AUTHOR: Kelly Buell
MY RATING: 3/5
I received an electronic copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. My thanks goes to the author for the opportunity to review this book.
*Synopsis taken from Goodreads*
Nevaeh has a child with long term illness who loses his struggle to acute myeloid leukaemia. She must learn to navigate her new life without him all the while surviving a turbulent marriage and dealing with sibling rivalry fighting for the job of her dreams.
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I can’t deny that I struggled with this book. The reason being that I found, (and still do find) myself torn. For every element that I enjoyed there was another that I did not, and as a result I’m struggling to decide whether I liked it or not.
So what is the book about? It’s about Nevaeh or ‘Nev’ and the struggles she faces as she navigates life following the tragic death of her young son. If his passing wasn’t enough to try and cope with she has a husband who shows himself to be pretty awful and a twin sister who appears to at best dislike her and at worst completely hate her. Just when she seems to be getting back on track by once again embracing her passion for dance, life quickly begins to unravel again.
I must admit that in my opinion there is just too much packed into this story. It is only a short book and as a result there wasn’t enough time to process one thing before another equally hard-hitting event was taking place. This left me struggling to keep up, but more than that it meant that the story became a little unbelievable. I think omitting one or two of the events that took place would result in a stronger book overall. It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy what was happening as such, but more that I just felt a little out of my depth with it all.
Having said that I couldn’t put it down, I found myself racing through it to find out what was going to happen next and I did enjoy reading it. For me the positive comes from the characters, primarily Nev, Marah (her sister) and Jaylen (her husband). They all provoked strong reactions from me, and they were designed in a way that meant they successfully contributed to Nev’s unfolding story. The supporting characters were ok, they existed to move the story forward and they served that purpose well. Nev’s best friend very abruptly disappeared from the story which proved a little frustrating and confusing because her disappearance wasn’t explained. This didn’t affect my overall enjoyment of the book too heavily but I did find it a little odd.
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Overall I rate it 3 out of 5 because I did enjoy reading it but unfortunately for each part that pleased me, another did disappoint me. I think the idea is great but the execution just wasn’t the strongest. Would I recommend this book? Hard to say. Whilst there are other books similar to this that I perhaps preferred there was just something about it that had me invested and therefore I don’t think you’d have anything to lose by giving it a try. As I said it isn’t a long one so it wouldn’t need much of your time.
Grit has certainly left me wondering. It’s not often that I struggle to sum up how I feel about a book but that’s where I’m at with this one. I guess the best way of putting it is that I’m happy to have read it, and I would read more by this author but I probably won’t reread this particular title.
Have you read Grit? What did you think about it? If you haven’t read it do you think that you will? As always I would love to hear your thoughts!
Thanks for reading, I hope that you enjoyed!