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Feb 09 2018

The truth and lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr

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Penguin Books, 2018, ISBN 9780141367002
(Age: 15+) Highly recommended. Emily Barr presents a fast-paced, adrenaline-filled novel that keeps the reader on their toes right until the end. The novel follows Ella Black, a teenager who believes battling her inner darkness - which she has named 'Bella' - is her biggest challenge. That is until her parents take her out of school and whisk her away to Rio. Frustrated with her parents' refusal to provide her any explanation for their spontaneous trip, Ella's curiosity culminates in her finally discovering out for herself the purpose of their trip. The information proves to be devastating and Ella finds herself unable to cope with the result of her prying. She chooses to run away, and in doing so, uncovers even more deep, dark secrets about her life. Consequently, Ella must learn to cope with these revelations, whilst simultaneously exploring and coming to terms with who she really is.
An important tale about being comfortable with you are and where you come from, this novel is appropriate for ages 15 and up due to its references to violence and mature themes.
Ella is a fantastic protagonist, as her internal conflict and adventures keep the reader engaged, and unwilling to put the book down. The characters that she meets on her journey are realistic, wonderful, whole people that you will take with you even after you close the last page. If you're a fan of adventure, mystery and romance, you will not regret picking up this book!
Daniella Chiarolli

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