Lessons from a Dead Girl by Jo Knowles | Book Review #151

An unflinching story of a troubled friendship — and one girl’s struggle to come to terms with secrets and shame and find her own power to heal.451220

Leah Greene is dead. For Laine, knowing what really happened and the awful feeling that she is, in some way, responsible set her on a journey of painful self-discovery. Yes, she wished for this. She hated Leah that much. Hated her for all the times in the closet, when Leah made her do those things. They were just practicing, Leah said. But why did Leah choose her? Was she special, or just easy to control? And why didn’t Laine make it stop sooner? In the aftermath of the tragedy, Laine is left to explore the devastating lessons Leah taught her, find some meaning in them, and decide whether she can forgive Leah and, ultimately, herself.

TRIGGER WARNING!: Rape, Rape Mention, Pedophilia, Self Harm, Blood, Drug Use.

Lessons from a Dead Girl by Jo Knowles is a eye-opening book. Not only that, but I truly feel that this book gives a slight insight to people’s lives who are similar to Laine’s life. I read on the inside flap of the book that there’s a lot of self-discovery, and honestly that’s incredibly true. There’s so much that happens, so much that I can’t talk about due to spoilers.

Lessons from a Dead Girl is a heavy book that I won’t forget anytime soon.

There are definite spoilers beyond this point. You’ve been warned! Continue reading

Library Reads | #17

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Hello lovelies! As you can see, I have a Library Reads post for you today! I’ve been trying to put myself on a kind of library ban. I can get books as long as the books are part of a series I’ve started reading, or books that I’ve queued for in the past. — This ban isn’t working though! Which is totally fine, because library books are free for the most part.

Anyway, here are some books that I’ve borrowed from the library! I’m honestly looking forward to reading all of these babies. Continue reading