Book review: Convergence by Trudie L. Hayes

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Book Details:

Book Title:  Convergence by Trudie L. Hayes
Category:  Middle Grade fiction, 340 pages
Genre:  Thriller / Fantasy
Publisher:  Self
Release date:  August 2015
Available for review in:  Print, PDF
Will send print books:  USA & Canada
Tour dates:  October 12 to November 13, 2015
Content Rating:  G

Book Description:  

It was the first day of school and anxieties were running high. For certain​ ​there was the excitement of moving up a grade, but there was also the dread of anything and everything that could go wrong. Not only were the possibilities endless, they were totally out of your control. Whether or not you were accepted rested squarely on the shoulders of the popular kids. Suppose you were too short or too tall; too smart or not smart enough; too rich or too poor; or just plain different?

These thoughts were fresh on the minds of Otis, Chandler and Marissa. Three pre-teens whose paths had never crossed, although they lived in the same town in Connecticut. Their backgrounds were so diverse they may as well have lived worlds apart. That was all about to change when on their way to school a series of bizarre events lump them together. Literally!

Join them on this unreal journey to alternate realities never before re­vealed. Go back in time to a parallel past, the All Agos. Coexist in a present experience that mirrors your own, the Ne’er Now. Finally and with greater understanding, manifest in a future of your creation, the Will Be Once.

Then you will have come closer to achieving …as it should.

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Meet the author:   

Trudie L. Hayes’ personal story and family life influenced her mission to spread the core values of self-acceptance, self-esteem, and self-love to children and persons of all ages. An affiliation with physically and mentally disabled adults and children spanning many years is a major contributing factor. The caregiver role has been paramount throughout much of her life, even while furthering her education or working full-time in a corporate setting.

These experiences have given her a deep understanding of the trials and struggles associated with a compromised existence. As well as the inspiration and joy derived from living life to one’s personal best.

It is through these myriad life experiences that Hayes began writing and registering several related trademarks. With a grander vision of promoting confidence and self-worth.

Born and raised in Connecticut, Hayes still calls the Nutmeg State home. The oldest of two children, she remains close to her siblings. When Hayes is not writing or managing her business, she dedicates her time to other creative outlets and artistic pursuits. Hayes has a deep appreciation and passion for music in its many forms; she enjoys writing song lyrics, performing, and has an affinity for Jazz.

Connect with the author:    Website  ~  Twitter 

REVIEW:
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The first day of school is always nerve wracking but for the three young people in this story, their first day turns out to be more than they expected.  Melissa, Otis and Chandler soon discover that things aren’t always what they seem to be.  These three come from different backgrounds but soon they learn that they have more in common than they can ever imagine.
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The premise of the story is an interesting one.  The author should be commended for a good plot.  However, I found myself struggling as the storyline lacked coherence.  Some parts of the story were just not believable – I won’t cite any instances because I don’t want to give away the plot.  Perhaps if I were a middle grade reader, I would find this more to my liking.
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