Friday, November 18, 2016

Book Review: Pearl

Title Pearl
Author Deirdre Riordan Hall
Release Date March 1, 2016

Run fast and run far, unless you’re fearless. Unless you’re courageous. I’m not, but I’d like to be.

Pearl Jaeger is seventeen and homeless after drugs, poverty, and addiction unraveled the life she shared with JJ, her formerly glamorous rock star mother.

This moment of happiness is fleeting; someone will take it from me.

When tragedy brings a chance to start over at an elite boarding school, she doesn’t hesitate. Yet the only salvation comes from an art teacher as troubled as Pearl, and she faces the stark reality that what she thought she wanted isn’t straightforward.

I trace the outline of my reflection in a window. I am no more than a replica of my mother. This is not the self-portrait I want to paint.

Through the friendships she forms at school—especially with Grant, a boy who shows Pearl what it means to trust and forgive—she begins to see a path not defined by her past. But when confronted with the decision to be courageous or to take the easy way forged by her mother’s failures, which direction will Pearl choose?

I really dig the author's writing style. There's something about it that really draws me in and wraps me up the in the story being told. Much like Sugar, Pearl is a raw and gritty story that proves life isn't perfect, but it's still worth living.

Pearl was a wonderful main character. She was flawed and battled with her own demons. I loved that through everything she was still someone we could root for. The struggles that she faced in the wake of her mother's addiction were realistically done and painted a true to life picture of how addiction affects everyone in an addict's life. Pearl's story is one worth reading.

I love character driven books and Pearl is definitely a favorite for this year.


5 out of 5 stars

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