Saturday, November 13, 2010

Review: "She Tells All" by Judah Lee Davis

Madison Miller is your typical bad girl and she's living her life to the fullest. She knows that she isn't the "good girl" that her church-going mother always hoped that she would be, but she just can't help herself. As soon as she starts trying to be good she finds herself hopping in bed with an unsuitable man, trying a new drug, or inviting homeless men to live with her while her dad's away.

Just as Madison starts to come to the conclusion that she couldn't be good if she was locked in a room alone for a week, tragedy strikes and Madison is forced to re-evaluate her actions in the past and decide if that's really how she wants to behave in the future.

She Tells All was a fast and funny read. Madison manages to get herself in tangled in all kinds of awkward situations and she somehow manages to laugh her way out of all them. My favourite funny scene was the one with Tibo, a huge muscled guy who is seriously lacking in the "equipment" department.

Throughout the book I couldn't help but feel that there was more to Madison than she was letting on as she tells the reader her life story. Sure, she seems proud of the fact that she sleeps around and has no problem finding new lovers. She's having fun, she's young, she's free, but I sensed a trace of sadness beneath her flippant words. I felt as if Madison didn't know if she had it in her to be "good" and felt doomed to living the rest of her life going from one lover to the next, and getting herself in one sticky situation after another.

The ending was my favourite part of the book. When Madison is faced with an unexpected tragedy she is forced to re-evaluate the choices that she has made in the past and she comes to some important conclusions. I appreciated witnessing Madison's realizations and subsequent transformation.

She Tells All is a fun and funny read- perfect for people who appreciate sassy women's fiction. My thanks to the author who sent me this book in exchange for my honest review.

Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Recommended to: Anyone looking for fun and sassy women's fiction to read
Challenges: 2010 100+ Reading Challenge, New Author Challenge 2010

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