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Pearl Book Review

The author sent me an e-copy in exchange for an honest review


Goodreads Blurb

Book: Pearl
Author: Deirdre Riordan Hall
Genre: YA Contemporary / Realistic Fiction
 Rating: ★★★★★

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This book follows Pearl Jaeger, a young lady who is the daughter of Janet Jaeger, a drug addict who once was a rock star. Being the daughter of a drug addict was causing problems to Pearl, and one day something bad happened and her uncle started to take care of her. She was sent to a boarding school, and there she met some cool friends and a few problems too. In other words, this book follows the life of a young girl who once believed she was alone, but after all she wasn’t.

“Trying to figure me out would make you crazy. I know, because I’ve already tried.”

I really enjoyed this book. I felt so attached to Pearl at times because when I was younger I felt alone and lost too. Pearl’s life wasn’t easy, you know. She had a drug addict mother, then she had to be by herself in a boarding school, she found friends but they liked drugs too, then something bad happened to her mother, she wanted to be surrounded by drugs and alcohol all the time because she was sad, she broke up with her boyfriend… and more. Being a teenager is hard, and that’s what most adults don’t understand. This girl was brilliant, intelligent, and kind but she had a lot of problems and using drugs was the easy way to forget them. As I said, being a teenager is hard and people think we don’t have problems and that we have an easy life. NO, YOU ARE WRONG. We endure hard situations, because if you didn’t realize this is a different time, and stuff have changed. We have a lot of pressure and sometimes our problems are stronger than us.

Pearl loved art and fashion. I think her love for art was so unique and pure. She was a huge fan of Frida Kahlo. I wish I could make art to express my feelings without talking. Her very first friend was Sorel, a girl who liked using drugs, alcohol and partying 24/7. In a way, she was just like Pearl’s mother and I think that’s why  Pearl did every single thing Sorel wanted. Pearl didn’t have her mother so she kind of needed someone just like her, and somehow she found her in Sorel.

I loved how realistic Pearl’s character was and the story as well. Using drugs is bad and it’s a real problem. We do not have to solve our problems by using drugs. There are a lot of people out there who can help us during our problems. We just need to talk as soon as we start feeling weird, sad and lost. We don’t have to wait until there’s a freaking crisis to get help. It’s hard having problems, but everyone have them. This book helps us understand that we are not alone even though we feel like we are. There are people helping you without you noticing. Not every single person who talks to you is your friend, and sometimes those who don’t talk that much are the greatest friends you will ever have.

Deirdre did an amazing job with this book. I encourage everyone to read it because I know some of you will feel identified with the story. Deirdre’s writing is really easy to read and captivating. I’m glad she sent me an e-copy to review because reading about real stuff is important. You can buy this book on Amazon; or Book Depository, or Barnes & Noble. Seriously, I loved this book… I think I’ve said it a million times already.


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