REVIEW : The Truth and Lies of Ella Black – Emily Barr

Emily Barr began her career as a journalist at the Guardian before realizing that she was more drawn toward books. After taking a year to go backpacking for a column assignment, she returned home with the idea for her first book, Backpack, and never looked back. She has since written 11 other books for adults. The One Memory of Flora Banks, her young adult debut and international bestseller, published to critical acclaim in 2017. Emily lives in Cornwall with her partner and their children.

From the author of the “unputdownable” international hit The One Memory of Flora Banks comes a fast-paced cross-continental journey of identity, family, darkness and light, and the ways in which we define ourselves.

Ella Black has always had dark inclinations. She’s successfully hidden her evil alter ego from her family and friends, but Bella is always there, ready to take control and force Ella to do bad things. When Ella’s parents drag her out of school one afternoon and fly across the globe to Rio de Janeiro with no believable explanation, Bella longs to break free—and so does Ella. Because for all that her parents claim to be doing what’s best for her, Ella knows there is something going on that they’re not divulging, and she is determined to find out what.

Once in Rio, Ella learns a shocking truth about her family that gives way to a mission through the streets and beaches of Brazil in search of her authentic self. But the truth has many layers, and as Ella uncovers more and more about her own history, she struggles to come to terms with just where it is that she came from.

Why you should read #EllaBlack ?

A FOLLOW-UP FOR EMILY BARR! This sophomore YA novel arrives on the heels of the much-loved The One Memory of Flora Banks.

AN UNRELIABLE NARRATOR! Though different from Flora, Emily Barr has created yet another unreliable narrator whose point of view is not always stable. Readers will enjoy trying to piece together whose version of the truth is real and what’s actually going on.

GLOBAL INTRUGUE! Ella Black’s parents whisk her off to Rio de Janeiro, where the bulk of the story takes place. Readers will journey alongside Ella through a tour of Rio’s beaches, streets, clubs, and slums, and get a taste of the beating pulse of an amazing city.

GLOBAL LOVE! Rights to ELLA have already been licensed, via Penguin UK, to 12 territories in 15 languages!

Published 11th January 2018
352 Pages


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