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Review: Tales From My Closet

TalesFromMyClosetPublisher: Scholastic Press
Author: Jennifer Anne Moses
Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction

★ ☆★ ☆★ – 4 Stars

Five girls. A paper dress. Tons of shoes. One unforgettable raincoat. White Jeans. Secrets. Drama. Friends?
For Justine, Bianca, Becka, Polly, and Anne, living in Westfield, New Jersey is “life on planet toilet paper.” At least that’s how Justine feels when she shows up as the new girl in school wearing a Scott Paper Caper dress. To her, it’s a super-original fashion statement. But other “loser freaks” don’t agree.
The other girls have their own fashion issues, ranging from fabulous boots to raggedy pajamas to what to wear to therapy. Told in alternating voices, TALES FROM MY CLOSET follows the stories of high school kids who have nothing in common–and everything in common. They’re at war with each other, but through their clothes, they reveal and conceal themselves and make peace with what it means to be a teen. Over the course of a school year, their individual struggles and successes come together to tell a story that’s funny, honest, and all-girl fabulous.

Loved the alternating stories throughout the book. Huge of family secrets, financial instabilities, denial, self-image, self-discovery, teenage hormones, and a fashion sense that will drive them crazy! With the alternating stories, you got the insight of all the girl’s thoughts, and how everything played out. Of course all the girls have a connection that is bound to be nothing but true friends.
The story was very well put together, inviting, and you can really see how this could easily be a true life story. My only downfall was some of the characters lacked building, and I would love to known more about them. However, it is definitely worth a read and will recommend to those would love Young Adult.

About the Author
JenniferMosesJennifer Anne Moses, who lived for years in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is a writer and painter who currently lives in Montclair, NJ, where the pizza is much better but the Zydeco, not so much. In addition to her books, she’s published dozens of essays, articles, Op Ed pieces, and short stories, and her work has been anthologized in the Pushcart Prizes and New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best. At readings, she mainly tells stories and jokes. She and her husband have two mutts and three children.

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Disclosure: I won this book for free via Goodreads First Reads. I did not have to do the review, and this review is my honest opinion.

Review: The Comfort of Lies

The Comfort of LiesPublisher: Atria Books
Author: Randy Susan Meyers
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Review Source:  NetGalley/Atria Books

★ ☆★ ☆ – 4 Stars

Summary: (Goodreads)
“Happiness at someone else’s expense came at a price. Tia had imagined judgment from the first kiss that she and Nathan shared. All year, she’d waited to be punished for being in love, and in truth, she believed that whatever consequences came her way would be deserved.” Five years ago, Tia fell into obsessive love with a man she could never have. Married, and the father of two boys, Nathan was unavailable in every way. When she became pregnant, he disappeared, and she gave up her baby for adoption.
Five years ago, Caroline, a dedicated pathologist, reluctantly adopted a baby to please her husband. She prayed her misgivings would disappear; instead, she’s questioning whether she’s cut out for the role of wife and mother.
Five years ago, Juliette considered her life ideal: she had a solid marriage, two beautiful young sons, and a thriving business. Then she discovered Nathan’s affair. He promised he’d never stray again, and she trusted him.
But when Juliette intercepts a letter to her husband from Tia that contains pictures of a child with a deep resemblance to her husband, her world crumbles once more. How could Nathan deny his daughter? And if he’s kept this a secret from her, what else is he hiding? Desperate for the truth, Juliette goes in search of the little girl. And before long, the three women and Nathan are on a collision course with consequences that none of them could have predicted.
Riveting and arresting, The Comfort of Lies explores the collateral damage of infidelity and the dark, private struggles many of us experience but rarely reveal.

My Review:
This book is so good, I read it within a day, it is a serious read, but the author knew how to bring out the best in the characters. The book is about three women, all wrapped up together due to a little girl named Savannah. It all starts with an affair that Tia had with Juliette’s husband Nathan, Nathan on the other hand never mentioned anything about Savannah to his wife, but he confessed about his affair with Tia.
The author makes it known that we all make mistakes whether it is for the good, bad or the ugly, or just completely falls into something. She brings out the honesty of what people go through in an Affair and brings it to life, to show not only what goes on between the couple, but how it affects everyone, not just intermediate family, but everyone who is connected to each individual.
The only problem I had was the multi-characters, and some of the actions that they done. Some actions did not quite add up to what would go in in a “real-life” situation, like how Caroline (Nathan’s Wife) kept the secret that she knew about the daughter. Caroline decided to read a letter to Nathan from Tia. Her mood shifts and she is constantly saying or doing hurtful things, but does not tell Nathan she knew the secret for months. I do not know. This did not sit with me, maybe because I am the type not to hide anything.

About the Author: (Amazon)
Born in Brooklyn, New York, where she quickly moved from playing with dolls to incessantly reading, spending most of the time at the Kensington Branch Library. Early on she developed a penchant for books rooted in social issues,  early favorites being “Karen” and “The Family Nobody Wanted.” Shortly she moved onto Jubilee and The Diary of Anne Frank.
Her dreams of justice simmered at the fantastically broadminded Camp Mikan, where she went from camper to counselor, culminating in a high point when she landed the role of Adelaide in the staff production of “Guys and Dolls.”
Soon she was ready to change the world, starting with protests at Tilden High and City College of New York, until she left to pursue the dream in Berkeley, California, where she supported herself by selling candy, nuts, and ice cream in Bartons of San Francisco. Then, world-weary at too-tender an age, she returned to New York, married, and traded demonstrations for diapers.
While raising two daughters, she tended bar, co-authored a nonfiction book on parenting, ran a summer camp, and helped resurrect and run a community center.
Once her girls left for college, she threw herself deeper into social service and education by working with batterers and victims of domestic violence. She is certain her novels are imbued with all the above, as well as her journey from obsessing over bad boys to loving a good man.
Many things can save your life–children who warm your heart, the love of a good man, a circle of wonderful friends, and a great sister. After a tumultuous start in life, she is lucky enough to now have all these things. She lives in Boston with her husband, where she lived by the words of Gustave Flaubert: “Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.”
The dark drama of her debut novel, THE MURDERER’S DAUGHTERS, is informed by her years of work with batterers, domestic violence victims, and at-risk youth impacted by family violence.

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