Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Review: "More Like Her" by Liza Palmer

When it first came out, the book A Field Guide to Burying Your Parents by Liza Palmer caught my attention. It has a great title, and it was a fantastic book. I went out and picked up copies of her previous books, both of which I enjoyed, so I was thrilled that she had a new book coming out and I was even more thrilled when I was invited to review it as part of a TLC Tour.

Frannie is a teacher at an exclusive school and she, along with her friends and fellow teachers Lisa and Jill, are in awe of their new headmistress, Emma Dunham. Emma appears to be perfect. She is the first female headmistress in the history of the school and she is poised and beautiful and she seems to have it all. Frannie, on the other hand, does not seem to have it all. She is pining for her ex-boyfriend despite the fact that he has moved on with his life, and she just doesn't like herself all that much. Frannie and her friends think that they want to be just like Emma until the day that they realize that they were dead wrong about the elegant headmistress all along.

More Like Her is an excellent book. It is a page-turner, impossible to put down, and it is incredibly well-written. Trust me, I know that I sound like I'm gushing but that's because I am. More Like Her had me riveted from the first page until the very last.

The introduction foreshadows what is to come, and trust me, it's not what you would expect from typical women's fiction. It's gritty, scary, and disturbing. However the first chapter introduces us to Frannie who is unsure of herself and struggling with finding her place in the world and since the story heads into familiar waters I was able to kind of forget about what I found out at the very beginning. The story is cruising along when suddenly, WHAM, something crazy happens, something that changes the story entirely. Even though I knew that it was coming, I was floored when the climax occurred and I had to read it several times to take it all in.

I just cannot recommend this book enough. Liza Palmer captured my attention and held it throughout. It is a book that will stay with me for quite some time and I'm already anxiously awaiting her next release.


8 comments:

  1. Don't know why this book didn't appeal to me - the story may have book okay but the way it was delivered didn't grab me. Glad you liked it tho.

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    1. I've had that before! A friend will strongly recommend a book to me, I'll read it but not think the same way about it. That's why I love the multitude of opinions out here in the blogosphere! I find I can make the most educated decisions on what to read when I have a bunch of opinions to read first. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Wow! So glad you loved it! I love it when an author I adore puts out another book -- and proceeds to hit it out of the park. I think that might be the definition of happiness.

    Thanks for being on the tour!

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    1. Thanks for having me! I adore Liza Palmer's books. :)

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  3. I had not heard of this title before but I think it might be a book I might enjoy. I am wondering what happens that takes the story in a different direction? I think this is one for my wish list! Great review!

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  4. I read Conversations with the Fat Girl by this author and really liked it - I need to read some of others now. Glad this one was so good!

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    1. Trust me, "Conversations..." was good but "Field Guide..." and "More Like Her" were even better!!

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