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Façade Paperback – April 28, 2015
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About the Author
Emem Uko, whose first name means "peace" in Annang, a dialect of Akwa Ibom, Nigeria was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Emem developed a love for story books and writing at an early age and blames it on her parents' decision to buy her books instead of candy. During her master's program, Emem began a blog, Z and S, as a hobby and as a way to clear her head from the stress of school life. She continues to blog and covers a wide range of topics from fashion to TV series and book reviews. Enjoy her books and watch out for more from her!
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The author writes beautifully, with a great eye for describing late teen life in the here and now, in a world of smart phones and Skyping. But whether you grew up in the 1970’s, the 1990’s or just graduated from high school, Emma’s emotional experience still rings true. The author’s prose is clean and elegant - it doesn’t feel like reading, but more like watching a mental movie. She paints word pictures with just enough detail to let the readers imagination become a full partner in the experience, not trying to show off with complex poetic prose or mind numbing details. The story Emem Uko has given us is a pleasure to read both for the story itself and for the way in which she’s written it.
It’s been a long time since I read a novel like this, a story completely fixed in contemporary real life, a book with no spies, pirates, cowboys or spaceships…perhaps S.E. Hinton’s classic young adult books would come closest. Well, I’m glad Facade founds its way into my hands…I would have missed a wonderful read and a talented author.
This was my first book by Emem and I am sad to say that it wasn't for me at all.
The fact that a heavy dose of insta-love occurred in this, prevented me from connecting to the characters and all around liking them. I enjoy the thrill of a pursue of a relationship. I don't like being slapped in the face with it. I understand the story is short but the pacing could have been executed a little better in my opinion. It had great potential but... again, not or me.
I didn't like this couple together. They said they were amazing and brought out the best in each other but it was just words. Nothing proved it, at least not to me, and their actions were just... bland. I didn't experience the depth I look for in relationships.
I absolutely did not like how the main character worried sooo much about her appearance. At one point she actually mentioned how she was happy that she wasn't ugly while being on the arm of a handsome man... uhm...
Granted, this man is 23 and she is 17. I didn't mind the age gap, because it happens in real life, but I just didn't feel any chemistry between the two. I didn't connect to anyone and I didn't believe anything I just read.
I'm sad to say that the main character left an incredibly shallow and superficial impression on me.
Anyway, thank you so much Emem for the copy, I wish I could have liked this.
Emem Uko is a young author who has a talent that keeps the reader's attention. And one wants to see how her lead character reaches her comfort level even while resolving a personal tragedy. Read the book and see for yourself.
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Well done Emem...looking forward to reading more from you.