Starting Over - Starsville Book 1 by Jaclyn Aurore

Starting Over: This is It Never Happened – revised and retitled – yet same story… Same Max Cole… but better.

Max deals with high school the way she deals with panic attacks… deep breaths and denial. But denying her brother’s friend is another thing altogether.

Her nickname is ‘The Kid.’ She’s small, she’s socially awkward, and she desperately wants to be left alone.

For most of her childhood, Max was punished for speaking, or for just being in the way. Life improved slightly when her abusive father was no longer in the picture, but she still felt the need to be invisible.

Her older brother, Nate, is extremely protective and refuses to leave her side. He shelters her so she won’t be hurt again.
They had a good system until he introduced her to his new best friend.

Drew wants to coax Max out into the world so she can move beyond the pain. The method each boy takes in helping Max cope with her anxiety causes more conflict than Max is prepared to handle… especially when the school heart-breaker offers her more than a brotherly shoulder to lean on.

Full copy available here: www.jaclynaurore.com or at Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CLXC3WW

  • Classification: Universal
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  • First submitted Oct. 8, 2012
  • Last updated Oct. 8, 2012
Starting Over - Starsville Book 1
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  • HarperCollins's avatar
    HarperCollins wrote 2 years, 3 months ago
    Broad Overview Plot Summary Max Cole is a young girl with emotional scars from her abusive father. Her mother, with her disastrous taste in men, may have left Max’s dad, but Paul, the new man on the scene, is probably cast from a similar mold. Only her brother Nathan looks after her; so protective that he is potentially quashing her development – but he can’t help it, her panic attacks and nightmares mean she can’t be left alone. When Nathan ...
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  • jessicaminor's avatar
    jessicaminor wrote 1 year, 11 months ago

    YARG review

    hi there, I see you have already made it to the editors desk and I can see why its a wonderfully written story with strong background and amazing descriptions are you working on anything now?

  • L.M.Bell's avatar
    L.M.Bell wrote 2 years, 2 months ago
    YARG Review Jaclyn, since this made desk already, I thought I’d read it leisurely and I’d just jot down a few notes here and there while making my way through it, tourist pace, with a cuppa before going to bed. Instead I found myself devouring the whole thing in one session, staying up well into the night (and I am a new mum, I treasure my precious chances of sleep!) and of course being bitterly disappointed when I reached the ...
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  • KAlexopoulos's avatar
    KAlexopoulos wrote 2 years, 2 months ago

    :D

    Oh, Jac. You clever girl, you. "I'm afraid this isn't the novel for us, despite it being fucking awesome."

    That's cool, HERE'S THE AMAZON LINK!

    Good on ya.

  • K Sharma's avatar
    K Sharma wrote 2 years, 3 months ago

    Read it twice and enjoyed it!
    Great writing

  • jessicaminor's avatar
    jessicaminor wrote 2 years, 3 months ago
    Yarg okay i will admit i did not think this was a story i'd like when i saw max cole i thought james bond but once i read the pitch i had to and i read all 8 chapters and i love max!! this story almost reminds some of us of our own youth i was a super mario brothers addict as a teenager. i enjoyed the story the charecters, but i want to know will this be one book ...
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  • jessicaminor's avatar
    jessicaminor wrote 2 years, 3 months ago

    im looking forward to this one i suffer from panic attacks myself so it'll be an intresting read i will comment later on today

  • Susan Burns's avatar
    Susan Burns wrote 2 years, 5 months ago

    It Never Happened is so tightly written, with so much intimacy, one feels
    eased into empathy with Max's struggle to grow up whole and healthy.

  • sydenay's avatar
    sydenay wrote 2 years, 5 months ago
    Hey :) This seems really good so far. I think your characters are very real- I feel like I know Max already, she's quirky and kind of reminds me of myslef a bit. I like that you don't expand on the setting much, you just kind of let the reader do that with the hints you drop. It feels so Canadian I can instantly relate! I'll be reading more later, as I've only read a bit, but this is really ...
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  • Brendie's avatar
    Brendie wrote 2 years, 5 months ago

    It's wonderful how you gave Maxine and Nate such colourful depth in the very first chapter that the reader is immediately captured by their situation and can't wait to read the rest to see how it pans out. A lovely, easy style of writing that put me in mind of To Kill A Mockingbird. Looking forward to seeing it in the bookshops soon ...

  • T J Pallett's avatar
    T J Pallett wrote 2 years, 5 months ago

    Hi Jaclyn

    This isn't my normal genre but reading this at work and three chapters in and still enjoying it. Congratulations on making it to the top!

  • LauraD7's avatar
    LauraD7 wrote 2 years, 5 months ago
    Jaclyn - Hi there. I think you have the bones of a great story. And if the bones are good, the rest can be equally good, even fantastic. Max is a girl I'm sure lots of readers will identify with. I can't personally, but I can tell you've poured your heart into telling her tale. And her brother is her savior and I love that. You have deeply troubled characters with a dark past - makes for excellent reading. But ...
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  • Owen Dorr's avatar
    Owen Dorr wrote 2 years, 5 months ago
    I know this book has reached the editors table and I sincerly hope it gets published. These types of books are not my style story but this was an amazingly well written work. Normally I only read the first three chapers of the work I review which is enough for me to get an idea of the book and the writer, but this work I read every thing that was there. Well done and well deserved to get to the ...
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  • HariPatience's avatar
    HariPatience wrote 2 years, 5 months ago

    I enjoyed reading about Max and Nate - they're really well drawn characters and I'm eager to learn more about them. This is a good young adult read, with lots of nice details. Your reveal of Max and Nate's past was handled tastefully and realistically, without making it sensational, which I appreciated. Your gold medal is deserved.

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    Thecurious wrote 2 years, 6 months ago

    is the last book of your trilogy out yet? i really want to read it could you plzz let me know would be great

  • Duncan Watt's avatar
    Duncan Watt wrote 2 years, 6 months ago
    Hi Jaclyn ... Yes, I know I'm a little late but it is still worth backing and rating. You have a very worthy book and one that has a brilliant story line, a good plot and very strong characters. Max, although a little shy, is a little cracker. She is the sort of strong central character that I feel will blossom to take control of the story and is so realistic, I feel I know her.This story feels very real ...
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  • romanrunner's avatar
    romanrunner wrote 2 years, 6 months ago
    At first I was a little thrown, because I was reading your story with the expectation of an adult fiction reader. But once I altered my thinking and read from the perspective of a teen or young person I changed my tune. Your writing is very well tailored to that age group and given the difficulties youth are experiencing these days it is relevant. You took me back to my Judy Blume days. You reminded me of when I used ...
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    romanrunner wrote 2 years, 6 months ago
    At first I was a little thrown, because I was reading your story with the expectation of an adult fiction reader. But once I altered my thinking and read from the perspective of a teen or young person I changed my tune. Your writing is very well tailored to that age group and given the difficulties youth are experiencing these days it is relevant. You took me back to my Judy Blume days. You reminded me of when I used ...
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  • singfam's avatar
    singfam wrote 2 years, 6 months ago
    This is a YARG review. L:-) SOOO great!! I love this. I have read a lot of painful 'life tragedies" lately, and was worried that this was another one of those, but I loved how Max is blessed with the sweetest gifts of hope from her brother and from Drew. Your writing is fantastic. So easy to read. NOthing slows me down. I love the fun comments that pop out from your own personality. - like "even his hair is ...
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  • Brian Bandell's avatar
    Brian Bandell wrote 2 years, 6 months ago
    You do a good job explaining Maxine's background and why she has trouble coping. It's easy to warm up to her and want to help her. At some points I wonder if she's too helpless, like she has an inner desire to stand up for herself but is afraid. It's heartwarming to see her brother sticking up for her and interesting to see how they deal with a new person coming into their lives. I would like to know more ...
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