Young Adult / New Adult
Title: 6 Seconds of Life
Author: Tonya Fitzharris
Date Published: 9/1/12
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, her first true friends, 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?
My Review:6 Seconds of Life by Tonya Fitzharris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I have to say first I don’t even know where to start with this review besides WOW!!
Tonya Fitzharris has shared with us a very emotional, well written novel. 6 Seconds of Life is a book that you must or I may even say should read. The plot was well written, characters in her book were described beautifully and at times it was disheartening to me what Maura had gone through.
So not to give anything away but Maura is at the end and cannot handle anything more and decides to jump off a bridge and end the pain, this story is about the memories she has her last 6 seconds of life. I have to commend Tonya Fitzharris in writing this deep, dark novel and say you have done a fantastic job. I’ve said in a few reviews that if an author can make you feel true feelings that she is one terrific author, job well done Tonya.
You see flashes of Maura’s life in high school through College and its friggen heart breaking to see how she came up with the decision to end it all. Even as I write this review thinking of this story it brings tears to my eyes. I was pissed at her parents, her friends and just plain pissed that someone so young had to face so much, OMG this poor girl.
Maura character is written so well you feel like your reading about a very real person not a character in a book, the things she has had to deal with in her young life broke my heart , the depression and lack of self worth is clear as you read this novel. I bet there are many young people who can relate to some of the feelings Maura has and hope and pray for anyone who experiences some of these feelings can reach out and get help before the contemplate suicide.
I could go on and on about 6 Seconds of Life and Tonya’s writing but all I will say is that I highly recommend this book and I mean highly. It’s worth the cost and the time it takes to read Maura’s story.
I have rated 6 Seconds of Life a 5 star rating, I can’t forget parts of this book and I truly felt for Maura and her pain seemed so real to me. The ending was shocking and I didn't see it coming.
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I think deep down, I’ve always known it was going to end this way. I was never meant to live a long life. I accepted this fate a long time ago. I was just waiting for the right moment.
I wanted to fall in love first.
I wanted to experience what it was like to have a real family first.
I wanted to know what it was like to be sincerely happy, even if it was short-lived.
I got all of those firsts.
And now I’m ready to move forward.
I inch my feet closer to the open sky. And closer. Until my naked toes are peeking over the edge. The water cracks violently below me, begging for me to join in on all of the fun.
Just a few more seconds before it’s all over.
Until I’m free.
I’m totally relaxed. This moment, it’s all mine. No one can take it away from me.
I close my eyes. The sounds of high heels clicking on the walkway and cameras snapping and preserving memories and street musicians begging for spare change surround me. I breathe in their music and let it be the soundtrack to the closing credits of my life.
I raise my arms up to my side, reaching for the skies that surround me.
And I step into the air.
I’m flying now.
Tonya Fitzharris is a writer, reader, blogger, mediocre cook, photographer, runner, Florida native, and cat lover. She used to be a Middle School English Teacher, but now she's trying out the whole novel writing thing. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and her Belgian cat named Waffles.