Sunday, January 18, 2015

Book Review: Finding Laila

Title Finding Laila

Author T. K. Rapp

Release Date January 13, 2015

Joey, Cole, Haden and Braxton have been a constant in my life since
I was five, and I have loved being one of the guys.


I’ve been cheerleader.

I’ve been study partner.

I’ve been listener.

When we’re young, we don’t realize the profound impact certain people will have on our lives. I had no idea twelve years ago I’d meet four boys who would turn out to be my best friends, my soul mates - my barmy.

Now school is almost done, our last summer together is drawing closer, and I’m trying to hold on to what we have while I still can. After this we’ll have to say goodbye to each other, as our choices will take our lives in different directions. But I don't know if our friendship can survive once secrets and surprises begin revealing themselves to us at every turn.

When it’s all said and done, will our friendships remain unbreakable? Or will our once strong bond prove to be weaker than we anticipated?

Letting go is harder than I thought, but some changes are necessary.

And finding Laila...finding myself…may be the greatest journey of all.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22908032-finding-laila
Review

This was a wonderful coming of age story. Though there is a little bit of romance, its emphasis is on friends.

Finding Laila was very reminiscent of the ending of high school. Things change, people grow up (and sometimes apart), and we're left making decisions about which path in life to go down. A lot of the time, these things are overwhelming. Luckily, Laila has her "barmy" to help her through these times.

The only thing I was disappointed with (or maybe confused is a better word) was the epilogue. I don't think it made any sense and it didn't really fit with the rest of the story. I don't really understand why it was included and I think I would have been happier with the book overall if it didn't have an epilogue at all.

Rating

4 out of 5 stars

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