Tell Me Something Real…by Calla Devlin-Blog Tour

Posted August 31, 2016 by Karen in Book Tours, Books, Reviews /

Tell Me Something Real...by Calla Devlin-Blog Tour

Tell Me Something Real…by Calla Devlin-Blog TourTell Me Something Real

by: Calla Devlin
Published by:Atheneum Books for Young Readers on August 30th 2016
Genres:Young Adult
Format: Mobi (Kindle file)
Source: Publisher
Pages:304
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Rating:One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Three sisters struggle with the bonds that hold their family together as they face a darkness settling over their lives in this masterfully written debut novel.
There are three beautiful blond Babcock sisters: gorgeous and foul-mouthed Adrienne, observant and shy Vanessa, and the youngest and best-loved, Marie. Their mother is ill with leukemia and the girls spend a lot of time with her at a Mexican clinic across the border from their San Diego home so she can receive alternative treatments.
Vanessa is the middle child, a talented pianist who is trying to hold her family together despite the painful loss that they all know is inevitable. As she and her sisters navigate first loves and college dreams, they are completely unaware that an illness far more insidious than cancer poisons their home. Their world is about to shatter under the weight of an incomprehensible betrayal…


*I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

‘Tell Me Something Real’ is the story of three sisters dealing with a mother who has cancer. They must work through the complexity of their family dynamics to be there for their mother . The story is told through the first person account of Vanessa, the middle daughter.

I am always fascinated by the dynamics of sisters. I don’t have a sister myself but see, through my own daughter’s, that sister relationships can be one of the most complex and unpredictable. I loved how this relationship played out in the story. I also know that the process of dealing with a dying family member is one of the most heart wrenching and trying times a family can go through.

I really enjoyed this novel. I thought the characters were well developed and realistic and I thought the plot twist was interesting. I also loved the premise of the story. I have not read any other novels on this topic but I think it will resonate with many, as most of us have been in a situation of dealing with a terminal illness of someone we love.

 

 

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About Calla Devlin

Calla Devlin is a Pushcart nominee and winner of the Best of Blood and Thunder Award whose stories have been included in numerous literary journals and in anthologies, including Because I Love Her: 34 Women Writers Reflect on the Mother-Daughter Bond, for which she was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Magazine. 

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About Karen

Karen is a native Orlandoian and still lives there with her family. She loves reading Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction ,’Chick Lit', YA, and Southern Fiction. Some of her favorite things are fuzzy animals, Bigalow tea, and air-conditioning.
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2 responses to “Tell Me Something Real…by Calla Devlin-Blog Tour

  1. danielle hammelef

    I also don’t have a sister, but I see the conplicated relationship of sisters with my 3 daughters. I’m looking forward to reading this for the emotional impact as well as to read about the middle child relationships in this book.

    • thebookr

      Agree, Danielle. Sister relationships are so very emotional, fighting one minute, hugging the next.