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Reviewed by Carol Coetzee for Readers' Favorite
In Divided, Mishca is an African-American baby, adopted at birth by a wealthy white family. They were told her parents did not want her, and Mishca spends a lot of time feeling unworthy. When she develops a heart problem requiring a heart transplant, she feels she is an even bigger burden on her parents, and does not think they can love her. Yet they do, deeply. She is shy, introverted and not popular because she is unable to do much with her heart problems. Suddenly a heart becomes available and Mishca gets her transplant, but whilst glad, she feels guilt at the death of the person who enabled her to live. She makes a friend at university, Nerissa, and her betrothed, Douglas. She also meets and falls in love with Ryder, a young man she meets at an adoption support group where she goes to try to trace her biological parents. During this time, she starts having strange dreams and develops some super-human powers. This confuses and frightens her, and she keeps it secret for as long as she can. More adventures follow though, so keep reading! This story by Sharon M Johnston will tug at your heart strings and leave you raw, and yet wanting desperately to read more!
Sharon M Johnston has captured the dilemma of waiting for someone to die so that you may live. Organ donors are precious gifts to millions of people, and yet the joy and guilt recipients feel is well documented. Divided, the first novel in the Open Heart Series, will surprise you, make you sad, angry, frustrated and scared! What a wonderful mixture of various elements to draw from for this wonderful novel. Although it deals with fascinating fictional elements, some of the issues dealt with are very real. Being an African-American child raised by rich white parents, never feeling as if you belong, and being avoided by people because of your health issues are all very real social issues. Making friends after her surgery changes Mishca's life, but the secrets that have yet to be discovered may very well tear her life to shreds. A truly wonderful read, and looking forward to more in this series! Well done, Sharon M Johnston! A new, twisted and amazing version of organ donations and science.