January 14, 2017

Someone I Wanted to Be by #AureliaWills @Candlewick #BookReview

 
When an insecure teen starts impersonating someone else, her life spirals dangerously out of control in a realistic, relatable novel about finding yourself—and discovering your true friends.

Leah Lobermier dreams of becoming a doctor, but it’s hard to stay focused on getting good grades when boys make oinking sounds at her in school and her mother spends every night on the couch with a bottle of wine. Leah’s skinny and popular "friends," Kristy and Corinne, aren’t much better and can hardly be counted on for support When the girls convince a handsome older man to buy them beer, Leah takes his phone number and calls him, pretending to be Kristy—coy and confident—and they develop a relationship, talking and texting day after day. But as the lie she created grows beyond her control, can Leah put a stop to things before she—or Kristy—is seriously hurt?
 




Aurelia Wills is the author of several Pushcart Prize–nominated stories, which have been published in literary journals and an anthology. She lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Someone I Wanted to Be was an okay book. I think that the beginning was just okay and it got better in the second half of the book. I couldn't completely get myself emotionally invested in this story or the characters though. There were a lot of hard topics being discussed in this book and not enough happy things to tone it down that I just felt really sad while reading this. 












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