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Title: Blissful Lies
Author: Jennifer Brown-Thomas
Blissful Lies tells a heart-wrenching story exploring the enviable bonds of five best friends, who, in the midst of growing up together, are just starting to realize how much they still have to learn about life. They quickly find the limits of their relationships are tested when secrets and lies rapidly interrupt their picture perfect existence, threatening the stability of years of friendship. At the center of their universe is mother to one group member and Brown-Thomas University Chancellor, Addison Hamilton. Uncertainty in her own life leads her down a path of no return as she finds herself a little too involved with someone many years her junior. While each person is forced to take responsibility for their hidden secret, they wonder if ultimately, it's just too much to move forward as the "family" they once claimed to be. As lives are left in tattered pieces, everyone is forced to choose. Will the group fall apart at the seams or will the strong bonds of everlasting friendship withstand the fire of deceit?
This book is a little different than the previous novels I've read. It consisted not much of detailed elaboration on character's internal feelings and thoughts. The development was hardly to be guessed and it had left me curiously wondering how would the story be depicted further as I read along.
Somehow, this book reminded me of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars as the hidden secrets were constantly lingered among the elites. Many characters were involved in this story, however, only two persons were majorly portrayed, Addison and Jackson, a sweet, lovely couple despite the huge age discrepancies between them. I am not really a typical fan of May-December romance, but in this book, I found myself sincerely feeling for the couple, and even placed a wish upon their love, hoping they could live happily ever after at the end of the story.
The author's use of words is easily to be understood and somewhat repetitive, but it did not affect my reading experience any less. In fact, it was surprisingly enjoyable and was a quick read. Oftentimes, the story intriguingly urged me to read it like a movie, as if Addison and Jackson were alive in front of my eyes.
The only disappointment of this novel is that, as the story went and reaching the end, there was no major turning point that could spark the climax to the highest level, and to be honest, the ending of this story was totally out of my expectation. Also, other than the Addison-Jackson couple, I could not really relate myself to the rest of the characters because their existence was rather thin in the book due to the lack of description by the author.
Nevertheless, this book is worth to be recommended to those who have a penchant for untold secrets, romance and a little suspense. And I heard that a film of this novel is set to release next year, definitely would like to give it a try if I have the chance.
Disclaimer: Many of the books I received are given to me in exchange for my review. I am in no way paid for my reviews nor am I bound to give a review of anything except my honest opinion.