Emily for Real

Author: Sylvia Gunnery
Pages: 190
Publisher: Pajama Press
Format: Paperback (ARC)
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads)
Seventeen-year-old Emily’s world crumbles when her boyfriend dumps her, and when she thinks her life can’t possibly get any worse, a series of secrets are revealed that threaten to tear her beloved family apart. Emily’s heart has been broken into a hundred pieces and she feels like there is no one to turn to, until an unexpected friendship blossoms with a troubled classmate named Leo. Sometimes moody but always supportive, Leo is Emily’s rock in an ocean of confusion and disbelief.

But Leo doesn’t have an easy life either. He struggles to be both mother and father to his little sister while his mom battles her alcohol addiction. His deadbeat dad darts in and out of the picture, and Leo would rather he stay away, permanently. The two friends lean on each other, and in the end discover the inner strength to face whatever life throws at them.

With incredible insight into the teenage psyche and speckled with pitch-perfect humor, author Sylvia Gunnery has created a heart-warming coming-of-age story that explores the intricacies of family and friendship.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My Summary: When Emily's grandfather dies, he leaves behind a few dark secrets that threaten to tear apart her entire family. To add to her troubles, her jerk of a boyfriend breaks up with her after meeting someone else. Emily's sure life can't get much worse - until her best friend starts hooking up with some guy and Emily's on her own. When she meets Leo, they develop an unlikely friendship that helps them both cope with the hardships in their lives.

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this novel. The pacing was great and the writing style was simple and easy to follow. Emily was not made out to be some amazing, special protagonist - she was just a normal girl going through a very tough time. I loved the realness of the characters and the situations - they seemed extremely genuine and realistic.

Emily's friendship with Leo was also portrayed very well - they were both people struggling with difficult situations, and the way they relied on and found solace in each other was really well-written.

Final Thoughts
: I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys realistic contemporary YA and coming-of-age novels.

1 comment:

  1. Glad you at least enjoyed it ... not my sort of story ... Nice review :)


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