This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
Annalise Grey completely captures the highs and lows, dreams, and insecurities of the average 14-year-old teen through her protagonist, Carleigh, in I, Girl X. Carleigh’s hopes for a happy future are slowly sabotaged by her younger brother’s erratic and unstable mental and physical behavior. As his behavior worsens, her dreams are derailed by her anguished, arguing parents whose absorption with her brother’s issues deny her the nurturing, guidance, and support any young teen needs. When Carleigh states that all she ever wanted was to feel wanted, she no doubt speaks for thousands of teens out there struggling for some kind of assurance their lives are worthwhile. Chances are you know someone like Carleigh. I certainly do.
I, Girl X by Annalise Grey is unlike any novel I have ever read. It reads like a memoir but isn’t. It’s reminiscent of prose, but it’s poetry. Emotions are tumultuous yet calm; the plot suspenseful yet controlled; the characters unique but readily relatable. And although it’s quite long for a teen read, it’s a fast read, guaranteed to fully engage its intended young adult audience in every respect. In short, I, Girl X, is a brilliant bit of writing. While the plot line was engaging, what most impressed me was Grey’s poetic approach to fiction. Visually, the layout on the pages resembles poetry. Some “chapters” are complete short poems. Even though reading I, Girl X is a reminder that “reality is like a baseball bat to the skull,” I will read it again and again if only for its poetry. Inspired and inspiring!