Book Review for A Zebra Like Me by Amy Maurer Jones

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A Zebra Like Me is such a sweet story about a brave girl who has had to live with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. EDS is a complex disease affecting a persons entire body, but the mental aspect is a hard burden to carry. Not only does the main character, Maybelle struggle with injuries and frequent illnesses, she constantly battles with depressive tendencies. She wants to be normal, whatever that is. To her, going to school without the risk of breaking a bone from a simple fall is it. Or being able to walk down the hall without being in excruciating pain. She wants to fit in, not have people look at her with pity pouring from their wondering gazes. She wants….a regular, teenage life. So, she sends a little note heaven bound…a note gracefully falls the sky, and the story begins. You are not alone, Maybelle.

The character, along with any person dealing with chronic conditions, YOU are not alone.

As a nurse, seeing, dealing with kids who have EDS and other illnesses made this book a bit more personal for me. These kids endure the unthinkable, every single day of their lives and for the most part, they keep going just as Maybelle does. Amy did a fantastic job writing this story so, as a lay person, you can easily understand what’s going on in the characters life. Man, I just cried while reading this book. If you know of anyone struggling with an illness, regardless of what it may be, A Zebra Like Me can help them. Just, READ THIS BOOK! I can’t encourage you enough. Even if you’re wanting to read a book about a girl who likes the guy next door, then read this book. Family issues, first love, first kisses, first date, first dance, first EVERYTHING are all part of this great book, are you catching on? Read and enjoy!

New Young Adult Release by Amy Maurer Jones: A Zebra Like Me

~BOOK BIRTHDAY~

 
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A ZEBRA LIKE ME

BY

AMY MAURER JONES

 

Maybelle Dawson longs for normalcy and belonging. Often misunderstood, she struggles with a rare disorder, labeling her a Medical Zebra. 

Maybelle’s happiness and well-being threaten to slip through her fingers as she battles to take control of her life. She faces a never-ending battle on her journey to find love, courage and friendship in a world lacking acceptance. 

With the guidance of her guardian angel, Maybelle finds her way out of emotional and physical isolation to discover lasting love and amazing friendships. 

A Zebra Like Me is the story of one teenager’s battle with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a disorder affecting one in five thousand people.

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About the Author
 
 
 

Amy Maurer Jones has been happily married to her own version of Edward Cullen for sixteen years. She lives in the small town of Tabor City, North Carolina (close to the North and South Carolina shore) with her husband Kelly and their two beautiful children, Olivia and Keaton.

Amy loves reading and writing Young Adult because she finds young people inspiring. She appreciates how teens are able to look at the world with a fresh perspective and willingly open their minds to the endless possibilities that life has to offer. She particularly enjoys writing strong heroines who face problems head on, learn, grow and mature into the type of people who do the right thing.

When Amy isn’t reading and writing, she teaches high school theater arts and dance. To say that Amy has a flare for all things creative would be an understatement, just don’t ask her to assemble anything that requires instructions or sadly, you will be out of luck!

Favorite quote:
“You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost.” ~ Martha Graham

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~Author’s Note~
 
A Zebra Like Me is a work of fiction but Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and the message in this story are very real. I have EDS and I’ve learned to live with this disease. Sadly, much of my battle has been seeking compassion and finding acceptance from those who don’t understand it. My mission in publishing this book is two-fold.

7 Days till Christmas Holiday E-book Giveaway Author Spotlight: Amy Maurer Jones

Tonight I’m hosting Amy Jones, author, mom, teacher and well, super woman. Amy has graciously donated Wildflower (Wildflower, #1) for the giveaway. Wildflower is a fun historical romance read. Be sure to check out what a few fellow GR reviewers had to say below.

“Amy Jones you make me Moan! Lol ew that’s gross, but anyway WILDFLOWER was intense, intriguing, emotional and amazing! I absolutely loved it!” ——Amanda (Hootie) Clark (Goodreads)

“Wildflower is a very sweet high-school romance story with a historical fiction paranormal twist!” ——Tess (Goodreads)

Be sure to check out Amy on her blog, or follow her on twitter @AmyJonesSQ Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win Wildflower today!

Blurb

Love can be tragic.

17th Century America:
A Shaman’s daughter falls in love with an Englishman,
only her hand has been promised to a warrior.

Tears fall.
Promises are broken.
Rage is unleashed.

Souls are bound or shattered.

Present Day:
Laney Stillwater dreams about a boy she has never met,
but she longs for the attention of the ever popular and gorgeous, Jordan Stone.

Time tempts change.
Destined souls awaken.
Love gets a second chance.

Souls are bound or shattered.

What will destiny offer this time?

Reconciliation or more despair?

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