The Truth about Lilly Barnesby Kimberly Russell Published June 5th 2012
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“Today is the day it is going to happen. I’m not melancholy or nervous. I just want to get it over with more than anything. Today is the day that I, Lilly Barnes, die.”
Lilly Barnes doesn't want to live anymore. She is prepared to leave her life, family, and more importantly, her best friend Buddy behind for good. But, why? What could be so horrible that it makes a young girl want to end her life? Find out in The Truth about Lilly Barnes.
In my first novel, Between Balloons the protagonists mother suddenly passes away and she is left to pick up the pieces. It was my first book and honestly, I thought my husband might be the only person who would read it. Thankfully, I was wrong. I started receiving emails from people telling me that a loved one passed away and that they really connected with the book. It touched my heart immensely. I felt their loss and I told them so.
So, with my second novel, The Truth about Lilly Barnes I almost had to prepare myself for emails I might receive. The story goes that Lilly is an extremely unhappy person and she decides to end her life. Through backstories and therapy sessions you find out why she is so unhappy, and along the journey you meet other troubled young adults as well. Without divulging too much about myself, I will admit that some of the concepts of the novel are not completely foreign to me. Meaning, like a lot of teens, I had not so great a time in high school.
I spent a lot sleepless nights worrying about emails or messages that might pop up from readers telling me that they related to Lilly. This scared me. I was so worried I would say the wrong thing or not be able to comfort them. Not long after the book came out it happened. A girl emailed me saying that the she went through the same things as one of the characters in the book and she thanked me for writing the novel. Any fear that I had washed away quickly. I emailed her back and told her I was here for her if she ever needed to talk.
This brings me to a really long drowned out way of telling you why I wrote this post. I’m here for you if you ever need to talk. I don’t care what the subject is, I just don’t want anyone to feel like they are alone. Because you’re not. If it helps talking to a stranger, let me be that person. I wish I could have talked to someone when I was a teen. I don’t care what part of the world you are in – I mean this lovely blog is created out of Poland and I’m in Texas! My email address will always be available. (email@example.com) You can also email on Goodreads. I guess, I just want everyone to know that they are not alone. I think it’s so important.
5/5 STARS + 2012-favourite list.
Lily wants to die. That’s the only thing I could be sure at the beginning. Why? Maybe because of her alcoholic mother? It doesn’t matter. She just takes all the pills she can see and drinks a cup of wood polisher. "At least when I die they can say I had lemony fresh breath."
…But she gets saved of course. Asked in the hospital if she’d do it again, she says “yes”.
Lily is one of my favorite heroines in books. Ever. Also, she is so easy to relate to! I know, not everyone tried to commit a suicide. I hope you didn’t, but I was suicidal for years. I can say that this book is true, simply true. All those emotions that go through Lily and people she meets are real.
At the treatment, she gets to know an anorectic girl and I liked her even more than Lily, even though she was just a small character in the whole book (which had only 95 pages). I’m still struggling with my eating disorder (I know. I’m pretty messed up person) and Headley was so believable too. Even the fact of cheating when they were trying to control her weight.
This book is about serious topics, but it’s still so easy to read. It’s written as Lily’s diary and we can easily see how she handles everything that happens to her, but a few chapters are from her best friend’s point of view. It makes you realize how different people see the same thing and it’s really important in the issue books.
I was so full of emotions that I forgot I started reading this book to find out the truth about Lily’s problems. Then it just happened. And I was so shocked that I almost fell of the chair.
After reading the story I’m wondering why aren’t all bloggers hyper about Kimberly. She is definitely a perfect writer. I’m sad it was so short, and I wish I could read it forever. It is a must-read for everyone. For real.
Everyone should read it and Kimberly is giving about 2 ebooks for my lucky blog readers. I'm not telling you to follow me or anything. This one is too perfect for entries like that.
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