In Her Skin Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway!

 

Today we’re excited to be part of In Her Skin Blog Tour! Let’s take a look at the book.

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IN HER SKIN Blog Tour Assets

About The Book:

Title: IN HER SKIN

Author: Kim Savage

Pub. Date: March 27, 2018

Publisher: FSG

Pages: 304

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

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Sixteen-year-old con artist Jo Chastain is about to take on the biggest heist of her life: impersonating a missing girl. Life on the streets of Boston these past few years hasn’t been easy, and Jo is hoping to cash in on a little safety, a little security. She finds her opportunity in the Lovecrafts, a wealthy family with ties to the unsolved disappearance of Vivienne Weir, who vanished when she was nine.

When Jo takes on Vivi’s identity and stages the girl’s miraculous return, the Lovecrafts welcome her back with open arms. They give her everything she could want: love, money, and proximity to their intoxicating and unpredictable daughter, Temple. But nothing is as it seems in the Lovecraft household—and some secrets refuse to stay buried. As hidden crimes come to the surface, and lines of deception begin to blur, Jo must choose to either hold onto an illusion of safety, or escape the danger around her before it’s too late.


Review:

This was a creeptastic book!

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The dark premise intrigued me. I think I saw a Law & Order SVU episode that had a girl posing as a missing girl and her story didn’t turn out well either. I love that Jo went to con a family but as you read each page you started to wonder who was conning who?

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Savage does a wonderful job at keeping the mystery at bay but all the while keeping the pace swift with all the shocking plot twists. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough! It was a dark sinister read.

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Savage also does a wonderful job at painting a dark world with her vivid descriptions and interaction of the characters. It’s a haunting story full of secrets and at every twist and turn you hold your breath in anticipation.

Should you read this? Yes, In Her Skin was a twisted delight and a perfect dark ride for any reader of thrillers.

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About Kim:

I was born and raised in Massachusetts, on the South Shore, which sounds beachy, even luxe. Think Winnebagos and chicken coops. My three brothers, 16, 10, and 8 years older, were teens by the time I became a person. Happiest around adults, who often forgot I was there, I spent days eavesdropping on gossipy moms in lawn chairs and nights listening under the table during tipsy Scrabble parties.

My dad read to me nightly. Eventually and early, I read to myself, everywhere. On top of an enormous freezer chest stuffed with meat. On drives until I grew nauseous. In bed until my eyes gave out. I read anything I could get my hands on. V.C. Andrews and Dickens. Black Beauty and the Bible. The Economist. Madeline L’Engle and Margaret Atwood. National Geographic.

I got a bachelor’s degree in English from Stonehill College and a Master’s in Journalism from Northeastern University. For a while, I worked as a business journalist. Instead of waiting for the Federal Reserve to release the Beige Book, I pitched story ideas along the lines of “Stigmatized Properties: When Murder Kills Property Values”. You see where things were headed.

Today, I live with my family northwest of Boston in a town a lot like Shiverton, near the real Fells reservation of AFTER THE WOODS. Born with dysgeographica—I’m directionally challenged—the fear of getting lost in that lovely, dark forest lives close to my skin.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of IN HER SKIN and BEAUTIFUL BROKEN GIRLS, US Only.

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Follow the rest of In Her Skin Blog Tour!

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

3/19/2018- Bookhounds YA– Interview

3/19/2018- Hauntedbybooks13– Review

3/20/2018- Falling For YA– Excerpt

3/20/2018- A Gingerly Review– Review

3/21/2018- Dani Reviews Things– Interview

3/21/2018- Book-Keeping– Review

3/22/2018- Nerdophiles– Review

3/22/2018- JustAddAWord– Review

3/23/2018- Literary Meanderings– Interview

3/23/2018- The Desert Bibliophile– Review

 

Week Two:

3/26/2018- Pretty Deadly Reviews– Excerpt

3/26/2018- Riddle’s Reviews– Review

3/27/2018- Feed Your Fiction Addiction– Review

3/27/2018- Smada’s Book Smack– Review

3/28/2018- Storybook slayers– Excerpt

3/28/2018- Twinning for Books– Review

3/29/2018- Rainy Day Reviews- Review

3/29/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings- Review

3/30/2018- Bibliobibuli YA– Interview

3/30/2018- FICTION FARE– Review

 

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Aru Shah And The End Of Time Review

Today’s review was such a fun book and I loved the Hindu Mythology!

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Let’s take a look at this exciting series by Roshani Chokshi called Aru Shah and the End of Time!


 

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  • Age Range: 9 – 12 years
  • Series: Pandava Series (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents (March 27, 2018)

Twelve-year-old Aru Shah has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, she’ll be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from her latest archeological trip. Is it any wonder that Aru makes up stories about being royalty, traveling to Paris, and having a chauffeur?

One day, three schoolmates show up at Aru’s doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don’t believe her claim that the museum’s Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. Then she can get herself out of this mess and never ever fib again.

But lighting the lamp has dire consequences. She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction. Her classmates and beloved mother are frozen in time, and it’s up to Aru to save them.

The only way to stop the demon is to find the reincarnations of the five legendary Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata, and journey through the Kingdom of Death. But how is one girl in Spider-Man pajamas supposed to do all that?

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Review: I’m very glad that the imprint Rick Riordan Presents exists because of all the diverse mythological books that will be coming out for kids. Thank you!

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Roshani Choksh’si new series delves into the world of Hindu mythology. I love mythology and I wasn’t familiar with Hindu mythology but Chokshi did a wonderful job at bringing that world to life and immersing the reader into the fantastic adventure of Aru Sha.

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Aru was a wonderful character to follow. Being in middle school was tough and you can relate to Aru’s dilemma juggling school and the end of the world. I love how blunt she was and how she stretched the truth, but that can get her in trouble. She had wit and such a big personality for such a small child. You couldn’t help but love Aru!

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Chokshi writing was beautiful and vivid, filling each scene with breathtaking description.  Weaving Hindu mythology with the current world, Chokshi writing flows and the pace intensifies as Aru’s adventure deepens. Waking the cursed lamp called a diya thus waking demonic Sleeper, Aru has her hands full. Don’t fret! She has a guardian, a Pigeon named Subala, who Aru calls Boo…..

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Ah so cute!

Aru learns that she is the reincarnation of one of five Pandava brothers, each the child of a different god! What’s a girl to do when such a revelation is revealed? Take on a quest with your reincarnated soul sibling and stop the Sleeper.

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I look forward to more of Aru’s adventures! I was left satisfied with the ending and anticipate for the second book because….I need more!

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Should you read this? Yes! If you like the Percy Jackson series than pick Aru Shah and the End of Time and enter the world of Hindu mythology with a strong female lead in Aru Shah and follow her adventure with every turn of the page.

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About the Author

Author Roshani Chokshi
Roshani Chokshi (www.roshanichokshi.com) is the author of the instant New York Times bestselling novel, The Star-Touched Queen, and its companion, A Crown of Wishes. She studied fairy tales in college, and she has a pet luck dragon that looks suspiciously like a Great Pyrenees dog. Aru Shah and the End of Time, her middle grade debut, was inspired by the stories her grandmother told her as well as Roshani’s all-consuming love for Sailor Moon. She lives in Georgia and says “y’all,” but she doesn’t really have a Southern accent. Her Twitter handle is @roshani_chokshi.

 

 

 

People Like Us Blog Tour: Review

Today we’re excited to be part of the People Like Us Blog Tour!

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Let’s take a look at this exciting new thriller!


 

BOOK DESCRIPTION 
A sharp psychological thriller that’s just right for fans of One of Us is Lying and Thirteen Reasons Why–this story will seduce, mislead, and finally, betray you.
Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she’s reinvented herself entirely. Now she’s a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl’s body is found in the lake, Kay’s carefully constructed life begins to topple. The dead girl has left Kay a computer-coded scavenger hunt, which, as it unravels, begins to implicate suspect after suspect, until Kay herself is in the crosshairs of a murder investigation. But if Kay’s finally backed into a corner, she’ll do what it takes to survive. Because at Bates Academy, the truth is something you make…not something that happened.
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 Review:
I love murder books!

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 Right at the beginning in chapter one I was immersed in the book when Jessica Lane’s body was found. The suspense started right off the bat and the thrills continued until the very end.

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Kay is a strong athlete who keeps her head in the game when the dead girl sends her on a scavenging hunt. The whirlwind plot kept me guessing. All the characters were interesting but what I loved the most was the LGBT representation. It didn’t overpower the book and it wasn’t the main focal point. It felt fresh and real. You can easily picture the everyday lives of these normal boarding school girls…or as normal as can be when a murder happens.

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Dana did a wonderful job at immersing the reader in the boarding school. The plot flowed easily with each turn of the page. There was plenty of backstabbing, guessing on who was the murderer and secrets, especially those of Kay’s.

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 Should you read it? Yes, if you like thrillers with a great cast of characters and the constant guessing on who’s the murderer this book is for you.

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AUTHOR BIO:  
Dana Mele is a Pushcart-nominated writer and a work at home mother. A graduate of Wellesley College, she is a former actor, lawyer, musician, and briefly, associate producer. She prefers tea to coffee, snow to sand, and stars to sunshine, and she lives in the Catskills with her husband and toddler. This is her first novel.
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Follow the People Like Us Blog Tour!

WEEK ONE
February 19 – Lindseyybooks – Review
February 20 – Bibliobakes – Review
February 21Bookish Bug – Review + Creative Instagram Picture
February 22Twinning for Books – Review
February 23The Bookish Crypt – Review
 
WEEK TWO
 
February 26Brooke Reports – Review
February 27Bookish Delights – Review
February 28Here’s to Happy Endings – Review + Styleboard
March 1Never Too Many To Read – Character/Suspect Profile
March 2Dauntless Books and Penguins – Review
 
 
WEEK THREE
 
March 6Touch My Spine Book Reviews – Review
March 7The Night Owl Book Blog – Review
March 8A Simple Taste of Reading – Review
March 9Books.Tea.Quotes – Review + Instagram Picture

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Fat Girl On A Plane Review

It’s not often that you get to read your friend’s book.

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I’m so proud of my friend Kelly deVos. All those hours we spent writing together, Kelly worked hard and was determined to publish. Well now she has a book coming out in June! I’m so excited and it’s a must read! Let’s take a look at Fat Girl On A Plane!


 

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen (June 5, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • Pre-Order the book:  BN Amazon

 

High school senior Cookie Vonn’s post-graduation dreams include getting out of Phoenix, attending Parsons and becoming the next great fashion designer. But in the world of fashion, being fat is a cardinal sin. It doesn’t help that she’s constantly compared to her supermodel mother—and named after a dessert.

Thanks to her job at a fashion blog, Cookie scores a trip to New York to pitch her portfolio and appeal for a scholarship, but her plans are put on standby when she’s declared too fat too fly. Forced to turn to her BFF for cash, Cookie buys a second seat on the plane. She arrives in the city to find that she’s been replaced by the boss’s daughter, a girl who’s everything she’s not—ultrathin and superrich. Bowing to society’s pressure, she vows to lose weight, get out of the friend zone with her crush, and put her life on track.

Cookie expected sunshine and rainbows, but nothing about her new life is turning out like she planned. When the fashion designer of the moment offers her what she’s always wanted—an opportunity to live and study in New York—she finds herself in a world full of people more interested in putting women down than dressing them up. Her designs make waves, but her real dream of creating great clothes for people of all sizes seems to grow more distant by the day.

Will she realize that she’s always had the power to make her own dreams come true?


 

Review:  There comes a time when you read a book and know…this was what the world needs. That’s just what I thought when reading Fat Girl On A Plane. The world NEEDS this book. Girls, young and old, need this book.

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This book takes a sensitive matter of peer perception and adds humor and empowerment to body positivity. It’s something in this day and age, especially in the fashion industry, that girls need to see.

Cookie is a fantastic character. Intelligent, witty and strong. She’s a teen fashionista who wants to make fashion for ALL body types. You can’t help but root for her all the way. You feel for Cookie, whether it’s the airplane scene or the interactions with her model mother. Kelly brings the emotions. You will rage for Cookie. You will cry with her and you will go “hell ya” at her accomplishments. Cookie is a relatable character that enters your heart and pulls at your soul.

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Kelly does a wonderful job at the different times lines, the Cookie in the past as overweight and the Cookie in the present as thinner. I never got lost in the timeline switches and it added more depth to the story. The description was wonderful and immersed you in the setting. I saw every color of fabric and pictured every outfits. Kelly seems to have a true nature for fashion as it shows in her work with Cookie.

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The wit and charm of Cookie just added to the strength of the story about family drama, dating, peer perception, friendship and body image. It was a wonderful read of one girl’s determination to go after her dream but to also be true with herself. Fat Girl On A Plane is a read for everyone. Cookie takes you on an emotional journey that leaves you rooting for her until the very end, which is satisfying. Once I closed the book I was left thinking about certain scenes and wondering what society would be like if we all could be just like Cookie.

Should you read it?  YES! Fat Girl On A Plane is a must read that speaks truth about societies perception of body image with a strong female heroine who breaks boundaries for body positivity. You won’t want to put this book down until the very end.

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About the Author:

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I am a Young Adult writer living in Gilbert, Arizona, represented by Kathleen Rushall of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. I have a degree in Creative Writing from Arizona State University and am a contributor to Adventures in YA Publishing. My debut novel, FAT GIRL ON A PLANE, will be published in 2018 by Harlequin Teen.

Follow Kelly:  Twitter * Facebook * Instagram * Blog

The Last Mrs. Parrish Review

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062667572

 

Amber Patterson is fed up. She’s tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who blends into the background. She deserves more—a life of money and power like the one blond-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish takes for granted.

To everyone in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut, Daphne—a socialite and philanthropist—and her real-estate mogul husband, Jackson, are a couple straight out of a fairy tale.

Amber’s envy could eat her alive . . . if she didn’t have a plan. Amber uses Daphne’s compassion and caring to insinuate herself into the family’s life—the first step in a meticulous scheme to undermine her. Before long, Amber is Daphne’s closest confidante, traveling to Europe with the Parrishes and their lovely young daughters, and growing closer to Jackson. But a skeleton from her past may undermine everything that Amber has worked towards, and if it is discovered, her well-laid plan may fall to pieces.

With shocking turns and dark secrets that will keep you guessing until the very end, The Last Mrs. Parrish is a fresh, juicy, and utterly addictive thriller from a diabolically imaginative talent.

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Review:

This book might be one of the few books that left me pumping my fist at the last page.

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I literally sat up in my chair a couple of chapters toward the end of this book because I had a thrill course through my body, a giddy sensation to what this outcome would be.

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The Last Mrs. Parrish starts off with Amber, a woman who has dedicated her life with a heinous plan to snatch a wealthy husband, even if he’s married.

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Amber has set her sight on wealthy entrepreneur and extremely handsome, Jackson Parrish, and to get to him she makes friends with his wife, Daphne.  Daphne seemed to have the perfect life of wealth with two little girls. She also runs a non-profit called Julie’s Smile, in honor of her sister who died from Cystic Fibrosis. This seems to be the only downside to her life.

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It’s quite clear that Amber only wants Jackson and it doesn’t matter that she would be tearing a family apart. So honestly I never liked this character or connected with her. I was getting frustrated with Daphne and Jackson and the cluelessness to Amber’s plans. I was almost to the point of putting the book down when I reached the halfway point  where Daphne’s chapters arrive…and thing got interesting.

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The story shifts from Amber’s third person narrative to Daphne’s first person point of view. It was any easy flip because honestly I loathed Amber and relished Daphne’s side of the story. Secrets are revealed in Daphne’s chapters and the pace quickens. Believe me this is where you strap in and hold on tight for the twisted rollercoaster of a ride Constantine gives you.

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I finished this book in two days because I had to know what happened. The ending resolved all issues and I was immensely satisfied. Constantine did a wonderful job at immersing the reader into two different characters’ setting and the outcome that they each played in the story. She did a wonderful job at showing the luxurious lives of the wealthy by describing the details of clothing, purses, beverages and monstrous homes. I marveled at the secrets revealed and the enjoyment I had reading this book. It’s definitely a fun read.

Should you read it? Yes! A thrilling read with twists and turns at every page with an ending that leaves you satisfied.

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Rosemarked Review

  • Series: Rosemarked
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (November 7, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 1484788559

 

A healer who cannot be healed . . .
When Zivah falls prey to the deadly rose plague, she knows it’s only a matter of time before she fully succumbs. Now she’s destined to live her last days in isolation, cut off from her people and unable to practice her art-until a threat to her village creates a need that only she can fill.
A soldier shattered by war . . .
Broken by torture at the hands of the Amparan Empire, Dineas thirsts for revenge against his captors. Now escaped and reunited with his tribe, he’ll do anything to free them from Amparan rule-even if it means undertaking a plan that risks not only his life but his very self.
Thrust together on a high-stakes mission to spy on the capital, the two couldn’t be more different: Zivah, deeply committed to her vow of healing, and Dineas, yearning for vengeance. But as they grow closer, they must find common ground to protect those they love. And amidst the constant fear of discovery, the two grapple with a mutual attraction that could break both of their carefully guarded hearts.
This smart, sweeping fantasy with a political edge and a slow-burning romance will capture fans of The Lumatere Chronicles and An Ember in the Ashes.

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I LOVE FANTASY. Books, movies, comics, manga…

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Anytime I can get my hands on a new fantasy book I’m excited. Rosemarked didn’t let me down.

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Zivah is a healer but soon becomes infected with the Rose Plague.  There is no known cure and most who contract the infection die, become forever plagued and infectious or on the rare occasion come out free from the Rose plague and immune, called Umbertouched. Zivah is forever Rosemarked and must stay in isolation away from her family and village. Dineas was tortured by the Amparan Empire but escaped to reunite with his tribe. He had the Rose plague and survived as one of the few Umbertouched. Together they both infiltrate the Amparan Empire as spies to help save their people.

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This was a great political fantasy. The chapters alternate from Zivah and Dineas point of view and I loved getting inside their heads. It becomes really interesting when Dineas memories are taken away by Zivah. The tension Zivah feels with the Dineas with memories and without creates great drama because she likes one more than the other. And to watch Dineas struggle with his thoughts regarding his mission and Zivah with and without memories is intriguing.

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The descriptions were vivid and I felt like I was right there with Dineas and Zivah’s on their secret quest. I couldn’t turn the page fast enough to see what happens next. This was a great start to a new fantasy series. I definitely will pick up the next book because I’m invested in these characters.

Should you read it? Yes! An engaging fantasy with interesting characters and an action packed plot.

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I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter Review

 

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (October 17, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 1524700487

 The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian meets Jane the Virgin in this poignant but often laugh-out-loud funny contemporary YA about losing a sister and finding yourself amid the pressures, expectations, and stereotypes of growing up in a Mexican-American home.
 
Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents’ house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family.

But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga’s role.

Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has failed.

But it’s not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought. With the help of her best friend Lorena, and her first kiss, first love, first everything boyfriend Connor, Julia is determined to find out. Was Olga really what she seemed? Or was there more to her sister’s story? And either way, how can Julia even attempt to live up to a seemingly impossible ideal?

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Review:  Once I finished this book I knew it would go down as one of my 2017 favorite books.

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Julia, 15,  loses her sister Olga in a tragic accident. Olga was the model of a Mexican daughter, working and going to college. Julia was the opposite. After Olga’s death her family falls apart. Julia’s mother is now over protective and controlling of her. Her father works long hours and retreats into silence after Olga’s death.

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Julia suffers from depression after Olga’s death and I love how the books shows that and the road to recovery, especially with a quest to discover who Olga really was. The characters were relatable and felt realistic. Sanchez does a wonderful job at making the other supporting characters stand out like Amá and Apá. You want to root for them all.

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This is a wonderful book about Mexican culture, trying to hold onto tradition while exploring new changes, and learning truths about a person you thought you knew. I truly enjoy the diversity of the characters and cultures in this book. It was a refreshing read that was engaging and fast pace.

Should you read it?  Yes! A great book full of diverse characters and a spotlight on a wonderful culture. A refreshing read!

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About the author:

Erika L. Sánchez  Erika L. Sánchez is the daughter of Mexican immigrants. A poet, essayist, and fiction writer, she is the author of a young adult novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2017), which was recently longlisted for the National Book Award, and the poetry collection, Lessons on Expulsion (Graywolf, 2017). Her nonfiction has been published in Al Jazeera, Cosmopolitan, ESPN.com, the Guardian, NBC News, Rolling Stone, Salon, and elsewhere. She has received a CantoMundo Fellowship, a Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship to Madrid, Spain, and a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. She is a 2017-2019 Princeton Arts Fellow.