in her own insecurities, Sam manages to spark the interest of Jake, a regular teenage heartthrob, who just may teach her the meaning of love an emotion absent from her house growing up However, a drunken party and a physical altercation turn Sam s world completely upside down, and begin a string of violence that starts to destroy the positive life she has tried to build When Sam is an innocent bystander to Charlie s horrific display of rage on a less than friendly face, she remains conflicted Will she stand up against the man she once looked up to, her brother, her childhood best friend, or will she keep the secret safe behind closed lips, forever trapped by fear.


10 thoughts on “Charlie's Pond

  1. Olly Olly says:

    What the fuck.This book is the worst book I have ever read Li ter al ly.I find myself in the end, questioning the sanity of the people authoring the reviews that convinced me to buy it in the first place Please, listen to the voice of reason here and read this entire review Let me list each and every thing that made this book a complete waste of my time I will do you a favor and not make the dick move of not warning you that it will spoil likely everything in the book, and I will hide it in What the fuck.This book is the worst book I have ever read Li ter al ly.I find myself in the end, questioning the sanity of the people authoring the reviews that convinced me to buy it in the first place Please, listen to the voice of reason here and read this entire review Let me list each and every thing that made this book a complete waste of my time I will do you a favor and not make the dick move of not warning you that it will spoil likely everything in the book, and I will hide it in a spoiler link but for the love of all that is right in the world, view the fucking spoiler and SAVE YOUR GODDAMN MONEY view spoiler 1 The entire first 30% of the book is backstory and setup Not one other character comes into play until this point It s just Sam, Charlie, and their fucking mother.2 There is zero character development There is nothing personal to any character Ever No quirks No separate interests No nothing Nothing that makes you see a spirit getting beaten down Nothing that connects you to anyone 3 The blurb is so unbelievably misleading First off, Jill turns out to be such a bitch who only approaches Sam because she s pretty and totally forgets she exists the next minute She says she doesn t like her cousin Bailey because she smells weird Really Grow up Also, this is in no way a love story or romance Jake is a fucking idiot First he asks her to go steady with her Like literally uses those words Then he tells her he loves her and makes her love him Then she says she s ready to have sex with him, then backs out I m not saying that s wrong If you re ready, you re ready If you re not, fuck anyone that disputes that But he walks away from her, ditches her at a party, doesn t speak to her for a week, then sleeps with the girl she hates most 4 To add to that, the fucking idiot that Sam is, sits in court ready to testify against her brother and sees Jake in the back of the room She says in that moment that she still loves him and even though he cheated on her, she still trusts him and somehow this gives her the strength she needed to testify against her brother Then when the trial is over, she fucking runs to Jake and lets him comfort her This whole book is apparently about her becoming her own person and finding her strength but she goes from one kind of abuse right along to another But it doesn t even matter because THEY DO NOT END UP TOGETHER IN THE END 5 She never describes the betrayal or hurt that she feels from her brother beating her for most of her life All we see is it happens, she hides, he leaves, then it s another day No emotion behind it at all She even fucking rolls her eyes at her mother after she hits her in the face As if she just casually and benignly insulted her instead of physically abusing her child It almost seems like Sam is, for most of the book anyway, totally comfortable in her environment Like she couldn t care less 6 It is never explained as to the change that occurred in her family to cause it to go from happy as a child, to completely and relentlessly abusive She says that as a child, she had a perfect life, then one day her mother and brother start beating the shit out of her with zero remorse and the dad is totally comfortable being absent or just watching it happen It is never explained as to the catalyst for this change, the father s complacence, or the mother s preference for Charlie over Sam.7 Sam says how she s scared of Charlie but trusts him to protect her I just don t get that It makes no fucking sense 8 No contractions The writing itself was horrible and so unrealistic People, teenagers especially, do not fucking talk the way these kids do It s ridiculous This writer has no concept of common interaction 9 Sam is abused most of her life but she s never forced to live under a fucking rock She reads, she interacts with people, she goes to school, she watches TV How the fuck can she end up so clueless as to think that any girl with brothers is automatically getting abused by them That whole scene at Jill s house when she first goes over there is ridiculous and I didn t buy it for a second Her older brother comes in and Sam jumps in the way of him to protect Sam and then is puzzled as all hell when Jill doesn t thank her for saving her She literally can t comprehend that the abuse in her life is not commonplace Most kids that don t speak up don t because they are scared or they think they deserve it This girl is literally so blind that she can t see that what s happening is wrong She thinks this happens in every family It s so far fetched and unreal 10 So many things go unexplained Or,accurately, unresolved This encompasses several things, including everything previously mentioned Entire relationships just end and start without any resolution or pretense respectively 11 Descriptors were inconsistent Sam apparently has a really attractive and curvy body that fits someone who works out and takes care of herself but Sam is basically sedentary She doesn t do any sports and she doesn t work out and she eats like fucking crazy yet somehow she comes out with this crazy hot body and on top of it all, she s completely unaware of her apparent beauty which is supposed to make her endearing Not so much She also is described several times as being nothan 100 pounds, both in 7th grade and as a high school senior, which, again, does not match her lifestyle or reality Her body keeps changing to fit the situation When there s danger she s meek, fragile, and unhealthily skinny but when Jake s around or a guy is trying to flirt with her she s curvy and hot And Charlie is supposed to only be two years older than her but when she s in 7th grade which would put him at around 15 years old he s this towering figure that s ripped and a foot taller than her which, again, makes no sense 12 I don t exactly feel sorry for Sam further because she seems a little crazy herself, maybe even slightly sociopathic For example, when she s a teenager, a girl at school breaks her nose by shoving her to the floor The teacher the next day goes out of her way to make the girl nervous in class because she sympathizes with Sam Sam sees this and thinks to herself, That s right Squeal, piggy Squeal I m like, I get it I would wish someone would get a dose of karma too if they did that to me but saying it like that soundssadistic than wounded 13 Then there is the fact that there is apparently no time throughout Sam s life that an adult gets involved She shows up to school with bloody noses, bruises, cuts on her face, etc and apparently goes unnoticed That s bullshit Somewhere down the line someone would get involved No family with that level of abuse would just casually fly under the radar for nearly two decades 14 The beatings Sam sustains are bullshit The actual occurrences describe her as literally getting the shit beaten out of her Then she wakes up and only has minor injuries The scene where she leaves home, for example Her mother literally punches her face in repeatedly for minutes on end Not only does her father sit in the doorway and watch this doing nothing, which makes no fucking sense, but when she finally comes to in the morning, she has nothingthan a fat lip and some bruised ribs Again Bullshit 15 On the whole, there was almost zero characterization, no scene development, no relationship development It was all so incrediblyshallow Not in a superficial way, butliterally This entire book scratched the surface OF the surface, that s how little there was to it, and that s including the whole story, along with the first 30% Nothing was ever described Nothing ever put me in the story with the characters.16 Sam is about to kill herself and a knock on the door snaps her out of it I could have seen her sitting there, contemplating suicide, but actively about to go through with it and all it takes is a knock on the door Again BULLSHIT Another sensitive subject treated flippantly and done zero justice.17 Sam just up and gets a job as a bartender one day Seriously This girl not only has no experience working in a restaurant OR a bar, but she has no work experience PERIOD And I have a fair few friends who are bartenders and that is not as easy a job to get as one might think No employer in their right mind would employ a clearly clueless kid with no work experience to handle expensive alcohol Not to mention the fact that she s underage and that shit just would not happen.18 So Sam testifies against Charlie and as they re taking him away, he looks back at her and gives sad smile and mouths that he s sorry Then he s released due to overcrowding and first chance he gets, he chokes her to the point of losing consciousness What the fuck I don t understand that And it s never described that it s a mind game or anything It literally just makes zero sense Things like this happened on almost every page When Sam goes to visit Charlie in jail in the end, there is another couple there A woman has a baby in her arms and she s glaring at the man walking to the table He asks if it s his little angel and then she says yes but says it as she s crying There is no transition here It literally sounds like, as it s described, she s glaring one second and crying the next No, then she broke down and started crying No She s glaring Then she s crying, as if the author forgot that she had the woman glaring one sentence prior Just another example of the horrible writing on almost every page.19 There is never any confrontation between Sam and her family for their neglect and abuse Even though Charlie ends up in jail, it still is written in a way that they got away with it completely Then, in the last paragraph, I do not even know what the fuck happened She s caught up in her grief and says she doesn t see the headlights swerving toward her Then it s over There is no indication that she got hit but also none that she didn t get hit either I just hope to all that is holy that it doesn t mean there will be a second book I know I would never read it but just knowing others will spend their money is enough to make me want to rip my hair out because this is some of the worst writing I have ever seen hide spoiler This book was a lame attempt at a grave subject matter which frankly pisses me off This author exploited a terrible situation and she didn t even seem like she tried to write a good story That s the one problem with self published authors Put in a few good reviews and a compelling blurb, and it all becomes about the money All in all, I won t read this again In fact, I m sorry I read it at all It read like something that could be picked apart by a fiction workshop and thrown out I m so tired of uninvested writing that I can literally feel the lack of effort put into it


  2. J. Schlenker J. Schlenker says:

    This book punches you in the heart right from the start Punch is a trite pun considering the book is about growing up in an abusive family It comes at you in a straight forward, no nonsense manner and is written that way throughout from the point of a teenage girl Still your eyes will water or maybe you will outright cry Written from Sam s, short for Samantha point of view she relates her relationship with her mother and her brother from her first memories She clings as best she can to the This book punches you in the heart right from the start Punch is a trite pun considering the book is about growing up in an abusive family It comes at you in a straight forward, no nonsense manner and is written that way throughout from the point of a teenage girl Still your eyes will water or maybe you will outright cry Written from Sam s, short for Samantha point of view she relates her relationship with her mother and her brother from her first memories She clings as best she can to the good one, one she had with her brother Charlie at a pond Her relationship has ups and downs, mostly downs The ups bordered just enough on a normal family to keep the family intact and still non functioning until the downs finally overtook the ups to bring it all out to the surface It is from this point Sam has to make the decision of which road to take, the same one, or a new one The father, yes there was one, was literally silent in the book The father s story could be another book I m sure there is some deep psychologically reason for both his actions and his non action.This is one of those books that you won t soon forget


  3. Jan Raymond Jan Raymond says:

    This is Samantha s story It is moving, gripping and horrifying What do you do when you grow up in a dysfunctional family and don t know anything different C.L Heckman has brought Sam alive and whether you had a family that was like hers or not, you relate to her pain, because somewhere, at some point in your life, you have felt some of the pain The agonizing part is that underneath all the anger and pain, she still loves her family and just wants to be loved back She wants that moment by C This is Samantha s story It is moving, gripping and horrifying What do you do when you grow up in a dysfunctional family and don t know anything different C.L Heckman has brought Sam alive and whether you had a family that was like hers or not, you relate to her pain, because somewhere, at some point in your life, you have felt some of the pain The agonizing part is that underneath all the anger and pain, she still loves her family and just wants to be loved back She wants that moment by Charlie s Pond again.Right through the book, every time she sees the good in Charlie, you hope that this is it This is when Charlie changes, and this is when it all gets better The character of Sam and her feelings have been written with such insight that you feel her You want to reach out and hug her and give her the strength to say Stop And walk away An amazing book, Chris and an incredible experience I thank you


  4. Jana Petken Jana Petken says:

    Sam and Charlie, Charlie and Sam A complex, sad, nice, sad and abusive relationship, which still manages to inflict pity and hope that there can be a happy resolution.This author is a very gifted storyteller who captivated me right from the start with a personal, well developed, and descriptive writing style that left me in no doubt how Sam felt on every page Her abusive brother and unlikeable mother to her friendships at school were filled with detailed feelings, thoughts, and heartfelt emoti Sam and Charlie, Charlie and Sam A complex, sad, nice, sad and abusive relationship, which still manages to inflict pity and hope that there can be a happy resolution.This author is a very gifted storyteller who captivated me right from the start with a personal, well developed, and descriptive writing style that left me in no doubt how Sam felt on every page Her abusive brother and unlikeable mother to her friendships at school were filled with detailed feelings, thoughts, and heartfelt emotions dictated by Sam herself, and because of the honesty of the story,courage of the protagonist who allowed us into her complex world, I am giving this book and author 5 I loved Sam s picture perfect musings throughout, even down to the tiniest details This is another reason why it gets top marks and why I ll be following this author in the future.


  5. Christoph Fischer Christoph Fischer says:

    Charlie s Pond by C.L Heckman is a powerful and impressive novel about a young woman whose life is ruled by fear and guilt Samantha looks up to her brother and can t imagine a life without him, while feeling continuously put down by her mother, and feeling like an outsider at school.Then, one day, things between them turn for the worse.Heckman is very good at describing the fear and anxiety that Samantha suffers from, it was heart breaking but also eye opening how deep such emotional scars c Charlie s Pond by C.L Heckman is a powerful and impressive novel about a young woman whose life is ruled by fear and guilt Samantha looks up to her brother and can t imagine a life without him, while feeling continuously put down by her mother, and feeling like an outsider at school.Then, one day, things between them turn for the worse.Heckman is very good at describing the fear and anxiety that Samantha suffers from, it was heart breaking but also eye opening how deep such emotional scars can run It was disturbing to see her relationship to her older brother, Charlie, deteriorate and to live with Samantha through this new suffering.Fear, abuse and such emotional pain should not be part of our experience when we grow up It hits Samantha especially hard in this book, as it comes at a time when she just opens her wings to fly When Charlie gets into trouble with the police Samantha has also a moral dilemma to work out and decide what she will do with her life.A great coming of age story, dramatic and powerful, that will stay with you for some time A great read


  6. Brenda Perlin Brenda Perlin says:

    Charlie s Pond moved me and grabbed hold from the very start This wonderful story is well written and done in a heartfelt way There was so much realness to this character, Samantha and her tale of abuse The guilt this young girl feels is like a cancer spreading and reels you in.I found it to be very emotional and enthralling at the same time I wanted to know when or if the destruction would ever end This was a fast read that I gobbled up in one sitting I loved the authors natural writing s Charlie s Pond moved me and grabbed hold from the very start This wonderful story is well written and done in a heartfelt way There was so much realness to this character, Samantha and her tale of abuse The guilt this young girl feels is like a cancer spreading and reels you in.I found it to be very emotional and enthralling at the same time I wanted to know when or if the destruction would ever end This was a fast read that I gobbled up in one sitting I loved the authors natural writing style This is a story of inspiration and survival that pulls on your heartstrings I was hoping for a happy ending and got caught up in dramatic storyline.I would highly recommend Charley s Pond and I look forward to readingbooks by this author Pink unicorns from Jill s little sisters nightlight illuminate the ceiling as I think about the way my family gets along and how different it is from Jill s The crickets play their music through the screen as the fan circulates the cool October air throughout the room My eyes beg for sleep, but my mind is churning too fast to allow it


  7. Joey Paul Joey Paul says:

    Charlie s Pond is a heart wrenching tale about a young girl who is faced with abuse from her family While it never goes into much detail about the reasons for the abuse, it is a unique tale of a girl called Sam, who struggles to move on with her life with her brother and mother abusing her physically Sam is beautifully portrayed as a young girl who knows no different, into a young adult who make excuses and allowances for her brother s temper.When she finally manages to get away from the abuse Charlie s Pond is a heart wrenching tale about a young girl who is faced with abuse from her family While it never goes into much detail about the reasons for the abuse, it is a unique tale of a girl called Sam, who struggles to move on with her life with her brother and mother abusing her physically Sam is beautifully portrayed as a young girl who knows no different, into a young adult who make excuses and allowances for her brother s temper.When she finally manages to get away from the abuse, she has to learn to move past what her brother had done to her and allow herself to grow into the beautiful young woman she has become It is a tale of betrayal, of friendships lost and created and of first love A page turner that makes you want to finish the whole story in one go Highly recommended to those who will enjoy this kind of book


  8. Eric Michael Eric Michael says:

    Charlie s Pond was a well crafted look into the life of an abused young woman The author does a very good job making you feel like you know the main character Sam The tone of the book and the dialog were intentionally written so that readers could better identify with Samantha s state of mind and feelings.The book was relatively short, so it was a quick but satisfying read A very solid effort for a debut novel from an up and coming author I ll be looking for the next book that comes out.


  9. James Chalk James Chalk says:

    Hang on to your heart This is a fast and captivating read that will squeeze your heart tight You get a glimpse inside the mind of an abused young lady The relationship between the young woman Sam and her brother Charlie, unfortunately, feels grippingly real The entire story is rather disturbing as you step deeply into the complex feelings experienced by this young adolescent The author s descriptive powers are very good and the central character s voice is both consistent and believable I r Hang on to your heart This is a fast and captivating read that will squeeze your heart tight You get a glimpse inside the mind of an abused young lady The relationship between the young woman Sam and her brother Charlie, unfortunately, feels grippingly real The entire story is rather disturbing as you step deeply into the complex feelings experienced by this young adolescent The author s descriptive powers are very good and the central character s voice is both consistent and believable I recommend the book, but hang on to your heart


  10. Hunter Jones Hunter Jones says:

    Who doesn t love a book inspired by a true story Knowing that Sam existed on some level in real life, helped me form a connection to her There were parts in the story that I found disturbing, due to the torture of a young girl My heart ached for Sam throughout every struggle I cheered for her in the end as she finally found the courage to stare fear right in the eye This book was sensational, and I will recommend it to everyone I know I look forward to seeing what else this author has to b Who doesn t love a book inspired by a true story Knowing that Sam existed on some level in real life, helped me form a connection to her There were parts in the story that I found disturbing, due to the torture of a young girl My heart ached for Sam throughout every struggle I cheered for her in the end as she finally found the courage to stare fear right in the eye This book was sensational, and I will recommend it to everyone I know I look forward to seeing what else this author has to bring us in the future


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