Saturday, January 4, 2014

Stuck by Stacey D. Atkinson

Title:  Stuck
Author:  Stacey D. Atkinson
Published:  July 26th 2013 by Mirror Image Publishing
Length:  240pgs
Format:  ebook
Genre:  NA contemporary
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Odette Leblanc is promoted to night-shift supervisor at the local convenience store, but at the age of twenty-three, she already feels like her life has become a predictable routine. That is, until she meets a mysterious doryman and his cat on the beach, followed by an unexpected run-in with an American sailor. Each man will undeniably change the course of her life, and so will the selfish actions of her bingo-addicted mother, an impressionable younger sister, and a team of damaged co-workers. Their stories weave together only to unravel in a mess of lies, betrayal, and missed opportunity that will leave Odette to face an uncertain future.

Set in the picturesque Acadian fishing village of Pointe-du-Chêne, New Brunswick (Canada), Stuck is an emotional journey about redefining what’s important in life and staying true to yourself.

My Review:

Atkinson takes off from page one with a hard hitting look at life when life isn’t perfect. She makes her story inviting, without pulling any punches. This was a well written, quick read that was quite enjoyable and easy to follow. Atkinson’s smooth, approachable writing style draws you in, allowing you to focus on the story at hand. Her no holds barred storyline is paired with allusion and brilliant description to create something truly remarkable. The story is dripping with history and culture, drawing you in to the Acadian coast.

Atkinson gives flashbacks into the main character’s past, allowing you to see how she came to be who she is today. It was so easy to get into as the main character appeared to be telling her story to the audience. You really feel for her. You get to know this community as a whole through their interactions with the main character. I appreciate how everyone was so down to earth and natural. I felt like I really was in a fishing village. I also love the dialogue in this novel. It’s so natural & flows the way real people talk. The mix of French and English, which is so common to the region in question, is easy to follow, even if you don’t speak French.

I loved this story. It was a remarkable portrayal of life in Acadia. I appreciated how this was a very Canadian novel without being only that. Above all, it was a story about surviving and being yourself. I’d definitely recommend picking up a copy.

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And now, enter the giveaways below!
Entries close at 11:59pm Jan 14/14.
Winners will be announced Jan 15/14.


  1. looking forward to read it!!! love the Synopsis

  2. Sounds like a good drama filled read, Can't wait. great give away!

  3. Thank you for sharing this giveaway with me. Stuck sounds like a great story!

  4. "Stuck" sounds like an amazing and intriguing book that I would love to read! It sound like it follows the life of a very strong girl as she attempts to discover her true self identity during dramatic and trying times. I would love to read this book because I personally think everyone is ultimately trying to figure out who they are, all while dealing with the trials and tribulations of everyday life. Plus this book shows that nobody has a perfect life or family, despite what outer appearances may portray. I really hope I win this book so I can dive into it immediately and enjoy a dramatic and passionate self-exploration story!

  5. Thanks for the wonderful review, Jonel! I'm so glad you enjoyed the book. Can't wait to see who wins the giveaway. Good luck to everyone.

  6. Stuck sounds like an amazing read and one that i shall definately be adding to my to-read list, as i simply adore this genre!! Thank you for the giveaway and brilliant blog post. x

  7. My first impressions are "Misty-Reading". Let me explain; Sounds like one of those stories with a story within a story. Hence like walking out of a fog or mist. I feel like Odette is walking in a fog, then meets these characters and somehow gets through it. Just me though.

  8. Thanks for the giveaway, I never heard of this book before and I really like the sound of the blurb. The cover is greattoo!

  9. Thank you for the giveaway, cant wait to read it (if I win :)) )!

  10. Wonderful review! :) (As always)

  11. The Book , Stuck, sounds amazing and I would LOVE to read and review it for you!!! Thnaks for the chance to win... and regardless... I will buy and read it if I do not win! Thanks for intorduing me to this author!

  12. My first impressions of Stuck, are that it is a coming of age story. It sounds very interesting and even if I don't win, I WILL be reading this!! :)

  13. Stuck sounds very interesting, almost like a "learning about myself" story, but from someone else's POV.

  14. Stuck sounds like it will be a very emotionally realistic journey. I can't wait to read it!

  15. This book gave me the impression that I need to read it continuously, like in one sitting only. Haha! It looks like it will have a lot of plot twists :D So excited for this book! Good luck to everyone :)

  16. Stuck sounds like it has a bit more substance than some of the typical NA books out there. Look forward to reading it!

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