Review & Giveaway: While I’m Still Myself by Jeremy Mark Lane
Monday May 28, 2012 at 12:00 am |

Publisher: Tate Publishing
Copyright: 2011
Published: January 10, 2012
Pages: 127
Form: Paperback
Author: Jeremy Mark Lane
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A passionate December love affair.
The meeting of an unexpected traveler.
The consequences of protecting a young new acquaintance.
A journey into an unknown past.

In the stories of While I’m Still Myself, Jeremy Lane eloquently describes the life changing impact of the brief encounter, showing that life and love are not shaped by an entire lifetime, but by the fleeting moments with unexpected people in unexpected places.

My Thoughts:

While I’m Still Myself is a collection of short stories that instantly gets the reader emotionally invested and provokes them into thought and reflection.  While I enjoyed all of the short stories in this anthology, The Reflection, Only Hers, The Pebblestone Five, and Round Bale were among my favorites.

The Reflection, Only Hers is about a young girl whose mother suffers from schizophrenia.  Thinking to see the world before the disease begins affecting her, she hops a train out of town, to explore the world.  On the train she meets and befriends an older man whose friends call him Rocky.  There is a paranormal element surrounding Rocky, which we find out in the end.  I’m still a bit confused by it but I wonder if the author left it so open on purpose to inspire thought, or if he fully intended for the reader to get it.

The Pebblestone Five is just beautifully heartbreaking.  A band of abused, young misfits help each other document the abuse by the hands of their parents and guardians.  The leader and oldest,  Ceely Dawn, is unsure what to do with the evidence until a tragic event occurs.  Round Bale makes you ache for the kids and their circumstances, mentally and physically.  It also makes me wonder if the kids even were aware that the implied wrong doing is indeed, wrong?

Beautifully written and brilliantly poignant, While I’m Still Myself explores themes of drugs, child abuse, racism, and incest.  Though the stories are generally short, you will find yourself invested in the characters, and contemplating their stories long after you’ve finished the book.  Definitely a great read.


 

Giveaway

 

The author Jeremy Mark Lane has been kind enough to offer one free e-copy of While I’m Still Myself to one lucky reader.  The giveaway will run for only a day, so make sure to get your entry in!  Please see below for giveaway rules and to fill out the rafflecopter form!  Good Luck!

Giveaway Rules:

1. Must be 13 yrs or older to enter
2. Open Internationally.
3. Free Entry Mandatory.
4. All other entries are optional.

Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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6 Responses to “Review & Giveaway: While I’m Still Myself by Jeremy Mark Lane”

  1. Sounds good but sad.
    Great review.
    (not an entry)

  2. Oh my goodness, this book sounds BEAUTIFUL and HEARTBREAKING and nothing short of AMAZING! I probably said this to you before but I think it’s worth repeating how I hardly ever read collections of short stories or anthologies — because even with that, your review still convinced me! The story about the girl with the schizophrenic mother already has my heart out for her, and same with the one with the band of abused misfits!

    Beautiful review, Jade! <3

    • Jade says:

      It was! And those two stories were so touching. I was completely in caught up in them wondering what was going to happen to them all.

  3. Nice review Jade. I think I might have accepted this one for review (I should know this right? I’m so awful) so I look forward to reading it even more. I like that one of your favorites was the one that was open (for whatever reason). Seems like that works for you.

  4. Is this fiction or is it based on true stories? (Like the Chicken Soup books) Interesting!

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