Wednesday, February 5, 2014

{Review}{Giveaway} Life's A Capella by Yessi Smith

I want to tell you how great my life was. How I lived without regrets. With constant laughter. Without any tears. I want to tell you how I lived each moment to the fullest. How each breath I took was fresh and full of life. With eagerness. Without any fear.
I want to tell you all of that, but then my story would be masked with lies and not worth telling.
My life didn’t start until I left my past. And I left everything. My mother, my friends, my name.
My new name, the name everyone knows me by is Erin Lewis.
Four years after finding the courage to leave her hometown in Alabama, Erin is finally happy with where her life has led her. Not only is she secure in her environment, but the relationships she has formed center her, making her forget how damaged she once was. Before she can fully settle into her new life, her past crashes into her present, unraveling a set of events that destroy the very foundation she has built her new life on.

My Thoughts

This book's storyline was amazing. 
Rising above adversity to establish a sense of self and self worth when life throws you curveballs. Your true character shines through when faced with challenges, how you come out on the other side of the challenge is what really makes you, you. 

I got it and loved it but the execution of making me truly feel the emotions was not there for me. I felt bad for Erin and what she had to live through in her life but I never got a clear understanding of WHO Erin really was. The story was very fast paced, which I normally like, but with the dark subject matter, I expected to be taken on a journey and it was like the water down version of what I wanted.
 Erin was very back and forth and the relationship with Trent was not very convincing, I didn't feel their magic and honestly I thought Trent was being a brat through most of the story. The story kind of felt all over the place for me. One second they would be talking and doing something and then the next second the subject was completely changed. 
For instance, Trent was with someone else at the beach and Erin thinks they are together, Hell, I thought they were together and then that chick was never mentioned again... ummm what? 
It was odd, but that could be because I had an ARC, not the final polished book. 

What I thought was done well was the little girl's version of the story. I liked that and I liked how the author brought them together to tie it all together. Showing what can happen with children if they are brought out of terrible situations and given a fighting chance. Children are resilient and it showed in this story. I liked that Erin tried to start fresh with a new name, new everything, when she went to Miami. It showed she is a fighter because instead of letting the past claim her, she fought her way to become the adult she was in the story. 

Overall, there were things done well and things I found to be ok. I think with more information added, more emotions given, this book would have been phenomenal but its an really good for a debut novel!!

I give this book a 3/5 stars and if you want to check the book out for yourself go to the link below, it's only 99pennies right now!

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