#bookreview Collision By P J Byer

November 9, 2015


By PJ Byer

~My Review~ 

4.5 stars

Collision is a unique story that reads as a Y/A, but with an added benefit of slightly paranormal with a mix of history. I'm not sure what to categorize it as, but loved the combination! It made for a really good read, as well as allowing you into the insight of a troubled teens life, as well as how hard it is to be that parent waiting for news at home when a teen disappears. 

Stella is a runaway that finds herself in many difficult and scary situations, but as luck...or perhaps fate would have it-Stella ends up making friends with people who seem to want to help her even while she is struggling to work out the trouble rambling around in her head. The slightly paranorm part is when Stella begins to have dream's that make absolutely no sense to her, but occur as if a story is being told, a story that she can tell belong's in the past. The why to the dreams is what is messing with her head the most, but like all good stories this one play's out in a way that allows it to all make sense. 

I love what I was able to take from the story, it's not your typical feel good story, but it has so much insight into the troubles that a teen goes through, something often so hard to understand for the people watching the struggle. This was a great read and I highly recommend it! 

About the author:

What happened when PJ found her old journal, and in it was jotted the bones of a story?

What happened when that story had been rattling around in her head for fourteen years?

What happened when she admitted she’d always wanted to write, and now newly retired had time to pursue this dream?

She started, of course!

In the journal the story outline was set at Trial Bay gaol near South West Rocks, a beautiful place where PJ’s family had holidayed for years. She was inspired by the history of the  Germans interned at the forbidding gaol during the First World War.

PJ grew up in Sydney’s Northern beaches, married Ivor, and they have raised two wonderful daughters, Zoe and Hannah, on the Central Coast. She had a long career as an  English, History and Drama teacher, and is passionate about youth literacy and encouraging young people to read. This book is pitched as Young Adult genre, one of the world’s fastest growing genres, and is part of a series. A prequel and sequel will follow.

She has a diverse range of interests, including reading, bushwalking, a cappella harmony singing, film, theatre, swimming as well as volunteer work for a disaster relief charity called ShelterBox.


Twitter: @PJ Byer
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