The Truth and Lies of Ella Black

The Truth and Lies of Ella Black Ella Black seems to live the life most other seventeen year olds would kill for Until one day telling her nothing her parents whisk her off to Rio de Janeiro Determined to find out why Ella takes

  • Title: The Truth and Lies of Ella Black
  • Author: Emily Barr
  • ISBN: 9780141367002
  • Page: 370
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ella Black seems to live the life most other seventeen year olds would kill for .Until one day, telling her nothing, her parents whisk her off to Rio de Janeiro Determined to find out why, Ella takes her chance and searches through their things.And realises her life has been a lie.Her mother and father aren t hers at all Unable to comprehend the truth, Ella runs awayElla Black seems to live the life most other seventeen year olds would kill for .Until one day, telling her nothing, her parents whisk her off to Rio de Janeiro Determined to find out why, Ella takes her chance and searches through their things.And realises her life has been a lie.Her mother and father aren t hers at all Unable to comprehend the truth, Ella runs away, to the one place they ll never think to look the favelas.But there she learns a terrible secret the truth about her real parents and their past And the truth about a mother, desperate for a daughter taken from her seventeen years ago .

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    1. If this had not been an arc it would have been a straight DNF. It was one of the most amateurishly written novels I have read in recent times. The book paints itself as a twisty turny thriller but instead loses itself to cheap attempts at psychological drama and a wannabe love story so beyond the realms of far fetched that it's utterly laughable. The main character Ella starts out as this seemingly normal teenager with a normal life but she is hiding this darker side. She is struggling to not lo [...]

    2. This book was not what I expected when I picked this up at all I thought this book would be a twisty thriller that had me gripped straight away, that wasn’t what I got exactly. What I got was some sort of dramatic teenage farfetched… thing, I don’t even know how to explain it.There was a bit in this book that put me off straight away, I don’t want to give away too much but it involved a hammer – I didn’t like it, I didn’t think it necessary to be in there and it wasn’t something [...]

    3. this is trash.i'm rewriting this review because I just realised how annoyed i am with this bookr any of you think "ooh this might be good". just stop pls. this is horrible and hate it so know why? bc we have a sucky protagonist called Ellae's the whiniest little ungrateful piece of crap i have ever met. she literally wishes her parents get divorced. what kind of child is that? her parents are freaking normal humans? she says in like some happy tone as well. like it's FUN for your parent [...]

    4. 🌟🌟🌟STARSThe Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr was a book I had been anticipating for a whileI was so very excited to get started with this one as the blurb sounded fantastic.Unfortunately, this was not quite what I was expecting.I'd go as far as to say this fell massively short of the mark in terms of what I expected this to deliver, I am so disappointed.It was like a tale of two halves, the first being super exciting.Do you remember that old 1956 film The Bad Seed, super movie [...]

    5. Maddie and I were listening to this in the car, and got around 50% through before giving up. Ella was an absolute brat, the narrative was repetitive for no reason, and when she started disrespecting her parents I was like NO.

    6. Ella Black seems to live the life other 17 year olds would kill for. Until one day, her parents whisk her off to Rio De Janerio. Determined to find out why, Ella searches through her parents things and realises her life has been a lie. They are not her parents. So Ella runs away with to the favelas. But she learns a terrible secret, the truth about her real parents and their past.I really thought this was going to be a good read after reading the burb but unfortunately it wasn't. I did not like [...]

    7. Probably more like 2.5 stars. Hit and miss.I was a huge fan of The One Memory of Flora Banks so I was quite excited to read this. Flora touched my heart and is the kind of character that stays with you. Unfortunately this time not so much with our main protagonist who frankly was a little bit entitled and a lot whiny.Anyway though - there were good things and bad things.The Good: The portions of the story where she's alone in Brazil, the life there - it came alive on the page and made you feel t [...]

    8. This was better than I could have expected. If you want to travel to Rio and go on an emotional rollercoaster, this is the book for you. Boy does it pack a punch.

    9. Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review."Ella Black seems to live the life most other seventeen-year-olds would kill for . . .Until one day, telling her nothing, her parents whisk her off to Rio de Janeiro. Determined to find out why, Ella takes her chance and searches through their things.And realises her life has been a lie.Her mother and father aren't hers at all. Unable to comprehend the truth, Ella runs away, to the one place t [...]

    10. This book has SO MUCH POTENTIAL, and for the most part, I really enjoyed it. I definitely think I liked it more than Emily’s previous novel, and while I was slightly letdown by the ending, it was still a really captivating read. I was hooked the entire time with wanting to know why the protagonist’s family was being so sketchy and why she was dragged away overseas with the drop of a hat. I also found her ‘second personality’ an intriguing addition, and I was interested to see where that [...]

    11. Argh!!! This book, I don't really know where to begin. I'm so confused and don't really know what to think about it. I apologize in advance, this review is going to be messy.OK, let me start by saying I was so excited about this book. I absolutely adored The One Memory of Flora Banks and would rate it as one of my favorite books of the year so when I heard the author had another book coming out I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Flora Banks was by no means the perfect read but there was some [...]

    12. I put this down on page 12 when mental illness was used to justify horrific animal abuse. It's a no from me. As I've only actually read 11 pages, I don't feel it would be appropriate to give a star rating on here (it's clearly a 1 in my head) but I can't imagine it gets any better. I'm also going to get rid of my copy of The One Memory of Flora Banks and avoid everything else by this author because what I read last night was totally unacceptable.

    13. 2.5 stars.Thanks to Penguin for sending me a copy of this book for review.The One Memory of Flora Banks was one of the first books I read in 2017, and I really enjoyed it, so I was looking forward to picking up The Truth and Lies of Ella Black. Unfortunately, it didn't quite reach my expectations.I thought this book was going to be a psychological thriller, and from reading the synopsis, I thought there was going to be some aspects of mental health. I wouldn't call it a thriller; there were aspe [...]

    14. Emily Barr můžete znát jako autorku Jediné vzpomínky Flory Banksové. Ella Black je její nová knížka, o jejíž existenci jsem neměla nejmenší tušení. Měla jsem velký problém s hodnocením, protože tahle knížka je jako Flora Banks - iritovala mě, jenže to nakonec dávalo smysl. Prostředí Brazílie je super, na druhou stranu mi některé věci přišly málo uvěřitelné. A ta kind of "instalove". Ta byla na začátku NOPE. 3/5*This one was strange. I'd love to give Ella [...]

    15. Top things I don't like in books = insta-love (and I mean LOVE not crush/romance) & bad mental health rep. At times it felt like it was picking up but then something else ridiculous happened and I was like?? No?? There were some interesting parts and if there were only 2 of the about 15 different storylines think it would have been better? It felt all over the place tbh and it's a shame bc mystery and adventures in Rio has so much potential! But the terrible possible schizophrenia rep (if th [...]

    16. The Truth and lies of Ella Black a powerful five-star read. This is a book that I loved and I know my teenage god daughter will love as well, it’s a story that people off all ages will get. I hope when I give a copy to my god daughter it sparks a passion for reading that a similar book my aunt gave me when I was a similar age to her had on me, that book altered the course of my life and I think this book has a similar power. There is a certain 40 days and 40 nights parallel to this story as it [...]

    17. Really dark story about a girl falling apart and running away to Brazilian favelas. Travelogue meets Jekyll & Hyde.

    18. 40 days until she dies. The start of the book sounds clear enough, but as you continue to see these mysterious numbers counting down you realise it's not as simple as you expect. Ella Black leads a privileged life with parents who will do anything for her. But they don't know she is hiding a secret and is not really the simple, nice girl she tries so hard to seem. When they pull her out of school for an unexpected trip to Rio, she finds out that everyone has secrets of their own and nothing abou [...]

    19. Convoluted and far-fetched, Barr's second young adult thriller reads like a rushed and rather amateurish first draft. What is meant to be a disturbing thriller winds up as no more than a cheesey chick-lit romance seen through dark glasses, with little attempt at psychological realism. For all that, the story was good enough to keep me reading till the end.

    20. I received a copy from Netgalley.2.5 stars.I’m somewhat ambivalent on this one. On the one hand I actually finished it, (I barely got 20 pages into the last book I read by the same author) the plot was interesting enough, but at the same time repetitive and unbelievable. Yet there was something in the story telling that made me interested enough to want to know how it all ended. Will be spoiler filled as there is so much in this plot that I want to rant about. It’s a UKYA novel. Ella lives a [...]

    21. This is the second book I've read by Emily Barr and if you liked her debut novel, The One Memory of Flora Banks (which came out last year), then I think you will really like this. For me, however, there was just one to many problems for me too enjoy it.The premise of this book is quite intriguing and sets itself up to be a twisty thriller, a way too small genre of YA fiction, which made excited to read this, however this just felt like it was trying a little hard.The first problem I have is with [...]

    22. I'm not sure what I expected before I picked up this book but whatever I thought I was going to get, this wasn't it. From the beginning of the book I felt like I was wrong-footed and that feeling didn't really go away until I read the last page. The Truth and Lies of Ella Black follows a teenage girl with a dark secret as her parents one day whisk her away on a supposed holiday of a lifetime in an attempt to keep their own dark secret hidden. It's actually very hard to discuss the plot of this b [...]

    23. I’ve loved the other books by Emily Barr that I’ve read, but this didn’t quite work as I’d hoped.The premise sounds great. Seventeen year old Ella has a perfect life. There’s hints of a dysfunctional personality when she refers to herself as Bella (Bad Ella, the one who says what she really thinks) and some details that are given to make more credible what is revealed later. One day she is taken out of school and whisked off to Rio by her parents. There she makes some pretty startling [...]

    24. First of all I annoyed myself by guessing the twist with what Ella's parents were hiding from her. That was a fault of my own, not an issue with the book. I hate it when I guess a surprise plot twist. I actually think that the twist was incredibly clever and that Ella's reaction was very interesting. I liked the way that she described her 'other side' ('Bad Ella' = 'Bella') and how it showed the internal conflict she had with it at times, but also the times when she almost leaned on Bella for su [...]

    25. surprisingly, i didn't like this book at all. i really enjoyed emily barr's one memory of flora banks, but was let down by the truth and lies of ella black of my biggest issues with the truth and lies of ella black is the use of mental illness to do "bad" things. page 12 is the first time this happens and is one of the worst. the "bad version" of ella (called bella) kills a bird with a hammer. later on, bella is used as an excuse for shitty behaviour towards her familyroughout the whole book, on [...]

    26. Emily Barr has really knocked it out the park with her latest young adult novel. The Truth and Lies of Ella Black is a superb psychological thriller for the young adult audience.Our eponymous heroine Ella Black has a dark side that she has always tried to keep hidden away but when her parents whisk her off on an impromptu holiday and take her phone away from her, Ella’s bad side starts creeping out.The holiday to Rio reveals some things about Ella’s past that cause her whole word to crumble [...]

    27. This book is pretty bad but I wasn’t bored when reading it so I’ve given it two stars - but that’s quite generous. I hoped it would be better than Flora Banks which I didn’t like at all but it wasn’t. The plot is very similar in a lot of ways, and it has the same repetitive writing style even tho Ella has her memories so it was easy to confuse the two. The case of instalove is really really bad, stay away if that angers you. Ella is quite annoying and reads like a 10 yr old, rather tha [...]

    28. Ella Black’s life is turned upside down when her parents reveal secrets they have kept hidden from her for all of her seventeen years.I am neither a fan of nor an expert on YA fiction, but I enjoyed this novel and imagine it might appeal across all age ranges. Emily Barr’s strength lies in her story telling, and her ability to keep the reader on board regardless of how unlikely her plots become, and there are many unlikely events in this one. There is also a shortage of likeable or credible [...]

    29. 2.5 starsI was really looking forward to reading The Truth and Lies of Ella Black after absolutely adoring The One Memory of Flora Banks last year but this one didn’t quite live up to my high expectations. It was a book of two halves for me and here’s why!There were elements of this book that I found to be really tense and I could really feel the suspense building after Ella is whisked off to Brazil by her parents and we are hyper aware that they are hiding something from her. The secret its [...]

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