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Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite
Life is complicated when you're a teenager. It is full of ups, downs, and discovery. If one of those discoveries happens to be an item belonging to a goddess, then that's a whole new Pandora's box. While helping her Grammy relocate, Mylee came across the most beautifully crafted mirror and, while gazing within, discovered a person who was perhaps as much in need of Mylee's help as her own parents were. They were going through a rough time, and her mum seemed to want to live through her, even if it meant forcing her to make the same mistakes she had. Fortunately, this teenager has her head on her shoulders and a network of friends who, despite their ups and downs, have each other's backs in Mylee In The Mirror by Ellie Collins.
I really loved the dialogue; it was fresh, real, and bursting with life. The dialect was a real enhancement to an already crisp narrative that was true to the character's emotions and age. I was instantly pulled into the story and adored how the personalities of each character, when told from their perspective, remained true to them, while also injecting fun and their own inner thoughts into the narrative. The characters are strong, vivid, and full of depth. I found myself chuckling numerous times at some of the quirky phrases or behaviour that I can easily relate to my own teen years. There is some sage advice to any teenager or even adult. I thought Grammy's character was brilliant. She is a kind, firm, wise woman and mentor, much like my own Nan was for me. Mylee In The Mirror is a really great read and I wouldn't hesitate in picking up another book by Ellie Collins. I enjoyed it from the first line to the last, and found it to be beautifully edited.