A couple of weeks ago I was invited to read and review ‘Being Layla Hart’. Since this book sounded different and interesting I decided to give it a try.
In ‘Being Layla Hart’ we meet April Collins. April thinks her life is over after she had a humiliating experience right in front of the boy she had a crush one. After this experience April is desperate to be somebody else or move to another country. Together with her best friend Sophia, April makes a social media profile of the perfect girl, Layla Hart. This is a girl who looks beautiful, has perfect parents and a perfect life. But what April didn’t expect was waking up the next day as Layla Hart. April is stunned to realize she became the girl she invented and now all she can do is go on with her life as a totally different person.
‘Being Layla Hart’ is a book unlike the others I have read recently. The main character April is fifteen years old and just had an awful experience in front of the boy she likes. Like many fifteen year old, she thinks her life is over after what happened. This results in her waking up one day as a completely different person, a beautiful girl she invented with her best friend.
This book had some very funny moments. While reading this book I was reminded of my early teen years when everything felt like it could be the end of the world. This book was fun to read and the writing was easy to follow. I enjoyed the adventures of April as Layla. But most of all I enjoyed reading about the friendship between April and her best friend Sophia. This was definitely a friendship I could be jealous about. April and Sophia shared everything and they were always there for each other.
The main character April was a girl I would have liked in real life. She enjoyed reading and was very serious about her school work. April had some privileges in her school library because she was so fond of reading and I could definitely relate to her. April reacted to her parents’ divorce like most teens would. Her dad had this new girlfriend and moved far way, and April felt like her dad’s girlfriend was the one to blame for her parents’ divorce. Although April loves her mom and their new home, she feels like things have to chance. She feels too old for the my little pony curtains in her room, and since her body doesn’t seem to develop as much as her classmates, she just wants to be another person. I think this is definitely something everyone could relate to at least once in their lives.
I definitely enjoyed this book. It was funny and very easy to follow. I do think I would have liked this book much more if I read it as a teenager. Somethings just felt a little childish and I couldn’t relate to everything the way I think I would as a teenager.
I would definitely recommend this book to teenagers out there, looking for a fun read.
About the Author:
As a little girl, Amanda never missed an opportunity to play to dress ups and not so surprisingly, she always showed off a variety of different fashion looks for any occasion! As she grew older, Amanda became drawn to the glamorous world of the theatre where she was excited to find that playing dress ups was just an everyday occurrence. After several years in show business, Amanda arrived back at school as a Drama teacher. With such a theatrical background, the idea of "stepping into someone else's shoes" grabbed her attention and she just had to explore it in her novel, Being Layla Hart. She hopes you enjoy!
For more information about Amanda McKelt and ‘Being Layla Hart’ please visit her website and Instagram.
I received this book in exchange for my honest review from CBB Book Promotions.