by Leah Raeder
ABOUT BLACK IRIS:
It only took one moment of weakness for Laney Keating’s world to fall apart. One stupid gesture for a hopeless crush. Then the rumors began. Slut, they called her. Queer. Psycho. Mentally ill, messed up, so messed up even her own mother decided she wasn’t worth sticking around for.
If Laney could erase that whole year, she would. College is her chance to start with a clean slate.
She’s not looking for new friends, but they find her: charming, handsome Armin, the only guy patient enough to work through her thorny defenses—and fiery, filterless Blythe, the bad girl and partner in crime who has thorns of her own.
But Laney knows nothing good ever lasts. When a ghost from her past resurfaces—the bully who broke her down completely—she decides it’s time to live up to her own legend. And Armin and Blythe are going to help.
Which was the plan all along.
Because the rumors are true. Every single one. And Laney is going to show them just how true.
She’s going to show them all.
Holy hell in a handbasket, what did I just read. I liked it, but I am almost afraid to say I liked it. It was dark and crazy with characters you really shouldn’t like but somehow you do. It deals with mental illness and revenge and the ugliness in the world. It is not pretty. It does not wrap anything up in a neat little bow. It will take you places you never even imagined. But you will willingly go along for the ride because you cant stop. It is the horrific crash on the side of the road that you shouldn’t look at but you cant pry your eyes from. Written in a way that emits such beauty that it is such a conundrum. How can something so lyrical and poetic be so ugly and dark. Not every one will like this but I think everyone should read it. Leah Raeder is an immensely talented author and you shouldn’t miss out on it.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Leah Raeder is a writer and unabashed nerd. Aside from reading her brains out, she enjoys graphic design, video games, fine whiskey, and the art of self-deprecation. She lives with her very own manic pixie dream boy in Chicago. Visit her at LeahRaeder.com.
BLACK IRIS by Leah Raeder
Atria Books Paperback | 384 pages | ISBN: 9781476786421 | On sale: April 28, 2015 | $15.00
eBook: Atria Books | 384 pages | ISBN: 9781476786438 | On sale: April 28, 2015 | $5.99
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