Book Review: The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr

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Blurb (as on Goodreads):

Ella Black seems to live the life most other seventeen-year-olds would kill for . . .

Until one day, telling her nothing, her parents whisk her off to Rio de Janeiro. Determined to find out why, Ella takes her chance and searches through their things.

And realises her life has been a lie.

Her mother and father aren’t hers at all. Unable to comprehend the truth, Ella runs away, to the one place they’ll never think to look – the favelas.

But there she learns a terrible secret – the truth about her real parents and their past. And the truth about a mother, desperate for a daughter taken from her seventeen years ago . . .

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Another misleading book, the cover is beautiful, the blurb is intriguing and the plot is, well, unexpected in a terrible terrible way.

Ella Black- a 17-year-old kid with a secret, which is nothing but her dark side- Bella. While Ella is a fun loving person and loves painting and hanging out with her friends, Bella draws happiness from killing and destruction. As the days pass Bella seems more in control of Ella than her positive side. Ella is struggling to make peace with her alter ego. But one fine day her parents pick her up from school and tell her that they are going on a vacation to Rio. Ella craves for an explanation, but Rio is the first point in her ‘Things to achieve’ list and Ella is genuinely happy.

But as she suspected, the vacation turns out to be more of a run-away rather than a planned vacation. Ella’s happy bubble is burst violently when she discovers a secret so terrible, she can’t bear to face herself. As her past catches up with her, Ella tries hard to stay calm and survive, even when Bella wants to take over and destroy the world.

The writing style is extremely dramatic and is overdone on epic proportions. The plot is meant to surprise us, and it does, but not in a good way. The climax was shabby and confusing. It was totally out of place and Ella ends up being the most annoying character in the history of annoying characters.

An utter disappointment, the plot could’ve been a bit more normal and realistic.

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4 thoughts on “Book Review: The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr

  1. Great post, I really enjoyed reading your thoughts! Tomorrow I’m publishing an interview with Emily Barr on my blog- it’s well worth a read as she has some fantastic things to say 🙂 (even though clearly this one was a disappointment 😦 )

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