She’s clean now and desperate to fix the messes she’s made, but first she’s going to have to get out of her pajamas.
As Trinity struggles to stop sleepwalking through life, she faces the painful, tingling sensation of waking up. It’s sometimes embarrassing (she really didn’t want to have lunch with Aidan’s mom), sometimes terrifying (group therapy is beyond intimidating), and sometimes, amazingly enough, pretty romantic (who’d have though Aidan would be such a great kisser?)
Trin is lucky, though—luckier than she deserves, she’s sure—and she doesn’t travel this road alone. Her family, her therapist, and her new friends are all pulling for her. And it turns out, some of them have made pretty big mistakes, too.
But before she can embrace her new life completely, Trinity has to be forgiven by the one person who is holding out the hardest: herself. It’s not easy changing everything, especially when you don’t think you deserve a second chance. Trinity might make an even bigger mess of things before she figures that out.
When the smoke clears on her latest disaster, will anyone still be standing there?
This book is recommended for older/mature YA readers.
This novel is not your typical YA good girl likes bad boy and yada, yada, yada. Forgiving Trinity is a hard hitting, deeply emotional look at a teen trying to piece her life back together after years of mistakes and bad choices.
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When Forgiving Trinity starts, Trinity has already experienced more in her seventeen years then some people do in a whole lifetime. She spent several years in the high school party scene, until "That Night." After hitting a dog with her car and taking it for care, she returns to the scene and finds the boy she has a crush on, Aiden, taking the blame for her and getting placed into the back of a police car. Several months have passed since that night and Trinity is still struggling with how to deal with her life. She is a damaged soul and is trying to figure out how best to heal herself and make amends with those around her. She finds a new best friend, Ruth, who I just adored, learns how to deal with the kids at school who shun her, and discovers that Aiden likes her, too.
It was difficult to watch Trinity as she struggled with creating her new life, reforging existing ties, and building new relationships. I admit, there were a few times that I just wanted to shake some sense into her. (I can speak on this with authority as I have a 16 yr old daughter myself! lol) How Trinity handled her budding romance with Aiden drove me insane sometimes but it was a truly accurate portrayal of how some teens cope with such new, exciting (and sometimes frightening) emotions.
Liz Reinhardt penned a very honest portrayal of a teen struggling with self awareness. I enjoyed the novel but had to work past what I felt was slightly excessive "moping around" by Trinity in the beginning. The pace just seemed to creep along for the first chapter or two but it did pick up once Trinity made the decision to rejoin the living, so to speak.
Overall, Forgiving Trinity was a good read with issues you could sink your teeth into. It does deal with drugs and alcohol so this would definitely be for mature YA and older. I would rate it as a 4 of 5 stars.
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