Freeing Tanner Rose by T.M. Gaouette

by | Apr 16, 2021 | General Fiction, Romance, Young Adult

Genre

Young Adult

Audience

Ages 14+

Author’s Worldview

Catholic

Year Published

2014

Themes

Friendship, Responsibility, Fame, Discipline, Actions and Consequences, Glamour, Society

Reviewed by:

Freeing Tanner Rose is a young adult contemporary romantic drama centering on Hollywood child star Tanner Rose, a fourteen-year-old actress who lives for the next party and dresses way too provocatively for someone her age. When Tanner blacks out at a typical Hollywood party, her mother sends her out to the backwoods of New England to clean up her act. Tanner’s desperation to seek out a good time clashes with Gabriel, whose clean-cut lifestyle strikes her as boring and “square.” Gabriel is sixteen years old, devoted to kung fu as well as his faith in God, to the point that he can come off as being very preachy, especially to Tanner.  How will these two teenagers ever get along?

Subscribe to Catholic Reads & Get Weekly Books 50% off to FREE

Tanner’s journey to cleaning up her act is a long one, as she constantly puts herself in dangerous situations. In the pursuit of fun and adventure, Tanner doesn’t consider the consequences of her actions. For example, she tries to run off with a bunch of college kids while she’s out on a camping trip. In another instance, she shows off large amounts of money while shopping, leading to someone trying to rob her. However, her recklessness hides a lot of insecurity. For Tanner, partying and getting into trouble act as relief from all the pressure people put on her.

That’s not to say that Gabriel is by any means perfect, either. He’s self-aware enough to realize that he sometimes acts self-righteous. His selflessness also implies some stagnation, as he doesn’t pursue things that a normal 16-year-old boy would, like dating or showing off his martial arts skills in a tournament. In spite of Gabriel’s preachiness, it’s clear that he does care for Tanner. He comforts Tanner when she is in the midst of a major emotional breakdown and he bails her out of a lot of dangerous situations throughout the book.

Over time, Gabriel and Tanner start to develop a genuine friendship. Tanner encourages Gabriel to enter a martial arts tournament. Gabriel’s good influence, in turn, helps Tanner when she inevitably returns to Hollywood and realizes that the things she used to consider normal and fun are really destructive. The book goes out of its way to show that the glamourous lifestyle often seen on TV and social media has a dark side that could end up with fatal consequences.

Since this is the first book in a series, I hope to see Gabriel and Tanner’s relationship blossom into a genuine romance. By the end of this book, though, they have gotten to the point that they’re at least good friends who care for each other.

Subscribe to Catholic Reads & Get Weekly Books 50% off to FREE

I would recommend this novel to young adults in high school, especially to young women. Although I can’t really think of a book to compare it to, the movie with AJ Michakla (Aly & AJ) called Grace Unplugged has similar themes to this book. (Famous girl trying to fit in with Hollywood while also being Christian.)

YA Trilogy Audiobook Giveaway

Enter HERE for your chance three free audiobooks from Jacqueline Brown's award-winning Young Adult Series. On Tuesday November 12th three lucky people will win this series. Three people will get all three audiobooks in Jacqueline Brown's award winning Young Adult...

Unlikely Witnesses by Leslea Wahl

When four boys glimpse a crime in their Colorado town they end up in an interrogation cell of the FBI.

Shadow of the Bear by Regina Doman

An intriguing story that will enchant with a sweet romance and take you on a thrill ride through the Gothic version of modern-day New York City.

Freeing Tanner Rose by T.M. Gaouette

Hollywood Starlet meets Kung Fu Country boy with a God obsession.

Secrets Visible and Invisible, An Anthology 

Tales of courage, compassion and virtue in compelling and naturally engaging Y.A. short stories.

Julia’s Gifts by Ellen Gable

A story of love and God’s providence in times of war.

The Table by Dennis Lambert

A table built by the grandfather of Jesus Christ survives the darkest moment in history to bring peace to a widowed musician

From the Shadows by Jacqueline Brown

In a broken world, Bria tries to unite a family even as she struggles to keep hope alive.

For Eden’s Sake by T.M. Gaouette

Life is precious whether it’s planned or not.

Shadow in the Dark by Antony Barone Kolenc

An immersive mystery and an amateur sleuth set in the walls of a 12th century English monastery

Aurora and God by G.M.J.

After her boyfriend’s death, can Aurora forgive God?

Feel-Good Books For Pandemic Summer

Book Therapy to chase the blues away

Everything Old: Love in Anadauk Book 1 by Amanda Hamm

Two youth group leaders rekindle their friendship and find love with each other along the way.

Defend the Tabernacle by Deacon Patrick Augustin Jones

Catherine and Bernard get whisked away to do battle on the Soulscape, where the true nature of things is revealed.

Someday by Corinna Turner

Ordinary schoolgirls face a terrible fate: abuse, forced marriages, and even death at the hands of Islamic extremists.

A Distant Prospect by Annette Young

Lucy has been broken by the horrors of polio and the war for Irish Independence. Can Australia offer her a new life and a new home?

Outlaws of Ravenhurst, by Sr. M. Imelda Wallace, S.L.

The 10-year-old heir of a noble Scottish family must choose between his inheritance and his Catholic faith.

If Wishes Were Dragons By Karina Fabian

What happens when LARPing becomes a lot more real than a group of D&D players can handle?

McCracken and the Lost Oasis by Mark Adderley

A swashbuckling adventure into Catholic history and archeology.

Saving the Statue of Liberty By Andrea Jo Rodgers

Can John save the Statue of Liberty and keep from getting kicked off the team and out of the Academy?