This second novel from Emily Barr is a race-against time thriller and a true coming-of-age story. It explores the highs and lows of first love, all set under a blazing Rio sun.
Ella Black seems to live the life most other seventeen-year-olds would kill for . . .
Until one day, telling her nothing, her parents whisk her off to Rio de Janeiro. Determined to find out why, Ella takes her chance and searches through their things.
And realises her life has been a lie.
Her mother and father aren’t hers at all. Unable to comprehend the truth, Ella runs away, to the one place they’ll never think to look – the favelas.
But there she learns a terrible secret – the truth about her real parents and their past. And the truth about a mother, desperate for a daughter taken from her seventeen years ago . . .
Title: The Truths and Lies of Ella Black
Authors: Emily Barr
Genre: young adult, contemporary
Release Date: January 2nd, 2018
Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia
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Amazing! Another wonderful story from Emily Barr!
After reading the first couple of chapters I was hooked! And after reading the whole book, Ella Black’s conflicted physical and emotional journey through Rio will stay with me forever. Dealing with overprotective parents, having a fake boyfriend, and hiding her psychopathic dark side, doppelganger Bella, Ella is a struggling young adult trying to come to terms with her true identity before she turns eighteen.
But the best part, why did her parents whisk her off to Rio, and what dark, calculated secret are they hiding? As soon as Ella learns the whole truth about her life in a foreign land, she’s instigated to make a change, for the better and for the worse, all by herself, smashing her way through life!
One of my favourite international YA books of the year!
4.5 / 5 stars
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