BLOOD BROTHERS has received wide critical acclaim:
Direct, honest language and raw emotions will grab readers by the heart.
Horn Book Guide Reviews (2008)
Clay Gardener, respected hospital employee and loyal but conflicted friend, joins the ranks of veteran, engaging young adult characters such as Chris Crutcher’s Louie Banks and S. E. Hinton’s PonyBoy . . . This reviewer cannot wait for the writers next effort.
5Q - Hard to imagine it being better written.
4P - Broad general or genre YA appeal.
This compelling story, told in diary entries that cover hours and days, never loses the pace as Clay races to discover what happened during Joey's lasy day. The antidrug message is never didactic, and the story will grab readers from the first sentence.
Harazin’s painfully precise writing dissects the hospital’s stingingly sterile, evenhanded distribution of life and death, as well as Clay’s disjointed life, which is stunted by small rations of parental care and money. It is Joey’s tenuous grip on life, and Clay’s deep bond with him, that will keep readers’ hearts racing.
School Library Journal
I love it when I can say it was a good book because it was just darn good storytelling. Absolutely looking forward to seeing what else this writer can do.
Musings of the Book Goddess
Gripping and raw, BLOOD BROTHERS is a page-turning novel that grabs you by the heart and won't let go.
Gail Giles, author of What Happened to Cass McBride and Playing in Traffic
BLOOD BROTHERS is an inspiring story of love, strength, and sacrifice. The relationship between close-as-brothers Clay and Joey will break your heart and heal it, all at once.
Nancy Werlin, National Book Award finalist, author of The Rules of Survival and Locked Inside
S. A. Harazin has written a terrific novel of friendship, family, longing and belonging in BLOOD BROTHERS.
Teri Lesesne, goddess of young adult literature
BLOOD BROTHERS is a gritty mystery which is relentless in its pacing. . . The author's long career working in hospitals, beginning as a teenager, is clearly responsible for the vivid depictions of hospital work . . . will hold the interest of all but the most squeamish readers.
I'm excited about BLOOD BROTHERS because it's one of those books I know I'll be able to "book talk" to my students and really have them begging to know more.
The tightly written, tense story is a page turner that will stick in your head after you finish it. I can't stop thinking about it.
MARCH 1, 2015
Praise for PAINLESS has already begun rolling in!
Harazin effectively combines typical teen angst with actual life-threatening consequences. The heightened emotions David experiences are felt all the more when considering they may be his last.
Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2015
... This story cleverly portrays one extraordinary teen’s authentic—and yes, painful—struggle for love, redemption, and independence. In addition to being a writer, Harazin is a registered nurse, and her medical expertise adds a note of straightforward honesty as she describes David’s struggle with a rare, but real, disease.