September 5, 2012

Blog Tour: The Truth About Lilly Barnes by Kimberly Russell – Review with Giveaway

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The Truth About Lilly Barnes by Kimberly Russell

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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.

The Truth About Lilly Barnes by Kimberly Russell
Publication Date: June 5, 2012
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** This title was provided to us by the author for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinions **

What a powerful read!  I didn’t even realize how quickly I was reading this book.  One minute I had just started, and the next minute I was done.  I will admit that the opening scene in the book captured my attention, and the rest of the book held it.

The Truth About Lilly Barnes by Kimberly Russell follows the struggles of, you guessed it, Lilly Barnes.  Lilly has been planning her death.  She has completely made up her mind, has found the way in which she wants to go, and plans on executing it after dinner…her last supper.

But life throws a curve ball, and Lilly’s plans of death fall through.  Instead of being dead, Lilly finds herself in a hospital, stomach pumped, and ready to be shipped off of to a treatment centre.  It is at this centre that Lilly finally finds it in herself to come to grips with the reasons for her suicidal tendencies, and to lift her dark past off her shoulders and start to live.

The Truth About Lilly Barnes was a wonderfully written book.  Raw and to the point.  The character of Lilly is one that I found to be so strong and brave, and extremely loveable.  I wanted to gather her up in my arms and hug the crap out of her.  She is truly an inspirational character…one that I am so glad to have been able to have had a chance to read about.

Author, Kimberly Russell, does an amazing job of building the background of Lilly’s troubled life, as well as showing us this beautiful friendship that Lilly has with Buddy.  I absolutely adored Buddy.  My favorite part in the book was the description of how Lilly and Buddy study…where Lilly would study her books, and Buddy would study Lilly’s hair.  It was so sweet and adorable, and made me smile.  I was so glad that Lilly had someone like Buddy in her life.

Although I pretty much figured out the reason for Lilly’s attempted suicide, it still didn’t deter me from reading this story, and watching everything unfold.  I would make note that this is not a story for the faint of heart, or for the very young as there is descriptions of sexual assault.  But aside from that, this is a story of strength, courage, and perseverance.   It’s about accepting the cards life has drawn for you, and becoming a stronger individual because of it.

I recommend this book for fans of a darker Contemporary read, for those looking for a quick read, and for those who are looking for stories that may change your life…or the way you look at life.

 About the Author:

 Hello! I have written two novels – BETWEEN BALLOONS and THE TRUTH ABOUT LILLY BARNES. I am currently working on my third novel, THE ADORATION OF EMMA WYLDE.

I’m obsessed with all things Jane Austen. I read a lot of YA but my all-time favorite is a cozy mystery. As far as teen books go I really love Stephanie Perkins, Sarah Dessen, Sara Zara, and Ann Brashares. As far as adult books go I love Sidney Sheldon (he will always have my heart), Stephen King, Sophie Kinsella, and Charlaine Harris.

When I’m not reading or writing I enjoy spending time with my husband, baking, and finding ways to meet Jimmy Fallon.

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  1. Stormi

    Maryann, I really love the way you put together your post for the tour! Thanks for posting and I am glad you liked the book. ~Stormi, Lightning Book Promotions

  2. Thanks Stormi!

  3. Grace Lo

    Wow, The Truth About Lily Barnes sounds AMAZING. Dark stories are definitely my thing, and although contemporary’s not my thing, I’d definitely go for a quick read! Now it’s in my TBR list.

  4. The review only engaged my taste buds into wanting this book. Whether I win it or not I’m going to have to score a copy somewhere to read.

  5. Gaby

    I really liked the review, the title sounded interesting but it was the review that truly made me want to pick up this book.
    There aren’t that many good contemporary books but this doesn’t sound at all like one of them.

  6. Disincentive

    One of my favourite books this year (:

  7. Natasha

    I really liked the review!! The Truth About Lily Barnes sounds really good!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  8. Julie Witt

    I loved the review! If you’re reading a book and it seems like you just started it and then you’re done, that means you were totally invested in the book and I really, really want to read a book that is that good! Thanks for the review and for bringing this awesome book to my attention:)

  9. Angy

    The review sounds interesting, I can’t wait to check out the book ! Thanks for the giveaway !

  10. Kimberly Russell

    Thank you everyone and thank you Maryann for the review. You are awesome!

  11. Thanks for stopping by Kimberly!

  12. Samantha D

    I enjoyed it! Got me excited to read this book!

  13. anary

    the review was good, you gave it beautiful words perfectly.:))

  14. Cyn

    Sounds good.

  15. wni

    it makes me wanna read the book

  16. Maureen

    It is a tough subject and I like a story where there is hope.

  17. Zara Alexis

    It’s pretty brave…or cowardice (I’m not sure which) to plan your own death! Yikes! Now, I’d love to know the outcome! Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. alicia marie

    Thanks for the great review! This sounds like something that I’d like to read. I’ll definitely be adding it to my TBR list : ) Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. Ellouise Liston

    hey. love the sound of this book. This is soooo going on my tbr list :)

  20. Jan Bethel

    I stumbled about this blog by accident through Twitter. And boy was I glad! Your blog has awesome reviews. And not to mention great books on your giveaways. And this one sounds really good. Thanks for sharing this great book!

  21. Chapter by Chapter

    Thank you so much Jan! This was a great book :D And thanks for stopping by! <3

  22. Jan Bethel

    Thank you sharing this great read! :)

  23. krsz

    Great review. The book sounds amazing!

  24. Megan McDade

    This book sounds like a good read, not something I would usually pick up. I love a strong character who overcomes struggles and this sounds like a character like that. Great review!

  25. Chapter by Chapter

    Thanks Megan :)

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