Author Tawdra Kandle
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Down By Contact is a very emotive book that portrays the story of Gia the ex-girlfriend of a football star who committed suicide. The book deals in a very graphic way with the lives of Matt and Gia before his death and her own downward spiral as she grapples with his final act of self-destruction and finally her efforts to reclaim her life as the survivor.
Gia Capri’s life went into a tailspin after her ex-boyfriend killed himself.
From the first moment, Gia had no illusions about who Matt was, yet in a moment of weakness she gave in to her needs and went off for what should have been a one night stand with a bad boy. Their one night stand however turned into an on again off again destructive relationship, as Matt slowly gives into to his weaknesses and tries to take Gia down with him.
Gia had a choice, she could either continue to try to save Matt, in which case he would destroy them both, or save herself and leave it up to Matt to save himself.
This book portrays a woman’s fight to recover her life after an act of suicide caused her to hit rock bottom. For a time Gia could barely function, going through the motion, doing just enough to survive. Then a new friend walks into Gia’s life and slowly the light begins to seep back in. However, no one could really save another person unless they are prepared to save themselves.
Gia must forgive herself and face her own demons if she wishes to truly embrace her own future.
Gia is a woman with past hurts that never truly healed. Now in an effort to save herself she must confront her pain and move forward.
Matt Lampert, Gia’s ex-boyfriend had been struggling with his demons since highschool. He was a mess then and got worst as dragged himself through college indulging in every illicit act.
Leo is Matt’s roommate, fellow football player, the boyfriend of Gia’s best friend, and a good guy. He and Quin, Gia’s best friend, do all they can to be there for Matt and Gia.
Tate is not your typical foot ballplayer. Raised by his grandfather he has old world values and is all in all a stand-up guy. He has become Gia’s new friend and shoulder to lean on in her time of need. He desires to help Gia but he can only do so much.
What I liked
I liked the way Tawdra Kandle, addresses an issue that is facing and destroying too many young lives in our society today. I like the message of hope and the true feeling of friends looking out for each other, doing what is best in the most difficult situation.
The very heartbreaking manner in whichever every detail is laid bare is enough to make us want to get involved in this fight.
I also liked the way a terrible situation is turned into a message in a bid to save other young lives, similarly affected.
What I Didn’t Like
This book needs no changes. Its bittersweet message packs a punch.
Stamp of Approval
I would certainly buy this.
By Candy Benn