Saturday, March 3, 2012

Review: In Leah's Wake by Terri Giuliano Long

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  • Publisher: Createspace
  • Publication date: 3/26/2011
  • Format: eBook 
  • Source: Copy provided by the publisher for review.
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The Tylers have a perfect life—beautiful home, established careers, two sweet and talented daughters. Their eldest daughter, Leah, an exceptional soccer player, is on track for a prestigious scholarship. Their youngest, Justine—more responsible than seems possible for her 12 years—just wants her sister’s approval. With Leah nearing the end of high school and Justine a seemingly “together” kid, the parents are set to enjoy a peaceful life…until everything goes wrong. Can this family survive in Leah’s wake?


My Thoughts 

I don't even really know where to start. I don't really know how to say what I want without it coming out wrong. This book was totally not for me. It's not a bad book in any way at all. In fact, I think that it is a fantastic book for the people who would enjoy this type of book. I think going into this book, I was really trying to go out of my comfort zone. I like to try to read things that I normally wouldn't if they sound good. This was one of those books. The situations in the book are very real, and it is full of raw emotion. It is a very dark, deep story. The writing is good, and very descriptive. Sometimes a little excessive for my taste, but some people really enjoy that. I found myself skimming a bit over some of it because to me it felt a bit over kill at times. 

This book is told from multiple perspectives, a lot of them. You have Leah, her mom Zoe, her father Will, her sister Justine, and even the cop. It was a bit overwhelming to be honest. I understand that the author is trying to let us really see how everyone is dealing with the situations, but it gets to be too much. We see how the whole family slowly falls apart, and what it happening to make Leah spiral out of control. Going form the girl who has just about everything a girl her age should want, to a horrible dwindling mess. She is bringing down everyone around her as she falls. I do like how we see it from her perspective and her parents. We get to see what they are both doing wrong, what they are thinking, what they wish they had done instead. As for the other perspectives, I could have done without them.

To me this book seemed to take a long time to get through. Like I said, this is just not my type of book. I don't want to sound negative. It just got really tiring for me to read about Leah messing up time after time. Her parents are a mess too. It's not even because of Leah, though her behavior sure makes things harder. Her parents already had underlying issues that the stress stirred up. I do feel bad for Justine. The poor girl is only twelve. She wants to be cool in her sisters eyes, and it's sad to watch her make some dumb choices just to get approval from Leah. Then there is the cop, which I can see why he is part of the story, but I don't think that his own POV was really needed. I think there was a lot of wasted space in this book and it could have been much shorter and still had the impact. I think so many parts of the story didn't need to be there. This book is full of heartbreak, and really tense situations. It takes you into the darkest parts of relationships and self discovery. I will give this book 3 out of 5 stars. I may not have enjoyed it that much, but it's well written and for the intended audience I believe it would be excellent. 


  1. Isn't it hard to write a review of a book we didn't like too much? Bleh I hate it too. 3-stars for me is still pretty positive but 1-2 stars I hate writing reviews for. I was actually wondering about this one I've been seeing it around but this is the first review I bother reading on it. I'M the same as you I'll read a book/genre I don't usually read if people are saying it's awesome but sometimes it just doesn't do it for me. I can see how all these POVs could have been annoying. I love multiple povs but only if they seem to "fit" you know. Great review Amy :)

    1. I was between 2 and 3 stars for it, but I gave it a 3. It wasn't a bad book, just completely not for me. When I was asked to review I skimmed goodreads and I saw a lot of 4 and 5 star reviews, so I decided to give it a chance. I can see how people who like this type of book would really enjoy it. I still think there is a lot of filler material in it though.

  2. I've seen this book and after reading the blurb I was certain this was not a book I would read. Great review though!

    1. It's not really the type of book I would read either. I was trying to go out of my comfort zone, and it didn't work for me. I give it 3 stars because I really think it's a good book even though I didn't enjoy it, if that makes any sense at all lol!

  3. I've taken review books that were out of my comfort zone. Sometimes happily surprised to find a gem, a lot of the time I'm very "meh" about it. It's hard to write s review for a good book that your just not crazy about. At least you tried and you wrote a very fair review.

    1. I figured I would give it a shot. It wasn't for me, but that's okay.

  4. Hi Amy,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review my novel! That you gave it a shot, even though it was out of your comfort zone, means a lot to me. I'm grateful for your kindness - and your honesty.

    I hope you have a wonderful week!

    Warmest wishes,



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