The Shape of Violet

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Summary

Violet sits on the edge of a hospital bed, a teen on the cusp of a future entirely different than what she's known her whole life. She has a choice: to live or to allow the past to destroy her. 'The Shape of Violet' is a contemporary YA story about seventeen year old Violet set in Fairbanks, Alaska. After her abuse at the hands of her mother comes to the attention of the authorities, she's placed in a foster home. Her world is crashing down around her. She's constructed a version of the truth, a version where she's at fault, she's the one to blame. And now that lie is coming to an end. She must choose to live with the truth, or die from it.

Genre:
Children / Other
Author:
beth emery
Status:
Complete
Chapters:
20
Rating:
5.0 7 reviews
Age Rating:
16+

Chapter One

On the fifth day Mother came to see me while the lady from the state stood in the doorway and the cop stood by my hospital bed, arms folded, feet apart, glaring at everyone; especially Mother. She looked elegant and cool, her hair in a smooth bun, small diamonds in her ears, nails perfect. She was always perfect.

Why was I shaking? Why did I feel frozen, inside and out?

Shut up, traitor brain. Breathe. Just breathe. Pay attention, I told myself. Always wool-gathering, she would tell me. Too stupid to know my whole life was about to fall off a cliff.

I teetered on the edge of the bed. Mother stopped two feet away when the cop held his hand out. She ignored him. I could smell her perfume, White Shoulders, an awful sickening smell. She wore it like armor. I stared at the scuffed linoleum beyond her left elbow.

“So,” she said.

My shoulders hunched up. I knew I would say something I’d soon regret. “Don’t you want me?” My stomach clutched.

She crossed her arms. “Hmm. Tough question.”

I looked up. Her face, cold and hard, close but so distant. “Mother?”

She shook her head. “No, my dear. No more. I’ll leave you alone if you’ll leave me alone.”

“But...”

“You’ll be fine.”

She turned, left. Her polished, confident walk took her away from me, like she wouldn’t be leaving anything behind. I listened to her heels clicking against the floor until there was nothing but me. Alone. I heard a rushing, watery sound in my ears.

The state lady cleared her throat, shuffled her feet. She smelled of nicotine, hair a frizzled brass. She touched my arm but I pulled away. She hesitated, mumbled something I couldn’t understand before leaving. The cop glanced at me. I didn’t let him catch my gaze. Then he left, too.

I sat there, homeless. I’d always been afraid, but now it felt like a full body burn, first degree. Even my skin wasn’t safe.

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Anne Storm Adams: I enjoyed the reading thus far. There are some errors in both spelling and punctuation. Awesome storyline.

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melissakrandle: So the story was okay. The usual forced marriage trope that takes place during the days of carriage rides and makeup lined with lead. I feel like I've read this story a thousand times. Its reminscent of the 90's style of writing back when Jude Deveraux and Julie Garland were in their hay-day, so...

Nicky Carroll: Wonderful book! Worth all 5 stars for sure. Great story and lots of love 💕

Olalekan Adewunmi: I love the story line, I wish the book was longer tho, hoping that’s not the end.

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Joyann: This book was quite interesting.....looking forward to reading more of your books

maggiev8mv: I enjoyed book 1, book 2 freaking loved it. A tad predictable, but the writing style and storytelling skills made up for it. Thank you for sharing your story!!! Now Book 3!!

maggiev8mv: I enjoyed the journey into the mc. I read a couple books a day and this has been one of my favorites. A little intense in spots but felt well thought out. Thanks for sharing. Now for Book 2

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