Book Reviews, YA book reviews

Pippa by Malynda Schlegel – ARC Review

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My Rating ~ Four and a half stars

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RELEASE DATE: 13 September 2018

Format: E-ARC

Source:  Received from the author in exchange for an honest review

Blurb

In the small town of Pepper Rock, there lives a family.
A daddy,
a mommy,
a little girl.

In the town, there are whispers.
Don’t get close.
That girl isn’t good.
She’s just like her parents.

My name is Pippa.
I like my life,
the company I keep.
And I’m not supposed to like it.

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Review

Many thanks to the author for providing me with this E-Arc of Pippa in exchange for an honest review.

Pippa lives in a small town where people don’t like her family.  No-one talks to her at school.  Neighbours avoid her in the street.  Until she eventually decides to befriend one girl and a new boy who moves to the neighbourhood.  Pippa’s story revolves around the complicated friendship between the three of them (and the even more complicated relationship between Pippa and her Mother and Father).  Three different friends, all with issues of their own and all with dysfunctional family lives.

It’s difficult to review this book without accidentally giving away spoilers, but I thought it was fantastic.  It’s the type of book that has you just that bit on edge, the type of book where the author ensures the reader feels uncomfortable with hints about what might be going on, but without revealing enough to make you sure.  Although we know each of the children’s families are dysfunctional, we’re really never positive just how much or in exactly what ways until the very end.

From the cover, you’d be forgiven for thinking this was a horror book, but it wasn’t.  I found Pippa to be an unsettling psychological thriller, with a really interesting look into the different ways children can react to not only abusive parenting, but simple indifference and lack of care. It was unlike any book I’ve read before and I’ll be thinking about it for a while to come.

 

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