Author: Emily Barr
Title: The truth and lies of Ella Black
Publisher + date: January 11th 2018 by Penguin
Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a honest review, thank you!
Ella Black seems to live the life most other seventeen-year-olds would kill for . . .
Until one day, telling her nothing, her parents whisk her off to Rio de Janeiro. Determined to find out why, Ella takes her chance and searches through their things.
And realises her life has been a lie.
Her mother and father aren’t hers at all. Unable to comprehend the truth, Ella runs away, to the one place they’ll never think to look – the favelas.
But there she learns a terrible secret – the truth about her real parents and their past. And the truth about a mother, desperate for a daughter taken from her seventeen years ago
What I think of it
Normally when I get an ARC I always finish the book no matter how bad it is, but this time I just couldn’t finish it. It’s written very poorly which made me laugh sometimes, yes it’s THAT bad.
In the book we follow Ella Black, which is in my opinion the biggest bitch and ungrateful piece of .. I ever met (I’m not even sorry). She thinks the world turns around her and actually wants her parents to get divorced, with no solid reason why whatsoever.
For some reason the author decided that having a mental illness is a good excuse for animal abuse. Yes you have read this right, at some point Ella ends up killing a bird with a hammer, like?? At this point I just felt anger and disappointment that an author actually thought this would be a good idea to put in a young adults book without any warning whatsoever. I just decided to stop reading.
It upsets me because it doesn’t only puts people with a mental illness in a bad light but also people who are adopted.
I have read The one memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr which was so much better but after this book I refuse to read a book of her ever again.