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13 Minutes

Becca Crisp used to be one of the popular girls till her best friend Tasha dumped her. At least she had her boyfriend Aiden. He was her world. Becca was glad she had a new BFF. Hannah was attentive towards Becca. She could be a tad clingy, but that was better than having no friends. 

Becca’s world is thrown for a loop when Tasha is found on the banks of the river. A dog walker finds her. Tasha was officially dead for 13 whole minutes. Becca is not sure if she should go visit Tasha in the hospital, but figures since they used to be so close she should at least reach out. For some reason Tasha seems to connect with Becca better than with the Barbies once she gets out of the hospital.

As Becca re-enters the world of the “Barbies,” as Tasha’s clique is called she recalls all the past closeness they used to all share. The other Barbies Jenny and Hayley are cold and cruel towards her. Becca can’t understand where things went wrong, why she was pushed out of their insulated nest? Jenny and Hayley seem jealous over Tasha renewing her interest in her friendship with Becca.

Solving the mystery of why and how Tasha landed in the river is filled with fits and starts. Becca thinks she has it figured out until something shocking occurs that rocks their whole town. Are the Barbies who they portray themselves as being?

This novel goes into depth on the topics of friendship, control, relationships and how they aren’t always as neat as they appear on the outside. As children the status of being Best Friends Forever with a friend is a coveted role. It’s the highest pinnacle of a teen’s life aside from having an official boyfriend or girlfriend. When you gain that status is it truly forever? 

If you enjoy YA that has suspense, mystery, drama, snarkiness then I highly recommend 13 Minutes.  This book sucked me in from the first sentence, though the use of the word shit was a tad overused. I received my free ARC of 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough from NetGalley in exchange for my review.

The Girl In The Red Coat

I don’t quite recall which Youtuber recommended The Girl In The Red Coat, but one day I decided to buy it. The cover is a striking shade of red. As you read the story you get the significance of the red coat and the red shoes.

This book is about eight year old Carmel who decides to be naughty and wander off at a book festival with her mom, Beth. This story covers what happens to Carmel after she wanders off and the repercussions it has on her life, her mom’s life and her dad’s. The author wrote very poetically, but the novel felt dragged out. I give it 4/5. If it was a tad shorter I’d probably give it 5/5. It is a thought-provoking book and worth the read.

Come Home

Lisa Scottoline hooked me with her hilarious memoirs written with her daughter Francesca. It wasn’t till this year when I borrowed a copy of, Every Fifteen Minutes, that I discovered her magic at writing fiction.

Lisa’s fiction is realistic, intense, colorful, emotional and hard to put down.  This novel is about the life of pediatrician, Jill Farrow, whose rebuilding her life after an ugly divorce with her ex-husband  William. She has a new relationship with a loving man named Sam. Her daughter Megan feels love and protected by her mom’s fiancé. Life takes an ugly turn when Jill’s ex-step daughter Abby shows up  drunk with the news that her dad, William is dead. Jill can’t stand her ex, but still cares about his daughters Abby and Victoria. Abby is sure her dad was murdered due to how died. Jill doesn’t want to believe the worst, but when Abby goes missing she wonders if there is something to Abby’s suspicions.

This book deals with the topics of divorce, what makes up a family and can ex family members still be considered family after the divorce is finalized? What would you do for loved ones even when society tells you it shouldn’t matter now that you are divorced and out of their lives? This book is fast paced. I read it in 2 days. 410 pages of nonstop, action, guessing where Lisa was taking the storyline and rooting for Lisa.