The only sort of risk 18-year-old Laila Piedra enjoys is the peril she writes for the characters in her stories: epic sci-fi worlds full of quests, forbidden love, and robots. Her creative writing teacher has always told her she has a special talent. But three months before her graduation, he's suddenly replacedby Nadiya Nazarenko, a Pulitzer Prizewinning novelist who is sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed. At first, Nazarenkos eccentric assignments seem absurd. But before long, Laila grows obsessed with gaining the womans approval. Soon Laila is pushing herself far from her comfort zone, discovering the psychedelic highs and perilous lows of nightlife, temporary flings, and instability. Dr. Nazarenko has led Laila to believe that she must choose between perfection and sanitybut rejecting her all-powerful mentor may be the only way for Laila to thrive....
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“Laughter formed coils around them, thick rings between their bodies and the world. The galaxy drew in and in until its entire contents were this room, hardwood to crown molding, this light, gold splashes from low iron cages, and the feeling of this proximity, heat, and security. The timeline had broken like a seal and let loose something weightless. For a crystal instant Laila was borne up on its back and was invulnerable and immortal, and she was never going to let them go.”
This was such a ...more
a very realistic look at life
full review to come.
AS SEEN ON: A THOUSAND WORDS A MILLION BOOKS
SO. That happened.
I actually read one of my most anticipated releases of the year from one of my favourite contemporary authors and it DEFIED my already VERY HIGH EXPECTATIONS.
And I’m at a loss for words, staring at this blinking cursor thinking about HOW TO SUM UP MY FEELINGS ABOUT THIS MARVELLOUS CREATION, unable to pick up another book because BOOK HANGOVER wondering how to move on when, well, Final Draft was perfection in book shape.
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Laila has always been a writer, but she's lived far more of her life within the fantasy worlds of her stories and that of her favorite television show than in her own. But when her favorite teacher is in an accident and he's replaced with an award-winning author as a sub for the remainder of the year, her entire world is flipped upside down when suddenly, she's no longer getting A's on her writing but very low F's. The sub advises she live more to better understand human nature -- which will hel ...more
Review of this intense book is now at my blog, Trish Talks Texts.
I was so excited to read this and then was having trouble getting into it. I don't have a good track record with books that have other books within (like Fangirl, in which I skimmed most of the Simon Snow parts).
I am going to try again because I really want to make this work.
hooooly smokes. this book really blew me away.
something about the portrayal of laila's all-encompassing love of spectacular fiction as a way to avoid her own life combined with love and tragedy all at once at a pivotal time of her life... i am definitely very different from her but at the same time i saw so much authenticity in her journey and story and it really, really resonated with me.
i was completely engrossed from start to finish. what a truly wonderful book , i can't recommend it enough