Dismantling Beliefs: A Review of Venessa Kimball’s “Dismantling Evan”

Posted: September 1, 2015 in Book Review, Young Adult
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Goodreads.com Description: Life is unstable…What will be the trigger to dismantle it?
When high school senior Evangeline “Evan” Phillips moves half way across the country with her parents to a quaint town in Texas, it should be a chance to start over.
It should be.
Typical of Evan, she doesn’t share her parents’ optimism. Always the loner, she is prepared to hide behind work at the school newspaper until graduation. That is the seemingly bulletproof plan until she meets her new neighbors, Gavin and Brody Ferguson.
The more Evan gets to know her neighbors, their band of friends, and frenemies, the more unsettling her new high school and community gets in Braxton Springs, Texas.
As Evan unwittingly digs deeper into the lives of those around her, her own skeletons begin to surface leaving her vulnerable and scrambling to keep her own sanity and reputation. Will Evan be able to get control over her spiraling secrets while discovering friendship and love for the first time?
Or will the issues and pressures of life as a band of not-so-average teens in a very typical high school become too much, resulting in the tragic dismantlement of an entire community and Evan herself?
Dismantling Evan is a fresh and edgy work of literary fiction that snapshots how life as a teen in modern society can be unstable and the social issues and pressures revolving around them can tip the fleeting stability of society over the edge.”

About the Author

Having always been passionate about the written word, Venessa Kimball embarked on writing what would become her debut novel, Piercing the Fold: Book 1; a young adult paranormal/sci-fi series. July 2, 2012, Venessa Kimball independently published the first book in the Piercing the Fold series. Book 2, Surfacing the Rim, released March 14, 2013. In August of 2013, Venessa joined the publishing house, Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly. The Piercing the Fold series has been re-published with CHBB beginning with Piercing the Fold: Book 1 on September 3, 2013. Surfacing the Rim: Book 2 re-published on September 24, 2013 and Ascending the Veil: Book 3 released November 2013. The fourth book in the series, Transcending the Legacy: Book 4 released May 13, 2014. Kimball’s compelling teen contemporary fiction novel, Dismantling Evan, released January 13, 2015. Venessa is currently working on the Evan series, but as for the future, she is filling her Work-In-Progress folder with some world piercing characters and stories. When Venessa is not writing, she is keeping active with her husband and three children; chauffeuring said children to extracurricular activities, catching a movie with her hubby, and staying up way too late reading.

Find Venessa online at:

Website: http://www.venessakimball.net/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6442922.Venessa_Kimball

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Venessa-Kimball/e/B008HFW8CS/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1441059542&sr=8-1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/venessakimball7

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/venessakimball

Twitter: @VenessaKimball

Tumblr: http://venessakimball.tumblr.com/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/venessakimball/

My Review

I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Dismantling Evan by Venessa Kimball is an extraordinary book. It is a heartfelt, emotional story about teenage mental illness. If you read this book and are not moved, you should check your pulse.

I loved the characters in this book, all of them–good and bad. My favorites, however, were Evan, Gavin, Nikki and Brody. Each one them had such an inner strength that was unrecognized. Evan was proud and willful. She wanted to believe in herself. She held tight to the idea that she was just a normal teen. It wasn’t until her mom finally shared her own secret that Evan opened up to the possibility that there was something extra in her personality. Gavin was another extraordinary character. He had an unexpected sensitivity that I loved. Nikki was awesome. She was a former member of a clique that rotated around a supreme mean girl. But, Nikki had heart. A huge heart. She rose above the clique and stood up for her beliefs. And, Brody….what can I say? There’s sorrow, tragedy, despair and a guy who just wants to be himself. I felt so much for him. It’s hard to put a word on the feelings.

Dismantling Evan makes you stop and think. I’ve always felt that not enough is done for those who struggle with mental illness. It doesn’t discriminate affecting people from all walks of life, gender, and age. Kimball has done a fantastic job bringing to light a topic many people like to sweep under the carpet. When it comes to the mental stability of teens, denial seems to be the accepted policy. It’s easier to put it off on hormones or simply being a teen. Not always true as this book illustrates. Kimball even shines a light on bullying, another taboo topic. Bullying alone is bad enough, but bullying those who are walking a tight rope trying to maintain stability is just wrong. Thank you Venessa Kimball for such a profound book!

Don’t get me wrong. Dismantling Evan has its message, but there’s so much more. This is a story with humor, the joys of a first romance and the strength that comes from good friends. You will laugh and you might just cry reading this wonderful story.

Stay tuned….I’ll have a review of BOTH of the novellas in this series on Thursday!

Rating: 5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up

(5 Hands=Excellent; 4 Hands=Pretty Good; 3 Hands=Good)

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