TITLE: Mirror mirror
AUTHOR: Cara Delevingne & Rowan Coleman
RATING: 2 stars
WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS: HachetteNZ sent me a physical copy in exchange for an honest review
Friend. Lover. Victim. Betrayer. When you look in the mirror, what do you see?
Sixteen-year-old friends Red, Leo, Naima and Rose are like anyone their age: figuring out who they are and trying to navigate the minefield of school and relationships. Life isn’t perfect, but they’re united by their love of music and excited about what the future holds for their band.
That is until Naima dies in tragic circumstances, leaving behind only one word. ‘Sorry’.
What awful truth was she hiding? What dark secret was lurking behind her seemingly sunny persona? And how did Red, the self-styled protector of the group, fail to spot the warning signs?
While Rose turns to wild partying and Leo is shrouded by dark moods, Red sets out to uncover the truth and find out what – or perhaps who – was responsible for Naima’s death.
It’s a journey that will cause Red’s world to crumble, exposing the dark and dangerous truth behind the fragile surface of their existence. Nothing will ever be the same again, because once a mirror is shattered, it can’t be fixed.
While this wasn’t the biggest disappointment of 2017 ( I had some worries going in ) This was a pretty disappointing novel. Mirror Mirror, follows our main character ‘Red’ Who is friends with a rat tag group that formed a band. Unfortunately one of the members goes missing, and then turns up and is put into an induced coma. The second half of this novel follows Red as he discovers who he is.
Straight off the bat, I’m going to say what my biggest issue with this book was; using someones sexuality as a plot twist. As someone on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum, it’s offensive to see the issues we go through, trivialized and used for a shock factor. That’s just my opinion.
The most redeeming point of this novel, was the characters. While some were rather one dimensional, there were some really great characters who seemed REAL. It was enjoyable to read about Ash, the only character I really loved, as she had motives and wants and seemed like someone you’d see walking down the street. It’s because of her, that I didn’t mind the last 20% of this book, but the rest of it really dragged for me.
Expanding on the ‘dragging’ issue, I just found it too similar to paper towns. (A main character runs away alot, but then they finally permanently run away, and the other character has to find out what happened) and I found that a little weird since Cara acted in that movie… but, if I take away the similarities, this book was okay, it dragged mainly because it seemed to not be written greatly, I found myself having to re read lines to understand what was happening and I was honestly bored the whole time as nothing in the writing really caught my attention.
Overall, this REALLY wasn’t the book for me, if you’re a fan of paper town esque books, or are a super fan of Cara, or hell, are new to YA, you might have better luck than me
until next time,