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Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite
Life as the daughter of two of the greatest rock singers in the world is never easy, and when your parents are divorced and feuding against each other, it is even worse. Sadie McRae doesn't think it can get any worse than this, but she is about to learn that everything can be taken away in an instant. Things Lost In The Fire by Katie Jennings follows Sadie as she rebuilds her life with the help of her grandparents, after she survives a terrible assault in her mother's house. Even if that means she must return to Hollywood and face her demons. Katie Jennings takes the time to develop true to life characters that you can relate to and understand, that you feel for and want to see overcome their pasts and find a brighter future.
Things Lost In the Fire touches on a physical assault, stalking, drugs and rock 'n' roll. The characters are all touched by a fire, or event that destroyed something in their lives, but how each one reacted is completely different. Sadie retreats far from public view and becomes a shy, scared version of herself that needs to be brought back into the world. Her mother refuses to accept anything and lives in an almost fantasy. Katie Jennings gives us a compelling story of life that does not have to be defined by one incident; there is more to each person than one event or one mistake. This is a wonderful book for young adults as well as adults.