Book Review- Grit

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Grit by Gillian French
Published by HarperTeen on May 16 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Pages: 304
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It’s summer in rural Maine; when seventeen-year-old Darcy Prentiss isn’t raking berries with her sister, Mags, and cousin, Nell, during the day, she’s drinking and swimming with the boys in the quarry by night. She knows how to have a good time, just like anyone else, but when you’ve been designated the town slut, every move you make seems to further solidify your “trashy girl” reputation.

But the fun is what’s been keeping Darcy’s mind off the things she can’t forget: a disturbing secret she shares with Nell, the mysterious disappearance of her ex-best friend, and that hazy Fourth of July party that ended with Darcy drunk, on her back, wondering how she let it get this far.

Then someone in town anonymously nominates Darcy to be in the running for Bay Festival Princess—a cruel, almost laughable gesture that can only be the work of someone with a score to settle. Everything Darcy has been trying to keep down comes bubbling to the surface in ways she wasn’t prepared to handle…and isn’t sure if she can.

Grit was a lot different than I thought it would be. Honestly I’m not quite sure what I was expecting, I just know that it was not what Grit turned out to be.

Darcy was surprisingly easy to relate to, and had so many dimensions that I’m not sure one book was able to explore them all completely. What I loved even more than that, though, was how dimensional ALL of the characters were. Each character felt like a real person. I wish that some of the characters were more explored *ahem Mason* but for the most part all of the characters had a chance to give some of themselves to the story.

I loved the emotions in the book, and I found myself at the edge of my seat on more than one occasion. Emotions are a large driving force in the story, not just for Darcy, but for the other characters too. Everything that happens feels so real, because of what causes each event to happen.

The ending of the book was amazing, but I wish there was a little more explanation of what happened to all of the characters. I feel like there are a few loose ends to be tied up. But, for the most part, I really liked it.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good, short summer read, or anyone who likes contemporary mystery. I am going to give Grit four out of five hearts.

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* An ARC of this book was provided to me by the author, however this in no way influences my review.
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My Most Anticipated Debuts of 2017

Every year new authors make their grand debut into the world of books. I love looking for new releases and seeing what these new authors are bringing to the table. This year (mostly because I have a blog) I’ve decided to put together a list of my top 10 most anticipated new releases of 2017.

Because it’s the beginning of the year, I’m only going to choose books that are being released by June 1017, and I’ll publish another post about my most anticipated debuts of months 7-12 when the time comes. So, without further ado, here I go!

  1. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti25546710 (January 3)

    I’m not sure how fair it is to choose this one, considering I’ve already read it and have put it on my top three of 2016 list, but I am super excited to have a completely finished copy of this book in my hands (and of course read it again!!). The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett is a beautiful and gripping story that I would definitely recommend for anyone looking for a quick fun read, or something to really get them thinking about life and what it means for people in all different types of situations.

  2. You Don’t Know My Name by Kristen Orlando (January 10)25876993

    Reagan is the ultimate spy. She can change identities overnight and lie without so much as blinking. She works for the Black Angels, the most powerful top secret agency in the world. However, on her new case she starts to fall in love. She begins to question the life she was born into, and whether she wants to stay a part of it. I’m a sucker for a good spy book (which you’ll see as the list goes on), and this one definitely gets me excited!! What’s better than a spy book? A spy book about a kickass girl who has to face who she really is.

  3. Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson30037870 (January 24)

    This book follows a girl named Mary, who was convicted of killing a baby when she was just 9 years old. After spending years in “baby jail” she is released to a group home and gets pregnant. When the state threatens to take her unborn child, Mary must finally face the past and reveal the true events of what happened. This book sounds like such a moving story, with lots of grit and emotion. I am so excited to see how the story plays out and find out what really happened.

  4. Caraval by Stephanie Garber (January 31)27883214

    Caraval is definitely one of the most buzzed about new releases this year, and I can’t help but join in on the excitement!! This book promises magic, love, mysterious sailors, and of course caraval, a show that happens once a year where the audience is part of the show. The story follows Scarlett, who is invited to the show only to find out that to win the show, contestants have to find her sister, Tella, who was kidnapped. This book is most certainly high stakes, and I have a feeling that once I get my hands on a copy, I’m not going to be able to put it down.

  5. This Beats Perfect by Rebecca Denton (February 2)33135198

    When Amelie becomes internet famous overnight, it is for the completely wrong reason. A picture of her was taken backstage at a concert, and suddenly the world wants to know who she is. Amelie has her own ideas about music; her own taste and her own style. She wants to be able to share her music with the world, but needs to overcome her fears to play the music she dreams of. This book sounds like such an inspiring and heartfelt coming-of-age story. I can’t wait to see what happens to Amelie and how she deals with the sudden fame before she is ready for it.

  6. Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliot (February 28)29102869

    This book follows Pea, a young girl with ADFID (avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder). Not only does this affect how she eats, but also causes anxiety, depression, and bad thoughts. When she falls in love, things take a turn for the worse. I am really excited for this book because it tackles a subject that not many people are aware of nor understand. I hope that it will bring a deeper understanding of the mind of someone with a disorder like this, and hopefully help spread awareness.

  7. Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean (April 4)30649331

    Marin Hamilton is 17 when she is orphaned and sent to live with her grandmother in Scotland. Then she receives an encrypted notebook from her dead mother that changes her life. She discovers that her parents were working for a secret international organization that now wants her to work for them. This book sounds like some fast paced action mixed in with a whole lot of secrets, suspense, and, of course, some love. Also look at that cover. Is that not the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen?

  8. The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich (May 16) 31145148

    Teenage spies, fake love, and secret deep desires. What more can you ask for from a book? Caden and Dylan are in the outside world for the first time and they are each after the same girl. Only, while they are competing for her heart, they must fight the feelings they have for each other. See what I mean!!?? This book promises amazingness, and I literally can not wait to get my hands on a copy. The plot sounds so intriguing and original, and it is bound to be an awesome story.

  9. Grit by Gillian French (May 16)31706530

    No one trusts the town “slut”. Especially when her ex-best friend goes missing. Grit promises to be an unforgettable and mysterious thriller. Also, it’s recommended for lovers of E. Lockhart and Gale Forman (which I am). With dark secrets threatening to come to the surface, seventeen-year-old Darcy sleeps around, stays up late, and tells lies to cope. But now there is someone challenging her with a score to settle. I have a strange feeling that this book is going to keep me up at night… and I can’t wait.

  10. Follow Me Back by A. V. Geiger (June 1)32470611

    Obsessive fans and a murder. A girl terrified to go outside. Pop stars and stalkers. This book promises to be a killer. I mean, thriller… This book is told through tweets, police reports, and other interesting mediums. Honestly I’m sitting on the edge of my seat just thinking about the book! I am eager to see how the book plays out, and experience the strange mediums of story telling as the plot slowly unfolds before me.

What books are you excited for in the first half of 2017?