Wednesday 15 May 2019

BOOK REVIEW: Lifeline by Abbey Lee Nash

Author: Abbey Lee Nash
Publication Date: April 7th, 2018
Publisher: Tiny Fox Press
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction / Coming of Age

Book Description:
Popular high school senior Eli Ross has the perfect life. He’s captain of the lacrosse team at LionsHeart Academy, and he’s dating Savannah, the hottest, most popular girl at school. But that life comes crashing down when he overdoses at a party and is sent to LakeShore Recovery Center, an inpatient substance abuse treatment program where he’ll spend the next twenty-eight days.

It's there that Eli meets Libby, the sharp-edged artist, whose freshly tattooed scars mirror the emotional scars Eli tries his best to ignore. Eli soon learns that if he's to have any chance at a future, he'll first have to confront his past.

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Popular high school senior Eli Ross has the perfect all American life: he's captain of the lacrosse team at LionsHeart Academy, and he's dating the most popular girl in school. Things couldn't be better for Eli. Eli's perfect life disappears in a split moment, however, when he overdoses at his friend's house party. Seeing her son at rock bottom is the incentive Eli's mum needs to admit him to LakeShore Recovery Center on a 28-day treatment program.

The book started off well. It grabbed my attention right away as it was dealing with a very important subject matter that many people, high school students in this case, find challenging and stuggle to cope with, so I found it intriguing that it was delving into this topic. Once rehab started, however, the story became a cliche, and it was borderline dull. I still read on as I found it had a lot of potential. It could have been a lot better than it turned out to be, and I think the major reason it wasn't as enjoyable for me as it should have been was because of the protagonist. Eli was an unlikeable character throughout most of the book. I barely tolerated him. He was just a whiny character who snaps at everyone trying to help him. It wouldn't have been bad if there had been some alteration to his character by the end of the book, but I didn't see any change at all. Libby was even a less favourable character than Eli, so I didn't see the significance of her character, other than for the purpose of adding an edge of romance, which seemed somewhat forced within the context of the story.

It was an okay read - at least, the first quatre of the book. Had the characters had more impact on me, I might have enjoyed the story a bit more.


Award: Bronze
Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars
Source: BookSirens

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