Review: Adèle by Leila Slimani

Bentley’s Grade: D+

Title: Adèle
Author: Leila Slimani (translated from French by Sam Taylor)
Publisher and Date: Penguin 2019 (translation) 
Page Length: 216
Genre: Fiction

Brief Summary:
Adèle doesn’t know what she wants. On one hand, she’s got the perfect life: mother, doctor’s wife, journalist; on the other hand, her insatiable desire for sex and secret rendezvous with various men leave her unsatisfied and discontented. After months of cheating, Richard finally learns of Adèle’s infidelity and confronts her. Unable to leave Adèle, and with the hope of rehabilitating her, Richard decides that they will leave their home in Paris and live a quieter, less complicated life in the countryside. But is rehabilitation possible for Adèle? 

I found myself racing through the novel not because I was enthralled, but because I wanted to get it over with. Continue reading

Review: All of this is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor

Bentley’s Grade: A

Title: All of this is True
Author: Lygia Day Peñaflor
Publisher and Date: HarperTeen 2018
Page Length: 418
Genre: YA Fiction

Brief Summary:
After the book reading, Miri, Penny, Soleil, and Jonah not only manage to meet Fatima Ro, but they also receive a personal invitation to the author’s upcoming book talk. In the weeks that follow, the four friends form a bond with Fatima, a bond that allows for intimate conversations, and the sharing of what Fatima calls “genuine human connections.” But when Jonah becomes the victim of an attack sparked by the publication of Fatima’s second novel, Miri, Penny, and Soleil head to the press each with the intention of telling her own version of what really happened during their time with the famous author. 

Third time’s the charm. Three reviews in, and I can finally rave about a book! I’ve had to pare this down quite a bit because I was going on and on and on about all the great elements of All of this is True, but you don’t want to read an essay, right? No, I thought not. Continue reading

Review: Mirror Mirror by Cara Delevingne (with Rowan Coleman)

Bentley’s Grade: C-

Title: Mirror Mirror 
Author: Cara Delevingne (with Rowan Coleman)
Publisher and Date: Harper Collins 2017
Page Length: 355
Genre: YA Thriller

Brief Summary:
Naomi, Mirror Mirror’s bassist and lead songwriter, disappears without a trace, leaving the remaining three band members in shock and confusion. Eight weeks later, Naomi is fished from the Thames bruised and broken—but alive. While Naomi remains in her induced coma, Red, Leo, and Rose attempt to solve the mystery of their friend’s disappearance and along the way, they find themselves face to face with their own troubled home lives and inner demons. With the help of Ashira, Naomi’s older sister and proud computer wizard-hacker, the band mates’ search for clues leads them around London, to Camden and back, and finally to the dark net, where they discover the unsettling and graphic truth of Naomi’s whereabouts and who lured her there. 

Honesty, right? I promised to give you an honest critique, so here it goes: I did not enjoy this book.  Continue reading

Review: Bad Girls with Perfect Faces by Lynne Weingarten

Bentley’s Grade: B+

Title: Bad Girls with Perfect Faces 
Lynn Weingarten
Publisher and Date: 
Simon Pulse; Simon and Schuster 2017
Page Length: 285
Genre: YA Thriller

Brief Summary: 
Although Ivy broke his heart and sent him into a month-long funk, Xavier agrees to get back together with his ex-girlfriend. Sasha, Xavier’s best friend and the novel’s protagonist, believes that Ivy has no intention of remaining faithful, so she decides to catfish Ivy by creating a fake Instagram account. In the weeks that follow, “Jake” (aka Sasha) and Ivy engage in a series of intimate DMs and text messages, all of which Sasha plans to reveal to Xavier as hard proof of Ivy’s infidelity; however, after a failed attempt to confront Ivy, Sasha makes more than a few poor decisions—decisions that land Ivy with a sweater full a rocks on the bottom of the Florida Everglades.

I was skeptical of the novel at first, but I found it to be surprisingly enjoyable. It’s a very quick read—three to five hours depending on your speed. Continue reading