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Be Safe I Love You

Hoffman, Cara (Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Be Safe I Love You
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Returning with deep psychological scars after a tour of duty in Iraq, soldier Lauren Clay guides her younger brother to an upstate New York oil field that has become the subject of her obsession and begins teaching him survival skills while revealing her experiences.
Authors: Hoffman, Cara
Title: Be safe I love you
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2014.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Characteristics: 289 pages ;,24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: Returning with deep psychological scars after a tour of duty in Iraq, soldier Lauren Clay guides her younger brother to an upstate New York oil field that has become the subject of her obsession and begins teaching him survival skills while revealing her experiences.
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ISBN: 1451641311
9781451641332
9781451641318
Statement of Responsibility: Cara Hoffman
Subject Headings: Depressed persons Family relationships Fiction. Veteran reintegration Fiction.
Genre/Form: Psychological fiction.
Topical Term: Depressed persons
Veteran reintegration
LCCN: 2013011118
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Aug 27, 2014
  • LaughingOne rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I have not served in the military and have no direct knowledge or experience of the things written about in this book. The story feels real to me. I do know teenagers who pretty much gave up their own dreams to take care of their families, of their younger siblings. This is what Lauren did. Joining up after she graduated from high school got her a good signing bonus that financially helped her brother and father. The price she paid was much more than the signing bonus was worth. This story gripped me, filling me with compassion, horror, worry and yet, yes, hope. Well worth a read, but be prepared to be upset.

Disregard book cover blurbs written by authors who "support" each other.

This novel tells a veteran's story much better done by other authors.

This author has written a trite, predictable soap opera with characters that are parodies, not remotely recognizable people.

You have to wonder...

"Ever since her mother left years earlier, Lauren Clay's been responsible for her bedridden father and young brother, Danny, choosing the Army over college to support them. She has recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq, troubled and on edge, and fearful that the Internet has too strong a hold on Danny. As she distances herself from others, she takes him on a road trip, intending to teach him survival skills and also meet up with an Army friend. Told by both Lauren, who shares her wartime experiences with Danny, and by those who love Lauren and fear the changes they see in her, this novel quickly turns ominous." Fiction A to Z May 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/96117fb3-f773-4ebe-a30e-0933ee1fb11f?postId=88caf547-9d7c-4692-932a-8cbe7ef5fe90

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