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Book Review: The Death of Lila Jane, Teresa Mummert

The death of lila jane

Title: The Death of Lila Jane
Author: Teresa Mummert
Release date: December 1st 2015
Format: eBook
Pages: 283
Started: April 20th 2016
Finished: April 23th 2016
Rating: ⭐️⭐️

Lila Jane has been living in a protective bubble made of colored pills and books. She lives vicariously through the stories she reads and deals with life and moods by popping meds. She does as she is told in a family in which communication seems not to be a priority. The bubble and goody-two-shoes attitude go down the drain when her new neighbor Kaden comes around. What if he could be the one showing Lila Jane a little life? During her last summer before high school, Lila finally steps into the world, and into life.

Lila Jane is not the typical teenager. Her emotions are kept under control through medication, and the pressure of her parents’ expectations are weighing on her shoulders. She must be a good girl, there is no room for wandering off with strangers, staying out late, going to parties. I could relate to this kind of life. As an overprotected only child, it feels I began living when I enrolled at university. Her only escape is her books, where her imagination turns her into the heroines she reads about. Another point I could relate to.

One thing I don’t remember from my teenage years is being prone to such strong mood swings and changes of heart. Lila Jane wants to start living, but she is afraid of stepping out of her comfort zone. Every time she gets the chance to finally start living, she backs off and retreats into the good girl act. I understood it at first. I can be very hard to grow out of your shell. Still, I imagined she would be happier to see her dreams come true. For weeks, she spies her good-looking neighbor Kaden, hoping to get his attention but afraid and less than confident, she stays away and makes scenarios in her head. Kaden is the usual good guy hiding under the bad guy etiquette. A tragic love story and a heavy family background have led him to live with his uncle, in Lila Jane’s street. When they finally meet, her lack of experience shows quickly and it takes her some time to adapt. Of course, old reflexes are bound to show up, but I was puzzled at how different Lila Jane turned out to be from one minute to the other. She wants to go home. You take a breath. She wants the whole package: alcohol, a party, adventure. Something happens and scared Lila Jane reappears. Again. Maybe it is just me, but after a couple of rounds, I was beginning to get bored. I know the story is the journey of a 15 year-old girl who has no clue about the world, but I wished she’d stop whining and blaming Kaden for everything. I might have warmed up to her if the plot hadn’t been underdeveloped and Lila Jane had actually grown and learned. The characters’ stories felt too superficial for me to really understand them.

The writing did not help, as many mistakes kept distracting me from the story. I understand indie authors might not have an editor or a publisher to go over the manuscript but reading “your” instead of “you’re” in a book you pay for makes me very angry.

The title and the blurb were promising but the story did not leave up to my expectations. A piece of advice if you are planning on reading this; don’t be fooled by the title or the synopsis. Although it did not work for me, you might enjoy it if you are looking for a story about teenagers struggling to find a place in the world.

 

 

13 thoughts on “Book Review: The Death of Lila Jane, Teresa Mummert

    1. It sure looks like it was not edited. It made it even harder to enjoy the story :-/ The Grammar police is not very happy with this book! I almost threw it in the DNF pile just because of the errors.

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 Well, I’d say you can give it a try when you’re done with the books you really want to read, you might like it but I wouldn’t make it a priority.

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    1. One error is fine, it happens, but when I stopped counting I knew this was not okay. I thought about giving the author another try because a different story might suit me better but now I’m afraid to get the same grammatical nightmare.

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  1. I must be used to the errors in the indie books. I read so many indies I just make a mental note it’s wrong and keep reading. I found a ton in the book I just read for an author, but I still liked the story. It’s funny how much I liked this book and recommended it and you hated it. Haha! Sorry about that one. 😝 I think I made up for it with The Maze Runner. And you’ll be very happy if you read the Off-Campus series I was telling you about. If you want to read them, they’ll more than make up for your dislike of Lila Jane.

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    1. I admire you ability to look past errors! 🙂 I guess my issue is that I get bad grades if I do the same, haha! The Maze Runner was a great help after this one 😀 I’m definitely reading the Off-Campus, I can hear them calling me, they need me to read them.

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      1. Tell me when and I’ll send them over. They’re just sitting on my Kindle all lonely, waiting to be read. Haha! It’s funny because I don’t have a tolerance with errors in traditionally published books because they should have went through a ton of editors, but with Indie’s I already know there’s a possibility that I’ll find errors. The good thing is the books are usually under $5, which makes it easier for me to deal with it. When I see them in a book I paid $10 or more from a top 5 publisher, that really annoys me.

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