Hello, hello, hello everyone! Who wants to hear about a new book review? This book came out almost a year ago, and I got a copy from Netgalley and I like the author so I decided to read it.
Here it is... Amandine by Adele Griffin
Pub. Date: February 12th, 2013
Delia’s new friend is not what she seems
Each day of Delia’s first week of high school, her parents ask her the same question: Did you make any friends today? Finally, the answer is yes. Her name is Amandine, and she is the most exciting person in town. An artist, a dancer, and a teller of tall tales, she has enough charm to make Delia forget her loneliness. Like Delia, Amandine is an outsider—a city girl with too much personality for a small town.. Delia notices something strange about her friend from the start. Everything she says is a little bit too wild to be true. When the exaggerations get more serious, Delia finds it’s too late to escape. Amandine has chosen Delia—and if Delia isn’t careful, the vengeful, dangerous Amandine will set her life on fire. This ebook features a personal history by Adele Griffin including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s own collection.
My rating: 2 out of 5 lies!
My recommendation: If you like books about drama, and books with lessons, read this book.
My copy was provided to me by Netgalley.
Honestly, I didn't really like this book. Delia is a girl with no friends, no one she connects to. She's all alone in the world. Even her mother wishes she was someone else, someone who matters. But when Delia meets Amandine, she finds someone who cares. The problem is that Amandine cares too much. For once in her life, Delia has someone who cares what she thinks, someone who listens to her when she speaks. Amandine is the girl Delia has always wanted to be. And Amandine can be anyone she wants to be. She can be an actress, a singer, anyone.
But her imagination is too much. When Amandine's lies become too much, Delia's life falls apart and Delia must learn who her true friends are and what the consequences of a little white lie can be.
Amandine annoyed me. I hate how people who lie all the time turn on you and make it seem like you're the one who's been lying the whole time. It frustrates me to much!
Amandine had so many warning signs, but Delia still wanted to be her friend. Couldn't Delia see that Amandine's skits were her way of making new, elaborate lies? That Amandine's fantastical tales were just fantasy?
Even when Amandine's true self is shown, there was a part of Delia that wanted to be friends with Amandine still, a part of her that worshipped Amandine.
I didn't like the ending. It wrapped up too nicely and it made it seem like to fix your problems, instead of confronting them, you should just run away from them. I also didn't like how Amandine brought Delia's family into it and destroyed both Delia's and her parents' reputation.
This book was a quick, predictable read that does demonstrate the important lesson that lies just build up and up until they all explode, resulting in terrible consequences.