Monday, 13 June 2011

Gabrielle by Lucy Kevin

In bestselling author Lucy Kevin's new novel, GABRIELLE, a 17 year old songwriting student at a high school for the arts, suddenly finds herself caught between a good boy, a bad boy...and an ancient legacy that comes with its very own curse. 

This was a really enjoyable read – and I am actually watching Gigi as I type this review.

I didn’t know what to expect from this book as I have only ever seen the film Gigi and never read the book but it was not a disappointment. The idea of Courtesans is pretty intriguing, and the idea of them in modern times is even more so. Although perhaps it is a little bit of an unconventional and ‘touchy’ subject I thought that what we were told of it was well handled and well put.

I could understand Gabrielle’s reactions to what she was told by her grandmother and I am glad that she reacted the way she did and that it wasn’t dumbed down at all. I enjoyed reading about her exploding as I have read far too many books were things deserving of a good argument have just been brushed over so I gave a sigh of ‘finally’ when I was reading this.

It was good how she understood the life that her grandmother lead and how she didn’t judge her for it but then as soon as she discovered how it affected her she had her melt down. It was also very realistic how she closed herself off from her grandmother. And all of her actions were justifies, nothing seemed childish or unnecessary to me, but exactly how I would react is faced with the same situation. 

It will be interesting to see who Gabrielle finally goes for at the end of the story. The boy who needs her or the boy who makes her feel comfortable. 

The one major disappointment is that it seemed like the story was just getting started when BANG! End of story. BUT, on the other hand, I can’t wait for the sequel to come out.  

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