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Reviewed by Cloie Belle Daffon for Readers' Favorite
Christopher Cole and K.M. Sparks’s Rising Together: The Prosperity Series Book 1 is a story about two best friends who are completely different from one another. The only similarity they have would be the care and protectiveness they both feel for each other. Tim usually gets in trouble but he is not the one that causes it. His strong sense of justice leads him to protect people who are being bullied and this gets him into fights almost every day. Meanwhile, Haze is a quiet and sweet girl who would not hurt a fly. She loves to read books during her free time and always gets her homework done. However, there comes a day when Haze discovers Tim’s sad and painful situation at home. After finding out about the abuse he goes through, Haze changes, and a newfound strength within her emerges. She courageously tries to help him get out of his miserable circumstance. Will everything finally be better for Tim or will this cause him more pain and suffering and will these trials ruin their friendship?
Rising Together by Christopher Cole and K.M. Sparks is a well-written story that depicts the hardships that abused people go through. This book is filled with valuable lessons that inspire and teach readers. The most important lesson that I learned from this story would be not to judge a book by its cover. Tim often gives off the vibes of being the usual troublemaker, because he is always getting into fights, but the story behind the wounds he gets in school shows me a brave child who only wants to help those who could not defend themselves. I think it is unfair for some people to see Tim as a troublemaker but the true bullies get away with their wrongdoings. It is best to understand where a person is coming from first before judging them wholly. Another lesson I learned would be to appreciate the things we have because each of us is not in the same boat in life. Some live a worry-free life and some struggle every single day just to make ends meet. Not only is the tale eye-opening, but it also warms my heart, especially during the parts where Hazel showed a lot of courage and strength because she wanted to help Tim. Their strong friendship and pure love for each other is something that I wish everyone would have. I cannot wait to find out how Tim and Haze are doing in the next book! Wonderful work!