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Mirror, Mirror: A Novel Hardcover – October 10, 2017
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From international supermodel and actress Cara Delevingne comes a powerful debut novel about friendship, identity, and the conflict between appearance and reality.
Red, Leo, Rose, and Naomi are misfits.
Red has an alcoholic mother and a father who’s never around. Leo’s brother has been in prison for years and is about to come back home. Rose turns to boys and alcohol to numb the pain from her past. Naomi’s punk-rock-princess persona gives her freedom she can’t find anywhere else. Everyone has a reason not to go home, but the four high schoolers have formed a family of their own through their band, Mirror, Mirror—the only place they can truly be themselves.
When Naomi mysteriously vanishes and then is found unconscious, her friends are shaken, confused, and scared. Could it have been an accident—or did someone deliberately try to hurt Naomi? Did a stranger do this, or worse, someone she was close to? How well do they really know their bandmate—and one another? If Naomi wakes up from her coma, what will she have to say?
To understand what happened to Naomi, Red, Leo, and Rose must ultimately face their own dark secrets and fears. When they look in the mirror, who do they see?
Cara Delevingne reveals another facet of her amazing talent with this powerful novel about identity, emotional pain, the complicated world of social media, and the dangerous weight of secrets.
About the Author
Cara Delevingne is one of the most celebrated women of her generation. Born in London, Delevingne rose to fame in 2009. She was awarded Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards in 2012 and 2014, and has appeared in shows for houses including Chanel, Burberry, Saint Laurent, and Mulberry. Her acting career began with a role in the 2012 film adaptation of Anna Karenina, and she has since gone on to star in major films Paper Towns, Suicide Squad, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and the upcoming Life in a Year. Mirror, Mirror is her first novel.
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I thought the character development was great and there are so many themes that everyone is going to take something different away from it.
Quick read because you can't put it down. Would love to see what's in store for the characters.
Cara did fantastic in telling her idea and the common theme she wants everyone to know.
There is an authors note at the start of the book about what Cara wanted to achieve by writing the book and the message she wanted to get across and I really think she was able to achieve this. I also think it was interesting to include this note before the book began, because you automatically have some pre-conceived ideas about th direction the book is going to go in. I don't know whether I liked it or not but it definitely stayed in the back of my head throughout the book.
The characters in this book are very true to life and i really liked the ways the interacted with one another. I sometimes feel like teenagers portrayed in books don't actually act like any teenagers i associated with when I was a teen or any I have come across in my career so far but these teens were London based and behaved like I would expect teens from that area to behave. I feel a real affinity to Red and championed her throughout the book.
As I have already mentioned, I loved the London setting of this book and really appreciated the fact that these young people lived and went to school in an around London and yet it didn't have them touring the city as if they had never been there before. The setting was very much a background factor. It afforded the characters more freedom than if they were in a rural setting and had to rely on lifts or infrequent public transport, which fitted well with the story, but it didn't romanticise the city in any way. I liked the reality of the setting and it is something that i noticed throughout the whole of the book.
The storyline kept me gripped right the way through and kept me guessing throughout. Some of the issues explored are fairly concerning and so it wasn't a cheerful read most of the time. I did feel anxious for the characters and concerned for their welfare. One of the issues explored in a specific and a general sense throughout the book is their interaction with the adults in their lives. The adults in their lives vary tremendously but there is a lot of negativity surrounding all of those relationships and I found this especially concerning. I'm not sure how i feel about the negative message that this is sending out to young people reading it and so therefore I would definitely say that this book should be aimed at an older young adult audience, or an adult audience.
Despite my misgivings about those messages I really did enjoy the plot and the structure of this novel. The characters felt very real and I was on their side throughout the storyline. The setting didn't feel forced and I was gripped by the twists and turns along the way. I would definitely recommend this book with an added warning that I mentioned above.
I saw several of the "surprises" coming, including the element that Red holds back from the reader for a good chunk of the book. There are a LOT of issues in here, though identifying them would pretty much mean revealing spoilers. I think this could be great fodder for discussion in the right forum...maybe some mix of older teens and parents or something...but it just wasn't quite for me. I certainly didn't despise it by any means, but I felt removed from it. I often read books where I can't relate directly to the plot or the characters, but here it almost felt more like I was watching a made-for-tv movie. I never really connected (admission: maybe I was jealous that I didn't find a little clique like this in HS).
Two-and-a-half to three stars. Liked the mixed formats (text conversations etc.), liked some of what the author had to say. But, it felt like too much tossed together and like other stories that try so hard to not paint cliched portraits that they become another sort of cliche. Oh, and I really liked Ash...the sister of the missing girl who is an unapologetic computer nerd and pretty darn cool (ok, you are probably supposed to think that...but I did....)
FYI -- If you're a parent or just someone who is bothered by such things, know that there is "foul language" and it does include depictions of sex, drug use, and violence (in a range of lights).