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As she approached her 18th birthday, Debney Nichole Armstrong was preparing for the beautiful future until her plans were torn to shreds. During the chaos of a romantic dinner turned teen party, Debney learned of the death of her family, slept with a few guys, and topped it all off by ending up pregnant. In one horrible night she learned  her past was a fabric of lies and none of her friends were true. Yes, sometimes relationships in families end tragically. People leave; parents die, bullies come around, and lives change. But does it all have to bring out the skeletons in the closet?
What she really needed to know was:
  •  Did her mother contribute to the 'accident'?
  •  Who is the man repeatedly mentioned in her mother's journals?
  •  Where were the bodies of her ten year old twin brothers, and
  •  Who is the father of the child she now carries?
No matter what the answers are, Debney knows, nothing will ever be the same.
**As an added bonus, Debney shares more through entries in her online journal dna-bloodtiesandlies.blogspot.com/



"D.N.A.: Nothing Would Ever Be The Same" deals with many very tough subjects. It is a young adult read but nevertheless, despite my age and even with my grandmother status, it managed to capture my attention right from the get go.

It is not an easy novel to read because, as stated, it deals with some pretty tough subject matter...the sorrow of losing one's immediate family due to a tragic car accident...the powerful effect of alcohol and its ability to numb one's pain and cloud one's vision...teenage pregnancy...the lack of compassion and kindness as well as the eventual relentless bullying by one's peers....it doesn't get much worse than this or does it? No wonder the first chapter is titled, "Sometimes Life Sucks" because it sure as heck did in the life of 18 year old Debney Nicole Armstrong. In essence, it does get much worse as more and more bizarre information unfolds when Debney reads the journals of her now deceased mother.

When reading this fictional novel I was shocked, heartsick and yet heart warmed all at the same time by the events taking place in this protagonist's life. Debney, with the support and encouragement of her two closest friends, Giante and Nadine, succeeds in overcoming many personal problems and survives the consequences of living in an extremely dysfunctional family.

Talented Author Ey Wade certainly has a vivid and creative imagination and can spin a memorable tale that will capture the interest of a wide reading audience. I very much enjoyed reading this YA novel...I'd have to say that it is a good read for the young at heart too!

Inspirational Author & Book Reviewer ~ Dolores Ayotte UP THE "DOWN" LADDER


on December 31, 2011
D.N.A. -Nothing Would Ever be the Same What a great read about a dysfunctional family. It's written from the viewpoint of an eighteen year old, Debney Nicole Armstrong (DNA), a strong main character who is not only the valedictorian of her high school, but pregnant as well.
This book's for you if you love wrenching personal trials, emotional highs and lows, terrific descriptions of a young woman's movement through life and her internal dialogues, and beautiful writing.

Full of extraordinary events, DNA will keep you turning pages until the very end.


This is a brilliant look at a dysfunctional family and how the daughter rose above it. The night before a family holiday Debney is told, yet again, she is not to come with them by her mum. They go off on holiday and she has a party. The police arrive at her house to tell her her family has been killed in a car accident. There is some mystery surrounding her brothers. She makes some bad choices and finds she's pregnant, what will she do?

This was a deeply moving story. I was near to tears in many places. the way Debney was treated at school, the aftermath of the accident and finally it all coming together. The triumveret of friends in Debney, Nadine and Giante was wonderful. Most of the story was told in flashback and the story unfolded slowly but coherently. The pace of the story was perfect, and there were no confusing moments at all. The ending was fantastic, just how I hoped it would be, and warmed my heart.

This is a great story and I urge people to give it a go. Great for Young Adults and Adults alike.


This book is intended for Young Adults but it is a great read for anyone. I can see however why Young Adults would be attracted to it because the book is so honest and young people can relate to the trials and struggles of the heroine. No hold backs here. The characterazations were spot on as was the dialog, the pace of the book and the mystery and suspense. I give this book 5 stars. Having it on my Kindle was also a plus since I couldn't put the book down. A MUST read or Christmas gift for that young adult in your life that seem to have lost interest in reading.


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D.N.A.--Nothing Would Ever be the Same is a gripping and engrossing young adult read by Ey Wade. Creatively told in present time and through memories, this novel draws you into Debney Armstrong's life.

On the night of her eighteenth birthday, Debney's life changes forever: Debney loses her virginity to the love of her life, Gianté De Vicari; learns that her parents and twin brothers died in a horrible accident in Italy; and after that, she gets drunk and taken advantage of by members of the football team who were at her house to celebrate her birthday. In spite of all of these events, Debney is an amazingly strong character ready to take on the world alone even when she discovers that she is pregnant. Worse still, Debney has no idea who the father is. I was impressed with Debney's ability to deal with estate matters, continue with her senior year, and graduate valedictorian. Especially since Debney's best friend, Nadine Cook, all but abandons her when the other kids at school terrorize Debney. With that in mind, I wasn't sure that I liked Nadine's character, but Nadine grows as a character by the time Debney is ready to give birth. I was happy to see Nadine mature and realize that she really needs to be there for Debney as the baby's arrival approaches. Gianté believes he is the father of the baby and wants to be there for Debney and the baby, even if she is adamant that he go to college and get on with his life, which made me sympathize with his character.

Debney's strength and intelligence shine when she goes on a TV show to determine the paternity of her baby. Despite the show's intent to present Debney in the worst possible light, she shows her inner resolve and does not lose her temper with the show's host, F.J., when he calls her names she doesn't like. Debney puts the host in his place by using his birth name instead of his stage name, which made me cheer out loud.

With well-developed characters, D.N.A.--Nothing Would Ever be the Same, which also contains plenty of surprising plot twists about Debney's family, keeps the pages turning rapidly to the dramatic conclusion creating a thoroughly enjoyable story that is perfect for adults and young adults alike.

I received an eBook copy from the author for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Captivating Reading.
on December 29, 2012

Seventeen year-old Debney Armstrong is left behind while her parents along with her twin brothers go on vacation. Debney is happy that her mother is gone as they don't get along, but will miss her father and brothers. Feeling guilty her father gives her the green light to throw a party for her birthday.
She decides to have the party but with one twist, it will be a party for two only.

Unfortunately for Debney the event doesn't go as planned and she has to deal with some uninvited guests. And to top off her night the police show up bringing devastating news with them, which in turn has Debney acting out of character. The consequences of her actions cause her friends to back away and inspire spiteful teenagers at her school to stop at nothing to bring her down.

What happens next invites the reader into a dysfunctional family, where Debney finds out just what type of person she has for a mother and the real reason for her mother's hatred. With brutal secrets coming to light via her mother's journals, Debney's begins to realize that her very existence is questionable. But a bigger question looms...is her mother REALLY capable of murder!

Once opened, a whole slew of secrets seep out of Pandora's Box bringing emotional turmoil to the star character Debney Nichole Armstrong. In the wake of adversity Debney is put through the wringer, something that at her age should never happen. But in this case it did and author Ey Wade did an excellent job with the plot and the emotional aspect. I mentioned a dysfunctional family earlier, but the nice thing about this story is you don't realize the severity until the story unfolds. From every corner of her life Debney is challenged, and to see how she handles it...well you need to pick up this novel and if you know a teenager, place one in their hands for required reading.
Ms. Wade rolls out this story beautifully with impeccable timing. I was so engrossed and totally shocked at Debney's mother...the real reason I believe this book is called D.N.A.
A highly recommended read!

Locksie
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Brenda Perlin rated it 5 of 5 stars
"Teenage fantasy knew no bounds; reality drained the joy out of life."

“D.N.A. Nothing Would Ever Be The Same” by Ey Wade is an emotional YA story that is both gripping and entertaining. Readers will find there plenty to connect to in one way or another, as the drama ensues. The main character Debney has a certain flair that is unmistakable. Even after going through such grief she still manages to be a character to be reckoned with. I love her boldness and right to the point attitude. Kids are cruel but she has a strong personality that will not fall apart.

This story captured my interest right away. The plot is a bit unusual and yet is has a lot of real-life drama and feeling. The on going mystery makes this a suspenseful ride all the way through.


This story captured my interest right away. The plot is a bit unusual and yet is has a lot of real-life drama and feeling. The on going mystery makes this a suspenseful ride all the way through.
on September 21, 2012
This story was so engaging from start to finish. It shows that even the brightest and maturest can be victims and encounter struggles in life. This book is a breath of fresh air. Ey Wade is genius! I will recommend this book to anyone, any age, but definitely my 15 year old daughter and my 15 & 13 year old nieces. Very inspiring and enduring story.

on August 15, 2012
This is the second book I've gotten my hands on by Ey Wade. As always, I am enjoying the depth of this story. I love a plot where characters are faced with adversity and find new strength within. (Poor Debney, and shame on those who complicated her life and hurt her).

I also love realistic dialogue and flawed, realistic characters;this book has all of the above and more. I recommend this book/author not to mention the children's books in her collection.
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on July 12, 2012
D.N.A. was another example of excellent writing by Ms. Wade. She was able to bring a fairy tale ending to a story full of tragedy.

Debney was a teenager living amongst a dysfunctional family. Though her father truly loved her, he lacked the courage to stand up for her until it was too late. Her mother, a typical "gold digger" put that child through things no 17 year old should experience.

With all that Debney had to endure while attending school, her pregnancy, and after finding out the truth about her parentage, I'm really surprised she did not have a nervous breakdown.

There was a cloud with a silver lining for her at the end and I was glad that she had true friends (one who may have shunned her in the beginning and one who was in love with her) stood by her through the whole ordeal. I enjoyed the ending very much, like I said in the beginning, she had her fairytale dream come true.




on March 8, 2012
The character of Debney Armstrong is a very unusual and remarkable one. Given her life history, she is remarkably grounded and strong. I don't pretend to understand the character. As a male I'm just as confused and clueless about all women, but there are unexpected qualities in Debney that I think most male readers will have trouble getting their head around. There are few strong ethical male figures in the novel, perhaps only one. The story line is incredible for many reasons. Debney has the best of luck and the worst of luck. Her family was unbelievably and irreversibly broken. Yet somehow she finds incredible strength. It helps that her family just happens to be as unbelievably rich as it is morally bankrupt. Not on it's face a stretch of the imagination, yet money can and does solve some of her problems.
The author has presented a complex young woman who's life is tested on so many levels. Reading it, for me, was captivating as I tried to get my head around the circumstances which created Debney's complex last year of high school and at the same time wondering how she could possibly resolve so many issues. In the end, the book has a lot of information to consider about teen angst, bullying, teen pregnancy and peer pressure. Add into it some issues surrounding multiculturalism which challenge traditional thinking about social status and wealth - you have a thoughtful yet entertaining read. I'll remember these characters for a long time. And that is one of the signs of a good book. Unlike most young audience books you will read, the mature content is careful and thoughtful in its presentation. While I think the book will be possibly more appealing to women, I think it offers a unique perspective and voice to speak to males who are comfortable getting inside the head of a courageous woman who has suffered incredible losses and mountainous challenges yet remains true to her core beliefs which she must have developed pretty much from her own good heart and fine mind.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 27, 2011
Truculent and defiant teenagers are not unusual, but ones that have to face one tragedy after another and deal with the consequences of their reaction to them are not. In this story, Ey Wade expertly portrays a young girl, Debney, whose mother fails desperately in the parental love department. When tragedy strikes, she makes one wrong turn that changes her life dramatically. An 18-year-old could go down one of two paths in these circumstances - the road to self-destruction or the road to self-fulfilment. Debney has to find an inner strength to choose the right one.

This was beautifully written by Ey, mostly in flashbacks. Debney is a well-conceived character with spunk and intelligence, and despite the disinterest and lack of love from her mother, or maybe because of it, she is a warm and selfless character. Her closest friends, although diverse in character are likeable and their mixed ethnicity bonds them tightly. All the characters in this book were well-drawn, the story is nicely paced and the result is a delightful YA novel.


on January 23, 2012
Debney's life up to this point has been uniquely sad. Raised by a mother who showed no affection and a father who couldn't seem to relate, Debney could have been a problem child, but managed to do things right and becomes valedictorian of her class. Then, on the night of her eighteenth birthday, while having a party at her home, Debney finds out that her entire family has died in a car accident. Although the details are sketchy, Debney's grief leads her to a wrong decision, which leaves her, not only alone in the world, but pregnant as well.

What Debney does next, and how she handles her life from this point is what Ey Wade's novel is truly about. The situations and emotional responses are heart-warming and the story is sweet and well-written. D.N.A. is a truly poignant story that will have you shedding a tear and cheering for joy.

I'm giving D.N.A.-Nothing Would Ever be the Same, a 4 spider rating and recommending it to anyone who loves a `winning' story!

DJ Weaver


on July 13, 2012
Today's review is on D.N.A by Ey Wade

It is said that there is still function in a dysfunctional family. But whoever said that, never meet Debney's family. In fact, she might as well be invisible. For as long as Debney can remember, it seems that her mother has never loved her, and the only way her father shows his affection is by buying things for her and her two brothers. All she has is her two best friends Nadine and Giante. But after the night of her eighteenth birthday, nothing will ever be the same.

Tragedy seems to be the constant in Debney Nichole Armstrong's,(D.N.A.) life as she is faced with the realities of her parents lives and their deaths. And as if that isn't enough, once the kids at school find out that she's pregnant and doesn't know who the father is, a whole new kind of Hell takes over. Not wanting to ruin her own reputation, even Nadine walks away. And not wanting her childhood crush to suffer, she tries to push Giante away to no avail.

D.N.A. has characters you can't help but fall in love with, and others that you will love to hate. And though the main character may have made irresponsible, teenaged decisions, it is a welcome difference to see that she is a loving, caring, and exceptionally smart woman, which proves that everyone makes mistakes. It's how you deal with the mistakes you've made that shows your true character, and in the case of Nadine, Giante, and Debney, they are way ahead of the game.

D.N.A. is a fantastic addition to anyone's home library.
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This book is the story of the ultimate dysfunctional family and how against all odds and having everything stacked against you, you can rise above it all!!

Debney is shunned and ridiculed by almost everyone at school. At home she has a mother who doesn't care for her at all and takes great delight in doing everything in her power to exclude her from feeling like she is a part of the family!!

There were many times whilst reading this book that I wanted to jump into the pages and shake someone!! Debney's mother who was just so cruel and callous and downright evil, Debney's dad who should have had a backbone and stood up to Debney's mum and Debney for turning away Giante when he was so willing to be her support!! But that is the beauty of Ey Wade's skill as a writer. She has this ability to make you become invested in the characters.

D.N.A is free flowing and well written. It is an easy although emotionally gripping read and I would highly recommend it to everyone!!

In reading D.N.A.-Nothing Would Ever Be The Same, i found myself on an emotional roller coaster. It was like watching one of those movies where you say,"Geesh, what else is going to happen to this young lady." But with the progression of the story, i saw the courage and strength of Debney come to the fore. This, I admit, kept me interested to see how she would endure. Cannot wait to read more from Ey Wade. Bravo

This novel will blow your socks off. It is well written, insightful and edgy. A thrill ride that keeps on giving.
on September 10, 2012
Ey Wade's D.N.A. pulls you into the cruel word of teenagers and the ridicule one lonely girl faces at the hands of her classmates. After hearing the news of her family's deaths, Debney Nicole Armstrong is left to pull the pieces of her shattered life into perspective and somehow go on living. Teen pregnancy was just one of the many hurdles this young woman had to endure and endure she did. Although faced with the dilemma of being the "Party Favor" Debney is faced to raise her child alone. It's not until she realizes who her true friends area and what they are willing to do to help her get over the devastation life has tossed her way. I just wish things could end this happy for all teens that are faced with the hurdles Ms. Wade's character had to face. She demonstrates inner strength and self respect can conquer the most arrogant.

Ms Wade pushes the reader into the unforgiving world of teens and the bullying that surround our children on a daily basis.

"D.N.A." is an insightful novel written by Ey Wade. Debney is a complex character who stands brave in the winds of adversity. I think everyone can say they would be proud to associate with a young woman with as much courage as the main character. The plot is constantly moving and like a detective hinging on clues, the reader draws them out one by one. Light is slowly shed on the events that dramatically changed Debney's life one fateful night. Wade's story draws attention to a situation many young girl's find themselves in.



Ey Wade has created a fascinating and courageous character in Debney Nicole Armstrong, who lost her entire family in a car accident on her eighteenth birthday, and realized she was pregnant not long after that. In spite of the insults, crude remarks, and hurtful pranks thrown at her in the last few weeks of high school, valedictorian Debney is determined to graduate and have her child, even though she is not certain who the father is. DNA is a look into an all-too-common issue in a multi-cultural setting. What kept me turning pages was Wade's deep insight into Debney's emotions as she found her way through the wrenching trials that followed and wondering when she was going to crash. This was a world foreign to me and I recommend this book as a great read.
Technically there's not a lot wrong with "D.N.A." There are a few word use errors that are clearly typos and one place that I spotted where a name was used when clearly the name of another character should have been in its place. The story opens with Debney being tortured and her revenge in short order and flashbacks to key events follow so that the reader understands the pain that the young woman has experienced. We are constantly reminded of how much she loves her father and how rich he left her and how evil her mother, select adults and classmates are. Adult characters occasionally seem to lend voice to the author in the story in lecturing about modern teenagers and how loosely they treat themselves and their sexuality and as the intended audience is young reader, that message may hit the mark.




This book is the story of the ultimate dysfunctional family and how against all odds and having everything stacked against you, you can rise above it all!!

Debney is shunned and ridiculed by almost everyone at school. At home she has a mother who doesn't care for her at all and takes great delight in doing everything in her power to exclude her from feeling like she is a part of the family!!

There were many times whilst reading this book that I wanted to jump into the pages and shake someone!! Debney's mother who was just so cruel and callous and downright evil, Debney's dad who should have had a backbone and stood up to Debney's mum and Debney for turning away Giante when he was so willing to be her support!! But that is the beauty of Ey Wade's skill as a writer. She has this ability to make you become invested in the characters.

D.N.A is free flowing and well written. It is an easy although emotionally gripping read and I would highly recommend it to everyone!! 
Keke Chanel rated it 5 of 5 stars
This story was so engaging from start to finish. It shows that even the brightest and maturest can be victims and encounter struggles in life. This book is a breath of fresh air. Ey Wade is genius! I will recommend this book to anyone, any age, but definitely my 15 year old daughter and my 15 & 13 year old nieces. Very inspiring and enduring story.
Georgina Young-ellis rated it 5 of 5 stars
Very cool story with good dialogue an slots of intrigue. I think young adultswill get a lot out of it!
M.T. rated it 4 of 5 stars
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This is a really good story.

A young girl finds herself alone and pregnant. Told that her whole family have been killed in a car accident half way across the world, Debney goes out of her mind and ends up paying a high price. Berated and ostracised by almost everyone around her, this is the story of one girl's fight to do the right thing and carve a happy life for her and her child.

Debney is an incredibly likeable character and it's really refreshing to see a teenage mother portrayed as what they most often are: just nice, normal girls in a difficult situation, rather than the stereotypical picture we are usually offered.

At times I was close to tears but all the way through I was cheering Debney on.
 

 
Sophie Russell rated it 4 of 5 stars Debney is just about to turn 18… You would think this time of year would be a time filled with joy and happiness… well that’s not always the case certainly not in the life of Debney Armstrong. Life has changed but not for the best.Will anything be the same again? will it all change for the worse? Or will life get better?

Life for Debney has never been a bundle of joy …being left alone while your family takes a vacation to the place of your dreams isn’t a great feeling as well as having a mother that has no intention of showing any affection to her only daughter. Feeling guilty her father lets her throw a party to turn 18 but little did she know everything would change from then on…

Debney has 2 close friends she has Nadine and the handsome Giante. Both characters help the book become reality enticing you in more and more to carry on reading about their different lifestyles.

What can I say next? Well where do I begin to mention the adventures that occurred or even the problems that were sooner or later resolved … DNA does not struggle to take you on an adventure of your life.DNA is very hectic and terrifying with a tint (ok maybe a huge amount)of worry.

I found that Giante became my main interest throughout as he was stubborn but had a great head on his shoulders to help and support Debney a lot of the times I was sat there in awe at what he was doing or tried to do but having two stubborn characters in one book can make you scream in pure annoyance to get one of them to give in ! I could feel what the characters felt at different times but felt a strong bond towards Debney and Giante. Must READ !

  It Boggles the Mind and Overwhelms the Soul,

This review is from: D.N.A. -Nothing Would Ever Be The Same (Kindle Edition)
An incredible young adult novel that took me through an emotional roller coaster ride with high school senior Debney Armstrong. She lives a life of privilege, but that does nothing to prepare her to endure a tumultuous world of events that no adult, let alone 17-year old teen, should experience. This story deals with some very tough issues: family dysfunction, bullying, teen drinking, loss of the entire family, teen pregnancy, and dark family secrets. From the first chapter, appropriately titled "Sometimes Life Sucks", to the final page, I was totally engrossed in this heart-wrenching, suspenseful story, alternating between wanting to shake some sense into Debney to wanting to envelope her in caring/comforting/sympathetic hugs. D.N.A.-Nothing Would Ever Be the Same is a mind-boggling, must read book that I recommend for not only young adults but adults and senior adults as well. Kudos to author Ey Wade. I was already a fan and am now a bigger fan.

deep love


In the spirit of Juno by Diablo Cody-


D.N.A. is the story of a teen surviving through the

questionable death of her highly dysfunctional family,

bullying from peers,and an unplanned pregnancy.


D.N.A. pulls no punches at being

an NA drama filled with

angst, heartbreak, suspense and deep

love.

My Life on the Brink

D.N.A. is a truly poignant story that will have you shedding a tear and cheering for joy. DJ Weaver | 2 reviewers made a similar statement
This book is intended for Young Adults but it is a great read for anyone. Debra Johnson | 3 reviewers made a similar statement
Full of extraordinary events, DNA will keep you turning pages until the very end. Carolyn Chambers Clark | 2 reviewers made a similar statement

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In the wake of adversity Debney is put through the wringer, something that at her age should never happen.

But in this case it did and author Ey Wade did an excellent job with the plot and the emotional aspect.

I mentioned a dysfunctional family earlier, but the nice thing about this story is you don't realize the severity until the story unfolds. From every corner of her life Debney is challenged, and to see how she handles it...well you need to pick up this novel and if you know a teenager, place one in their hands for required reading.

Ms. Wade rolls out this story beautifully with impeccable timing. I was so engrossed and totally shocked at Debney's mother...the real reason I believe this book is called D.N.A.
A highly recommended read!


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