Friday, July 2, 2021

One Great Lie


Author: Ded Caletti 

Narrator: Imani Jade Powers

Publishers: Simon Audio

Year: 2021

Thank you Simon & Schuster Audio for the #gifedbook! Charlotte’s big dream is to be an author. She wins a scholarship for a summer intensive writing workshop in Venice, Italy run by critically acclaimed and best selling author Luca Bruni. Besides working on her craft under the tutelage of the charismatic Bruni, Charlotte hopes to discover more about a centuries old family member, poet Isabella Di Angelo. According to family lore it was Isabella who was the real author of a very famous poem and not the man it is attributed to. As the summer progresses, Charlotte meets a very cute Venetian college student who helps uncover Isabelle’s long lost history. But becoming the focus of Bruni’s uncomfortable attention shatters her spirit and sends Charlotte running back home. Can Charlotte find her voice to tell Isabella’s story and her own? 

There are so many layers to Deb Caletti’s latest YA contemporary novel. Imani Jade Powers’ narration is nuanced and gripping. This isn’t just a breezy summer romance story. Charlotte’s feelings towards Bruni are complicated. She’s overwhelmed and star struck because she loves his words and his books. She wants him to notice her they way he pays attention so some of the other students in the workshop. When Bruni starts to flirt with Charlotte, she is both flattered by his attention and then increasingly uncomfortable with it. Coletti weaves together the past and the present into a compelling story of two girls standing up to powerful men. TW: grooming, sexual assault, slut shaming. 

Happy Friday? Any plans for the holiday weekend? We’re going to a BBQ a family tomorrow. Hope y’all have a wonderful weekend!

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