February 26, 2017

If You Were Here by Jennie Yabroff #BookReview

Is there a line between gifted and insane? How do you know if you've crossed it? 

Tess was semi-successfully passing for normal before her mother's erratic behavior turned her into social cyanide. Now life is only bearable thanks to weekend 16 Candles and Oreo binges with her best (and only) friend, Tabitha. Then Tabitha inexplicably drops Tess, leaving her alone with her fears about her mother and the troubling visions that leave her shaking with dread. Before Tess can come to terms with this loss, a horrific tragedy occurs at school, and everyone is blaming her. Now, Tess must find answers, fast: What really happened that night at school? Is she responsible? And do her visions mean she has a gift of prophecy, or the same mental illness
that is stealing her mom?

Jennie Yabroff was a staff arts and culture writer for Newsweek and now writes freelance criticism and essays from her New York base. She holds an MFA from Columbia University. This is her first novel.

Watch 16 Candles before reading this book the references in this book make it kinda of necessary to watch it first or you will feel slightly lost.   That being said this book was very good.  This book was a great blend of Magical Realism and very interesting plot!  The characters were great and the story really neat.  It was a lot better than I really thought it was going to be.  For a debut novel this is one author to keep your eye on!!!  I really can't wait to see what else she comes up with.  

This one will keep you reading until the very end.  It was a very easy read that would be great for a day at the park or at the beach. Friendship, Loss, Family, and Magic await the reader of this one! 

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