Review - Shadow of a Girl by Shannon GreenlandMonday, September 12, 2016
Shadow of a Girl
By Shannon Greenland
Age category: Young Adult
Expected Release Date: September 19, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Use cash and keep moving.
After I ran away from home, these were the two rules that dictated my life. Scoring a job as a roadie fit perfectly for what I needed. Travelling, cash, and life out of the spotlight. But when my path collides with West, the lead singer of Bus Stop, I can’t seem to stay out of his spotlight—especially since we’ll be touring together for an entire year.
West is determined to break down my walls. He won’t give up. And little by little they come crumbling. But if he knew what lurked behind them, he wouldn’t be so eager to get rid of them.
The more time we spend together, the more the lines of our friendship become blurred. He makes me dream of things I never thought possible. But while our friendship has been evolving into a romance, my secrets have been closing in. And just when I’ve decided to reveal my past to West, I’m confronted by it. The cost of my freedom could ruin the life of the guy I love…
"Fear is an interesting thing. It makes weak people strong, strong people weak, frail people into just a shell of themselves" - Author's note
This probably is my favourite quote in the book, and also the best one to describe the theme of the story.
All her life Eve has lived in fear, she was forced into perfection and defying Gideon would only mean one thing - punishment. When a chance of freedom presented itself, Eve grasped it without looking back. Becoming a roadie was the solution, she needed to be on the run, but when she met West along the road and she started to believe that she has the chance to becoming something she always dreamt of - a shot at becoming normal. But apparently changing her name and appearance doesn't keep the past from catching up, can she outrun Gideon? and most importantly, herself?
If there is one word I could use to describe the book, it would be "empowering". While I was not too keen on the romance aspect of the story (too insta love for me), Eve's story consumes me. I had mixed feelings for this one because it was a cross between light-hearted and dark YA. On one hand you have West, a bubbly character that brings a sense of lightness to the story, and yet Eve's past was like a dark cloud hanging over our heads, I was intrigued by her story and that was the reason I kept turning the pages.
I thought that the writing (especially the abuse scenes) were vividly written, despite it being a YA book and I absolutely loved everything about it. My favourite moment was probably towards the ending where the story took an unexpected turn, it truly portrayed how fear can empower the weak! This story addressed certain elements that the society deemed as taboo, and to be honest, Gideon scares the crap out of me!
The only thing I had against this book was its pace, at times there were parts to the story where I think should be elaborated especially when it comes to secondary characters such as Bluma, seemingly she played such a huge role in the book.
Otherwise, this is a great coming of age story that inspire strength in all of us.