Book Review: Tell Me Something Real by Calla Devlin

tell me something real

Tell Me Something Real

Release date: August 30th 2016

3.5 stars

Three sisters struggle with the bonds that hold their family together as they face a darkness settling over their lives in this masterfully written debut novel.
There are three beautiful blond Babcock sisters: gorgeous and foul-mouthed Adrienne, observant and shy Vanessa, and the youngest and best-loved, Marie. Their mother is ill with leukemia and the girls spend a lot of time with her at a Mexican clinic across the border from their San Diego home so she can receive alternative treatments.
Vanessa is the middle child, a talented pianist who is trying to hold her family together despite the painful loss that they all know is inevitable. As she and her sisters navigate first loves and college dreams, they are completely unaware that an illness far more insidious than cancer poisons their home. Their world is about to shatter under the weight of an incomprehensible betrayal…

I was prepared going into this book to get emotional and I’m definitely glad I was prepare because there was definitely the potential to be completely wrecked. I had a bit of a hard time connecting with the main character at the beginning but if I had immediately, I’m sure I would have been in so many tears I wouldn’t have been able to see the pages. It didn’t shy away from how a diagnosis can bring a family together or how it each person can have a very different reaction.

The main character, Vanessa, was the middle sister and was just trying to keep everything together as the family was facing her mother’s cancer treatment. She had a huge passion for music, which was something I did connect with, and even when they were annoying her, she loved her family. She could be selfish but she was also dealing with a lot. There was a bit of a romance with a boy named Caleb that happened a little fast but they were cute together.

I wasn’t expecting so many twists in this book. It ended up being so much more than a girl dealing with her mother’s terminal diagnosis. It’s hard to say too much without giving anything away so I’ll end with this is definitely an author to watch out for.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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