THE GIRL WHO CRIED WOLF REVIEW
I am honored to be part of an anniversary blog tour for The Girl Who Cried Wolf written by Bella James.
Rating: 3.75/5 stars
Sarah's Sucky Summary: Anna Winters spends more time thinking of illnesses than to worry about her A-levels. So when she starts getting headaches, she attributes them to her party girl lifestyle instead of cancer. Suddenly, her world is ripped from her as she tries to understand what it means to truly live, how we hurt the ones we love, and what it means to redeem oneself.
Onto my review.
I was struck initially by the voice in this book. It was so well-established, and although the character of Anna is the hallmark of an unsympathetic character (frankly, she's a bit of a bitch), you don't want her to die. You go through the whole book wishing for her to live, which I attribute to the author's talent at making unlikeable characters likable.
Her romance with fellow patient Michael does give you The Fault in Our Stars vibes, but that's about where the similarities end. In fact, I figure those that loved The Things We Learn When We're Dead by Charlie Laidlaw (which I loved) will also like this book. It also deals with dying and a chance at redemption.
Anna's journey to The Sphere, or that magical place of limbo between living and dying gave her an insight into her past mistakes and the plight of others that she never gave another thought to.
I loved the idea that even a nasty bitch can redeem herself and learn from her mistakes, because in this world, it is so easy to get caught up in someone's past and not see that they can change (of course, if they don't apologize or take responsibility, that's a different story). But Anna was truly remorseful, and she wasn't perfect by any means, but she was constantly trying and I believe that is a start.
This book also deals with family abuse and postpartum depression, which is something I rarely see covered without making them issue-books. That might be a trigger for some people, so be aware of it if you choose to read this book.
I was a little confused after Anna gets out of her limbo, because at times it seems like she's forgotten some of what she learned and remembers other things clearly, which may have been intentional of the author.
All in all, I enjoyed reading this book. It's a quick one you can get out in one sitting, but that doesn't mean it doesn't pack a heavy punch. It deals with learning to love fearlessly, and living your life the best you can, because you never know when it's going to be cut short.
f t c: I was sent a review copy courtesy of Accent Press UK.
Buy it here: Amazon