The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr
Genre: Contemporary | Young Adult
Length: 288 pages
Published on 11th January 2018 by Penguin
Purchase: Amazon | TBD | Waterstones | WHSmith
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ARC sent to work for consideration, finished copy received for review from TEENSgate and Penguin Platform.
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 . . .
I saw The Truth and Lies of Ella Black dotted around at YALC but unfortunately I missed out on any copies. Fortunately one showed up at work a few weeks later and of course the cover intrigued me. Then I found out that the next TEENSgate
I actually did very little reading up on this book before I started reading it, including not reading the synopsis.
So its my fault only when I say this book was not what I expected.
Warning, spoilers ahead.
Ella Black presumably has split personality and she calls her evil self Bad Ella. Or Bella for short. Which we get told a lot. A lot.
Anyway, I felt like when Ella was in school at the start of the book the writing didn’t feel up to par but once Ella left to the boundaries of school so there wasn’t the setting forcing her to seem her young the writing was suddenly a lot better.
Which I guess is to say that for the rest of the book it was very easy to forget how young Ella is supposed to be because she does a lot of questionable things.
Such as sneaking out with a guy she’s known for 2 hot minutes, drinking the night away, running away alone whilst in Rio, and then y’know choosing to stay ran away.
(This book has the quickest most instant happening of insta-love. So quick I honestly thought that he was going to also be a serial killer too?)
Parents are so lienent these days I guess.
Or exceptions are made when you find out you’re adopted and your parents are serial killers?
I wont lie, the book was a wild ride. I was intrigued to see where it was going and the “twists” were well hinted at early on in the book so that was some nice writing.
Added to this I was genuinely interested in seeing how Ella continued to handle her life, cause it wasn’t exactly usual and I was concerned for her safety.
I think given how much Ella focused on Bella I would’ve appreciated more of a focus on her recovery and treatment that she mentions briefly at the end or that we got more time with Bella other than her shocking introduction at the start (heeeeey trigger warning for animal cruelty) and some inner monologues with each other.
*sigh* I don’t know okay? Just for something that seemed to be a key point it wasn’t really a key point.
This book had potential. It fell short and I feel terrible that I can’t say I enjoyed it more but hey honest reviews are honest amirite.
Now back to watching Archer.
YOU’RE NOT MY SUPERVISOR
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