The Truth and Lies of Ella Black – Emily Barr

35608668Ella Black has a safe and relatively happy life. Her only issue is trying to hide the ‘bad’ side of her personality, Bella. Until one day, out of the blue, her parents pull her out of school and whisk her away to Rio de Janeiro. Determined to find out why, Ella searches through their things and discovers that her entire life has been a lie. Hurt and confused, Ella runs away, but she can’t outrun the truth.

So, this book is weird because it’s kind of about mental illness, but then it’s also kind of not. Ella definitely seems to have some kind of mental problem (Bella – her bad side), but any actual illness is never diagnosed, confirmed or properly discussed. The story didn’t really seem to be about that.

Ella herself was a super annoying character. She’s irresponsible, unkind and incredibly selfish. I hated the way she treated her parents, and I was also confused about her being almost 18. She didn’t act like any 17/18 year old I’ve ever known, and behaved more like a 15 year old. Considering that the entire book revolves around her, I didn’t enjoy it much.

I only really made it the whole way through the book because a) it wasn’t very long, and b) I just wanted to know who was going to die (not a spoiler because we know at the very start that someone is going to die, just not who or how). After getting all the way to the end to find that out, I was really disappointed. The death part is anti-climatic and, by that point, I’d pretty much lost interest.

In addition to all that, the romance aspect was absolute DRIVEL. Insta-love at its absolute worst.

If Ella wasn’t such an arse I’d probably have enjoyed it a little bit more, but to be honest the whole story wasn’t exceptional.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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