Saturday, April 13, 2024

Disrupted by B. Lynn Goodwin Blog Tour Book Review

About the Book:

The San Ramos High students are busy rehearsing their performance of Our Town when the school and the surrounding towns are rocked by a 7.1 earthquake. As a series of unusual aftershocks disrupt the town further, their school is deemed unsafe, and the show is postponed indefinitely unless they can find a way to turn that bad luck around. Dealing with their own personal difficulties and led by the stage manager, Sandee, who is working her way through the loss of her brother, they attempt to bring the community together, make the performance a success, and do their share to raise funds to rebuild. Both the show and life must go on!

Publisher: Olympia Publishers

ISBN-10: 1804393487

ISBN-13: 978-1804393482


Print Length: 238 pages

Purchase a copy of Disrupted on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and You can also add it to your GoodReads reading list.

You can enter for a chance to win a copy and see a list of all of the stops on the blog tour here.

My Review:

This is an entertaining novel for high school age readers. Goodwin uses the background of recurring earthquakes to explore a number of issues of interest to youth. There is a runaway, fleeing an unhappy home situation. There are young people who face great loss and must deal with grief. There is even a bit about being over weight and quite a bit about climate change. There are some good lessons about relationships and restoring them too.

Perhaps the best part of the book is how the young people rise up to help the community in the throes of disaster. Some exercise leadership skills while others show compassion for those in need. Even adults get in the act, inspired by the passion of the young people.

Goodwin has added good discussion questions and even some project ideas so this would be a good choice for a teen book group. It would also be of interest to high school students active in drama and the arts.

My rating: 4/5 stars.


About the Author:

B. Lynn Goodwin is the owner of Writer Advice,

Talent was short-listed for a Literary Lightbox Award and won a bronze medal in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards and was a finalist for a Sarton Women’s Book Award. A second edition cane out on November 1, 2020 from  Koehler Books. She also wrote You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers.

Her memoir, Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62 won a National Indie Excellence Award, a Human Relations Indie Book Awards Winner, a Dragonfly Book Award, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Best Book Awards Finalist & NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winner.

Goodwin’s work has appeared in Voices of Caregivers, Hip Mama, Dramatics Magazine, Inspire Me Today, The Sun, Good, Purple, and elsewhere. She is a reviewer and teacher at Story Circle Network, and she is a manuscript coach at Writer Advice. She always has time to write guest blog posts and answer questions. She loves working one on one, trouble-shooting, and helping writers find what works. Contact her to see how she can help you.

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Olympia Publisher, 238 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book through WOW Women on Writing. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by WOW Women on Writing.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

1 comment:

Lynn said...

I appreciate this review. Would you be willing to post it on