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Young Adult Fiction 2553
It's a bunch of misfits
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First Impressions: I remember reading Lessons from a Dead Girl when that book was first published and I really enjoyed it. So, when I found out the author was coming out with Pearl, I knew I had to get my hands on it.

First 50 Pages: I struggled a bit through the first 50 pages. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it, but it was just so slow. 50 pages is a lot though in this book since the entire book just reaches past 200 total pages. Regardless, I was enjoying the characters and the laid back style of writing the author has.

Let me just stop and take a moment to say this is a difficult book to try to review. Why? Because I hate giving out spoilers and for a lengthy review, I would have to spoil this book way more then I want to.

The Plot & Style of Writing: As said before, the author doesn’t mince her words. The style of writing she incorporates is very straight forward and has a relaxed feel to it. This book is no exception from her previous titles. Everything flows very easily.

The plot is quite simple and I hate to say it, but predictable as well. The story centers on Bean and her best friend, Henry, in one setting, their neighborhood. There are multiple, big family mysteries and secrets going on in both households, which is what the book reveals along the way. Unfortunately, I figured most of secrets out about half way through the book. I wish the author had decided to hold back on giving hints throughout the story when she wrote the book. It would have made the ending and final wrap up much more surprising. Although, there was one twist I didn’t see coming regarding Bean and Henry’s fathers.

Characters: Bean and Henry have this really amazing relationship with one another and it is sweet to see them blossom in this book. They have this incredible bond of friendship and it was touching to see how Henry was always there for Bean when she needed him the most. Even though Bean is the central character and pushed the story along, the character I thought was the most interesting was Henry’s mother. As a reader, I felt more sympathy towards her character then I did for the children. Bean’s mother is quite the character as well. To say she is a horrible mother is a bit drastic, but she does lack in the whole motherhood department for most of the book.

I wish the author would have advanced Bean and Henry’s relationship just a bit more. Their romance could have been better developed then it was. It would have been nice to have seen Bean’s feeling progress for Henry. Her feelings seemed so sudden to me.

What I really love about Henry is that he isn’t your typical hot guy. He is a shy, slightly overweight loner type. So many books always make the main character’s love interest out to be this perfect guy every young girl would want to date. That isn’t the case here, which is so unique and I love it.

Final Thoughts: This book started out slow and was predictable, but was still a really good read. I really enjoy the author’s style of writing and the characters in this book are great. If you are looking for a heavy theme or heavy romance, this isn’t the book for you. There are some interesting and unexpected twists that kept me reading and I look forward to reading more books from this author.
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