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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

[REVIEW] 6 Seconds of Life by Tonya Fitzharris

6 Seconds of Life

Author: Tonya Fitzharris
Genre: NA Contemporary
Published: September 1st 2012 by Createspace
Purchase from: Amazon | The Book Depository

Maura has just jumped.

Now she has precisely six seconds until she hits the water below her--just six more seconds until she is finally freed from her mundane and aimless existence. Freed of all of the regrets and disappointments that have haunted her throughout her nineteen years.

She just needs to be free.

But as she falls, the most pivotal points of her life start to replay like a movie in her head: her family falling apart, her first love, her first heartbreak, and her first betrayal. As she remembers these moments that brought her to this point, will she feel a sense of peace? Or will her death be her greatest regret?

"6 Seconds of Life" is a new adult novel that not only explores the ups and downs of college life, but the ups and downs of life as we know it.

Disturbing and emotional. I did not shed a tear but 6 Seconds of Life broke my heart.

My heart ached for Maura. She's insecure and unstable and emotionally abused. What hurt the most was that the abuse came from the people who should be the first to take care of her. I'm not going to enumerate the things that pushed her into wanting to end her own life because those will make a long list. Just know that those things are so horrible that no teenager should be shouldering them, especially alone. When she met Owen, I thought maybe he could help her. Maura thought so, too. And in fairness to Owen, he did try. And I believe there really was something real between him and Maura until college life and Greek society pulled them apart. Speaking of Greek, I just want to say that Maura's sorority sisters were bitches. Sisterhood, my ass. I've never read such a joke of a sorority as this book's Theta Beta. Abandoning a sister is sisterhood? Calling her a whore and a liar in front of everyone is? Gods, I was so angry at those girls. They were really pathetic. Burn in hell, bitches!

What stuck with me the most is that Maura really did try to change. She wanted to be happy and for a time, she was. She found love and a family. She felt that she belonged. At least until the very people who welcomed her betrayed and abandoned her. I didn't like that she resorted to alcohol, but I understand why she did it. That wanting to just forget everything and drown your sorrows even for a moment. Maura's life was just so sad and painful that ending it seemed like the only way out of it.

6 Seconds of Life is a poignant and touching read. It's very well written and I love the flow of the story and the words used. Tonya Fitzharris sure knows how to pierce a hole in your heart. The story's realistic and relatable. These things happen and most of the times, the person suffering from them just chooses to stay silent and keep them all in until they explode. I think what this book is trying to tell us is that we don't have to be alone. We can seek help and there are people who could give it to us if we only let them. Maura isolated herself because she thought she could do it alone. In my opinion, that's her first and biggest mistake.

I was kinda expecting the ending but I still liked it. It was really good and I was glad that Maura survived the fall. It gave her another chance to change and be happy.

I definitely recommend 6 Seconds of Life if you're looking for something heart-wrenching but not too heavy. 

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Julie @ Books and Insomnia

Julie is a Filipina blogger who pretends she has insomnia so she can stay up late reading. When she's not buried in books, she can be found watching anime, drinking chocolate-flavored instant coffee, lurking on the internet, daydreaming and talking about herself in third person. She loves purple and anything sweet!


  1. Wow! Great review. This sounds like a very deep and moving read.

    1. It really is! Thanks for the comment, Joanne! :)


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