Review #2: Review by Tiffany Ferrell
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Reviewed By Tiffany Ferrell for Readers’ Favorite
Emily Kraft is having trouble adjusting to a new school and a new start with her father and sisters. Already coined a freak by her peers, the introverted girl struggles to fit in. On top of her school life, she also has to deal with her parents' separation and her mother's declining mental health. One thing Emily finds that she’s good at is running, but even that is overshadowed by a new boy named Edin who beat her. The popular boy is eager to know and befriend the socially shy girl and to have her on the track team. With everything going on in her family and her mother's upcoming trial, part of Emily wants to blend into the crowd, while the other part is finding herself liking the new boy even more and wondering if she should take a chance and join the school team.
LeighLa Graham has done a wonderful job of telling the story of a girl dealing with the stress and pain of having a mentally ill parent. The characters are well written and likable and I love the dynamic between Emily and Edin as well as with Emily and her family. Lessons In Saving A Girl was also very realistic when it came to Emily’s mentally ill mom. We can read the pain and confusion in the words of the main character. I also liked how the book was fast-paced, making it an easy read that kept you on your toes and eager to turn the pages for more. Overall, I think LeighLa Graham has done a brilliant job of bringing these characters to life on paper and I look forward to reading more from this talented author.