A neglected girl’s chaotic coming-of-age becomes a trending new hashtag in a novel about growing up and getting away by an award-winning author.
Underprivileged and keenly self-aware, SoCal fourteen-year-old Layla Bailey isn’t used to being noticed. Except by mean girls who tweet about her ragged appearance. All she wants to do is indulge in her love of science, protect...more
I love you, dear author.
The book is so real.
Trigger warnings: Bullying, drug addiction, violence, abuse
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Coming of age.
I cannot stop crying.
Layla, you need better people in your life as you grow up. And I know you are going to be with better people now.
You are such a smart kid. You will grow up beautiful and strong, much stronger than you were. And yassss, if your YouTube c ...more
Thanks so much to Netgalley and to the publisher for sending me an electronic copy o ...more
This is not an easy read. The narrator and lead character, Layla, warns us of this early on:
"Life is hard and complicated and messy. Life is parasites that live in your gut and brilliant scientists teaching a gorilla to use sign language. Life is moths that drink tears, and the flu virus, and nothing you can control. Life is sometimes using a knife to comb your hair, because absolutely nothing else works, and life always finds a way through." ...more
Apparently this is Ms Elison's first YA book, she usually writes fantasy, and there is certainly a bit of that in this story as it's pretty fantastical. Layla is 14 with a Mum from hell and a little brother who she pretty much raises and looks after in their squalid living situation.
But Layla is a survivor, living under the radar and still maintaining a 4.0 grade average in ...more
This book was… peculiar.
The premise is exactly that: a girl and her little brother who live in a very unstable environment, with an even more unstable mother whose only purpose in the story is to be a terrible person that is clearly in no condition to raise children. I did think that the message of this book was very evident and I was able to sympathize with Layla towards the end. However, I struggled a lot with this book, and therefore it took lo ...more
The synopsis for this book immediately grabbed my attention. I knew this wouldn't be an easy read. However, I set my hopes high, because if I was going to put myself through this gut-retching experience, I expected the quality of the work to be stellar. As you can see from my review, the author delivered.
The author did a phenomenal job capturing the voice of a young girl, Layla Bailey, who is so broken down, yet at the same ti ...more
Layla is our nerdy quintessential 14 year old. I loved her witty remarks throughout the story. She doesn't know how to do makeup so she says, "she's allergic" to it.
Poor Layla, doesn't have a "HOME SWEET HOME" , she is bitten by poverty and lives in the most horrible and squalid conditions ( reading about it made me feel grateful and blessed for what I have), her father isn't in the picture anymore and ...more
It was the apparent honesty that killed me. No sugar coating. No Disney. I can't say more because I don't want to spoil this for anyone. But I read this whole book in three hours. I almost literally couldn't put it down. I'm pretty far from a young adult, but I have a memory and so much of this resonated hard. Thanks, Meg Ellison. And thanks, fictional Layla: You need to read "Lab Girl." 😊😉 ...more
So here's the good:
-easy to read - I read it in 1 four hour sitting
Here's the less good:
-Without getting into spoilers, there are giant holes in the plot. While we have the narration of Layla about what is happening, we don't really know how she feels about it. We kind of get glimpses but from the first flashback of trying to care for her own hair to the ending, we ...more
Layla isn't the kind of young girl who usually gets her own YA novel. Yet, within a few pages of "Find Layla" you'll find yourself drawn to this remarkable young girl who's never really been ...more
The writing blew me away. It's SO well done. The teenage perspective is very well handled and it truly feels like Layla leading the story rather than an adult writer. I sunk right into the pages and it felt like reading a diary. The detail to the senses is both impressive and assaulting. The detail to the s ...more
Everything about this story makes it a book everyone should read - I truly felt for Layla and Andy and as an adult could see things way before them. A must read. ...more
It's a beautifully weaved heart wrenching tale about a 14 year old Layla Bailey, who survives among various biomes with an adorable vampire teeth brother and an abusive mother. One simple biology assignment throws her life apart, for better or for worse. The smart little teenager navigates through situations you'd never want yourself or anyone else to be in for that matter... It makes you cry. But it also does teach you that your life, whatever you have, is quite lucky in itself. It ...more
It's a short book, but it packs an emotional wallop. Layla is living in squalor, basically parenting her six-year-old brother, while being a honor roll student who wants to be a scientist. She's bullied at school and sometimes at home too. Her mom vacillates between screaming at her kids or just checking out altogether, sometimes leaving the ...more
And then it ended like 50 pages before I felt like it should. I quite literally read the last page, saw the author bio pop up, then went back to make sure I didn't skip like a ton of pages.
It takes a while to get going o ...more
This is currently an Amazon First Read for August 2020. With Amazon Prime, you can choose one kindle book to read a prerelease copy of.
Be warned: this is not a light read. But it is a story that needs to be read. It needs to be shared and thought about. Find Layla is a story about absent parents and neglected kids, sorrow and hope. It's the deeply touching and emotionally gripping story of a girl just trying to survive with all th ...more
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This story is fiction, but an incredible ...more
Ok, so did I pick this book purely because it has my name in it and I rarely find my name in books? Why yes, yes I did.
What I wasn't expecting was the parallels this characters life had with my own. This was poignant, raw and beautiful.
Layla's story is a story that belongs to so many young people around the world, struggle, neglect, responsibility and love.
An emotional ride ftom start to end. If you're looking for a heart wre ...more