Broken Dreams

Young Adult - Coming of Age
255 Pages
Reviewed on 10/02/2015
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Author Biography

Cassidy K O'Connor is a born and raised Floridian who loves to travel but never forgets where her roots are. She married her high school sweetheart, they have 3 kids and a crazy dog. Travelling and reading are her two favorite hobbies. Cassidy loves all things Ireland and has been lucky enough to visit twice. Her dream is to watch a baseball game in every MLB stadium in the country.

She is passionate about Building Women Up and helps run a site dedicated to enriching women's lives.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite

Broken Dreams by Cassidy K. O'Connor is an emotional young adult coming of age story about the possibility of reclaiming second chances. Isabelle and her twin brother Ian are excited to finally graduate high school. Isabelle wants to dance at Julliard and Ian has soccer scholarships to the colleges of his choice. But Isabelle knows a secret about her twin brother. His plans aren't to go to college and play soccer. He wants to join the Army and make a difference in the world.

When tragedy strikes, it is up to Isabelle to carry on the memory of her brother through the legacy he meant to leave behind. She is determined to put her own dreams aside so that she can fulfill the dreams her brother had of honor and service and dedication. But when tragedy strikes a second time, Isabelle isn't sure she's strong enough to continue. All she wants is a second chance to reach for her dreams. And she'll need the love and support that she finds in an unexpected relationship to carry her through this emotional journey.

This is a very beautiful and emotional story that will threaten even the most hardened reader with tears. It is part romance and part coming of age story, but mostly it is about life and loss and what makes a person endure when they just want to give up. What is important to some people is hard for others to to understand, and that is some of the exploration of grief that readers can expect in this story.

Broken Dreams

This is book is a whirlwind of ups and downs. .. I am definitely suffering from a book hangover... no matter how hard I cried I could not put it down. .. the emotions and love that you feel from these characters is amazing... this story is definitely a love conquers all story... Izzy and Connor will make any skeptic believe in true love...

Patti Spell

This is an amazing book that is very emotional but also shows extreme strength, love and family bond. I love Conner and his support of the family while dealing with his own sorrow. It really is inspirational, ( a tear jerker, but so worth it. ) Isabelle puts her dream of Julliard on hold to persue her brother Ian's dream after he is tragically killed in an accident. This family must put their broken pieces together to help Isabelle on her journey which tests the family in unseen ways. Her sister Brie is an enigma and full of suprises. I hope to read her story in the future. This book is good for young teens to adults.