Run fast and run far, unless you’re fearless. Unless you’re courageous. I’m not, but I’d like to be.
Pearl Jaeger is seventeen and homeless after drugs, poverty, and addiction unraveled the life she shared with JJ, her formerly glamorous rock star mother.
This moment of happiness is fleeting; someone will take it from me.
When tragedy brings a chance to start over at an...more
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While I have always appreciated realistic and gritty stories - take a look at some of my favorites, Little Peach and Living Dead Girl - something about drugs has always put me off.
I didn't like Ellen Hopkins' Crank, though I know it was meant to show how damaging drugs are. Something about it made me feel foul and I was beyond relieved when I finished it. The same went for this book.
Pearl has had a hard life. She grew up with her ...more
It’s about the daughter of a drug addict who used to be a famous singer. When Pearl’s mother messes up for the million time, Pearl is sent to a private boarding school by her rich uncle to save the family face. Once there, Pearl finds herself battling the demons of her rough past, while trying to refresh her life and make something of her life.
I mainly liked this book because Pearl ...more
I really really loved this book! I loved the concept, our main character, her struggles, and the flow of the writing. There was enough time spent with Pearl getting to know her very intimately, but also it takes place over a good year and a half I believe, so we see her change and learn and lots of events happen to keep you turning the pages. And Pearl herself had unique interests, so that she not only ...more
Deirdre's writing is metaphorical, lyrical and just straight up beautiful. I would listen to/read her writing all day long. She flawlessly ...more
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"I don't care if she doubts me. I don't need to prove that I'm hardcore, having seen and done things that she probably only fan ...more
This book follows Pearl Jaeger, a young lady who is the daughter of Janet Jaeger, a drug addict who once was a rock star. Being the daughter of a drug addict was causing problems to Pearl, and one day something bad happened and her uncle started to take care of her. She was sent to a boarding school, and there she met some cool friends and a few problems too. In other words, this book follows the life of a young girl who once believed she was ...more
Diversity: Pearl's roommate Charmindy is Indian. Pearl's mother is a drug addict.
When first hearing about Pearl I was automatically intrigued by the synopsis, the writing already had my attention which is a hard thing to do in just a small blurb. And let’s not forget the cover, although honestly who could, it is absolutely GORGEOUS.I really don't think the cover could fit the feel and message of the book any more perfectly! ...more
After reading and loving Deirdre Riordan Hall’s Sugar, I was excited to read Pearl. This was a book that was full of heartache and tough subjects, but it was also beautiful, hopeful, and inspiring.
Pearl hasn’t had an easy life. As the daughter of a has-been rock star who’s more worried about her next fix than about her own daughter, Pearl has been left to fend for herself for a long time. The streets of New York City and her love ...more
This was a tough book to read, not only because of how it was written, but because of the content. This sounds bad, but it's actually a compliment.
This story follows Pearl who has grown up in poverty because of her mum's recklessness and drug addiction. Her mum's desperation throughout the early parts of the book is tangible. You realise early on that in order to cope with this, Pearl internalises everything - this is her strength and her weakness. When circumstances abruptly change and she ...more
What a gritty, beautiful and heartfelt story. Pearl by Deirdre Riordan Hall is about a girl who is the daughter of a drug addict and former rock star. When things turn sour, she’s sent to an elite boarding school in New York to have the chance to start over and make a better life.
I love the perspective of this story and how there’s hope in the middle of pain and suffering.
The author does an amazing job at revealing how we each have choices in our lives, and though the past has molded us, w ...more
Let me start this off with commending the author for the incredible writing. I have never been more immersed in a story like this. The metaphors and description used created such an atmosphere that I knew this book was going to be one for the records! It definitely makes me add another novel of Deirdre Riordan Hall, Sugar, to my “to buy” list!
Another note, I so adored the cover art of this book. I mean look at it. It is gorgeous and every time I look at the cover I c ...more
I really enjoyed reading this book, especially since it was a total departure from what I read most of the time. Pearl Jaeger is the daughter of Janet Jaeger, JJ, former member of the huge girl group known as The Shrapnels. JJ is not so much a mother as a drug addict, washed-up star who floats from place to place, boyfriend to boyfriend, looking for her next high. Because Pearl is so young, she is forced to follow ...more
It’s all about fighting your inner demons….and external ones too.
1. #INTENSE COVER CRUSH. IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL I HAVE AT LEAST 30 PHOTOS IN MY PHONE OF THE COVER.LOOK AT THOSE COLORS THO.
2. This is a CHARACTER DRIVEN STORY. I feel like this is super important to point out because you’re not going to experience major plot twists or “big reveals” like you would in most YA novels. It’s all about ...more
"I hear a whisper; maybe it's my heart. I belong with me. I almost instantly forget it, but like a seed planted in fertile earth, those words dig down, preparing the ground to help me reclaim my mind, heart and body. What little I have amounts to those three things, and they are mine and mine alone."
I don’t usually read contemporary YA novels because they usually feel somewhat cliché and unrealistic (at least those I’ve read so far) so I really was curious to see if Pearl would be able to su ...more
It took me a while to finish Pearl, but not from the lack of plot rather more a reading slump. I am not one to lean on contemporary fiction. I usually stick to fantasy and science fiction, but something about the synopsis of Pearl drew me in. I wish I hadn't taken so long to finish it because it was a surprisingly good read. Pearl is a story that is mostly steered by the characters rather than exciting events, which sets it apart ...more
This book was a no-nonsense, gritty, definitely not sugar-coated tale of triumph after struggle. It was real, and it was spectacular. For anyone who has ever faced a harsh reality, but found a way through, or just enjoys a boarding-school story sprinkled with late nights, rock n' roll, and of course Deirdre Riordan Hall's signature sparkle, this book is a must read. Not to mention the absolutely gorgeous cover! Riordan Hall's second YA was just as full-of-the-feels as the first, Sugar (chec ...more
Pearl lives almost entirely in her own head. She examines every moment carefully, tying it back to her previous experience. This starts off from page one. You’re dumped in the middle of Pearl’s life, just as it seems like there’s nowhere to go.
But even when Pearl was at her worst, there seemed to be hope for her. She never stops questioning her life - if she’s doing what she wan ...more
At the beginning, PEARL drew me into the story and I was so interested in the plot. Once she gets to boarding school, the novel became progressively less interesting until I was skipping pages just to get to the lackluster ending.
Despite her interesting backstory, PEARL isn't a very interesting character. She la ...more
This book is by no means bad, and I could see how some people could really enjoy this. But the combination of my reading slump and my inability to connect with the characters is making me really bored with this. Hopefully I'll be able to pick this up soon and finish it!
“The only enemy you have is yourself. Stay there, with her, until you aren’t enemies anymore.”
Pearl was a novel I didn't think I'd enjoy that ended up completely surprising me. It's a very in depth look at what trauma, abuse, and growing up around addiction will do to someone, especially a teenage girl.
Pearl is the daughter of washed up former rock star Janet Jaeger--or JJ, as others call her. JJ used to have it all--fame, money, designer clothes, an ardent fanbase. ...more
The Artist's Journey is probably my favorite character arc, and I love art. My great aunt was a painter, and reading the detailed descriptions in this book made me want to get my hands on a canvas and some supplies. Paints, pastels—it made me want to learn how to draw.
I'm a big fan of minima ...more
Deirdre studied at George Washington University. She enjoys writing, reading, surfing, and yoga. One of the best things about those activities is they're all done barefoot. Although she loves shoes, she doesn't like to wear them.
Deirdre writes upper young adult and new adult fiction. She spends her days with her fam ...more