Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Book Birthday! Pearl by Deirdre Riordan Hall

I CANNOT get over how gorgeous this cover is! 

Pearl Jaeger is seventeen and homeless after drugs, poverty, and addiction unraveled the life she shared with JJ, her formerly glamorous rock star mother.

This moment of happiness is fleeting; someone will take it from me. 

When tragedy brings a chance to start over at an elite boarding school, she doesn’t hesitate. Yet the only salvation comes from an art teacher as troubled as Pearl, and she faces the stark reality that what she thought she wanted isn’t straightforward.

I trace the outline of my reflection in a window. I am no more than a replica of my mother. This is not the self-portrait I want to paint.

Through the friendships she forms at school—especially with Grant, a boy who shows Pearl what it means to trust and forgive—she begins to see a path not defined by her past. But when confronted with the decision to be courageous or to take the easy way forged by her mother’s failures, which direction will Pearl choose?

I tend to shy away from contemporary, but this book seems so incredibly complex and exciting! I can't wait to finish it and review it for you.

1 comment:

  1. This one sounds a lot less interesting than the others you've reviewed so far - but your enthusiasm is really infectious, even when it's not my thing.