BOOK REVIEW: Forgiving Trinity, by Liz Reinhardt

I’m very happy to be a part of the Forgiving Trinity blog tour, hosted by Amanda at Letters Inside Out! Below you can read my review and be sure to come back on April 12th for a Q&A with Liz Reinhardt! To visit other blogs participating in the tour or to check out the schedule, you can click on the tour banner above, or you can click HERE.

RELEASE DATE: December 11, 2011
PUBLISHER: Self-published
SOURCE: From Amanda at Letters Inside Out for blog tour

At seventeen, Trinity McCabe has already made enough mistakes to fill a lifetime. Especially the one where she got high, drove a car, and almost killed a dog. And then let her friend Aidan take the blame.

She’s clean now and desperate to fix the messes she’s made, but first she’s going to have to get out of her pajamas.

As Trinity struggles to stop sleepwalking through life, she faces the painful, tingling sensation of waking up. It’s sometimes embarrassing (she really didn’t want to have lunch with Aidan’s mom), sometimes terrifying (group therapy is beyond intimidating), and sometimes, amazingly enough, pretty romantic (who’d have though Aidan would be such a great kisser?)

Trin is lucky, though—luckier than she deserves, she’s sure—and she doesn’t travel this road alone. Her family, her therapist, and her new friends are all pulling for her. And it turns out, some of them have made pretty big mistakes, too.

But before she can embrace her new life completely, Trinity has to be forgiven by the one person who is holding out the hardest: herself. It’s not easy changing everything, especially when you don’t think you deserve a second chance. Trinity might make an even bigger mess of things before she figures that out.

When the smoke clears on her latest disaster, will anyone still be standing there?


Forgiving Trinity was an interesting book — actually, I found it quite interesting after finishing the book, while reading the author acknowledgements, learning about how the book was actually written. As it turns out — if you didn’t already know — Liz Reinhardt posted the first chapter of the story up on her new blog and discussed with fans and family what should happen in Trinity’s day to day life. It was like one of those “choose your adventure” kind of books, which is inspiring.

The book itself is about Trinity, a young girl who had gone through some tough times, getting into drugs and alcohol, the addictions eventually leading to a horrible accident for which her friend, Aidan, took the blame. Now Trinity’s clean and she wants to make amends, but she can’t help but think that she’s just not doing as much with her life as she possibly could, relying on her parents to carry her, not having any friends or any kind of a plan for what she wants to do with herself.

This was definitely a different read for me. Coincidentally, I was reading another book on addiction, Spin, by Catherine McKenzie, which had definite moments of seriousness, but plenty of humour sprinkled throughout as the main character in that novel, Kate, dealt with her addiction to alcohol. I found that in Forgiving Trinity, the tone was a lot more sombre and serious — the story coming across as very real.

I did feel that this story was a little slower going than other novels I’ve grown accustomed to reading — I would say that it’s more of a drama young adult novel, than anything. Things are definitely happening, but a lot of it is told in dialogue and emotions, rather than actual events.

One problem I had wasn’t really with the story itself, but more with the formatting of the ePub version I was reading — the layout was a little strange in that one event would switch to another without a definite break in the sections. Or, one character would be speaking, then the next would speak, but the formatting wouldn’t be too clear and I found I had to go back and reread certain sections. I’m not sure if this is only in the ePub version, but it was a little confusing at points.

While I didn’t find myself immediately feeling for the main character, sympathizing with her, I did appreciate her journey in the story and how she not only came to know herself, but also healed — and formed new — relationships around her. I enjoyed seeing her bonding with her parents and with her brother, Christian, as well as seeing her branch out and make new friends.

Forgiving Trinity is an enjoyable read, but definitely very serious in nature. It’s not a light, quick read, but rather, one that should be taken in slowly.

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3 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW: Forgiving Trinity, by Liz Reinhardt

  1. Thank you so much for your awesome review, Kristilyn!! I’m so sorry about the epub…it’s a formatted version that isn’t used for the ‘to buy’ option on Amazon and B&N, so it does tend to have some quirks. Please always feel free to let me know if you get a weird copy! I’m always happy to send a new format out…and I understand how that can jump you out of a story. But thank you very much for sticking with it and giving such a thoughtful review. It’s very appreciated!!

  2. I agree with your review mostly. The pace was a bit slow for me too since I am big time thriller junkie. I had problems with formatting. Mine was PDF.

    How was Spin?

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