October 8, 2017 by ceresbooksworld
Mirror, Mirror by Cara Delevingne
Publication date: October 5th, 2017
Source: eArc from Netgalley.fr
Rating: 4 hearts
A gripping coming-of-age story that explores identity, sexuality, friendship and betrayal for fans of WE WERE LIARS, GO ASK ALICE and THE GIRLS.
Friend. Lover. Victim. Betrayer.
When you look in the mirror, what do you see?
Sixteen-year-old friends Red, Leo, Naima and Rose are like anyone their age: figuring out who they are and trying to navigate the minefield of school and relationships. Life isn’t perfect, but they’re united by their love of music and excited about what the future holds for their band.
That is until Naima dies in tragic circumstances, leaving behind only one word. ‘Sorry’.
What awful truth was she hiding? What dark secret was lurking behind her seemingly sunny persona? And how did Red, the self-styled protector of the group, fail to spot the warning signs?
While Rose turns to wild partying and Leo is shrouded by dark moods, Red sets out to uncover the truth and find out what – or perhaps who – was responsible for Naima’s death.
It’s a journey that will cause Red’s world to crumble, exposing the dark and dangerous truth behind the fragile surface of their existence. Nothing will ever be the same again, because once a mirror is shattered, it can’t be fixed.
I knew Cara Delevingne as an actress and I discovered that she wrote a book, I thought “why not, let’s see what it gives”. I’m not disappointed.
After the disappearance of Naomi and her return to the brink of death, the relationship between the group members changes. They were welded together, the group allowed them to forget their problems and to finally be happy to live.
Red’s mother is an alcoholic, she gets to stay pretty restless in the day to look after Gracie, Red’s little sister. His father works hard at last, he has many mistresses and is rarely at home. Red felt alone until he met Leo, Naomi and Rose. He was the group member who was closest to Naomi and he has doubts about what happened to her. She was inevitably assaulted and the culprit must be found. I like Red, his life is complicated but he is a nice character, he would like his family to stop destroying each other but he protects his little sister the best he can. He is also the group’s drummer.
Leo also has family problems, he will have to make decisions that will probably change his life. He is the guitarist of the band, I didn’t specifically hang on this character, I understand his choices, but I didn’t really manage to identify with him.
Rose is the singer, her stepmother is young and doesn’t like her, her father never takes care of her, so she plays with guys. She’s beautiful and she knows it, something has happened to her in the past but I don’t feel that it has changed anything to her behavior. I really have no affinity with Rose, she is superficial and I don’t understand the choices she makes. You will understand by reading the book. However, she’s an important character, and even if I don’t appreciate her, she has certain quality.
Naomi is not very present considering her condition but we learn a lot about her and I appreciate her. She’s a young girl who has been threatened by love and unfortunately it is something that can happen to any teenager. What happened to her is horrible, I felt a lot about her, I wanted to protect her, to find out who had done this to her and to torture him and make him undergo the same things.
Ashira is Naomi’s sister, a computer genius and she’s going to be Red’s main ally to find who hurt her sister and knock him down. I loved Ashira, she has a fairly impressive reply, she doesn’t like people and looks a bit like me. She’s going to do everything to find the culprit because she loves her sister. It’s also she who discovers through videos what happened to Naomi and only for that I sympathize with her.
This book was a real surprise, I was surprised by several things and I strongly advise you to read it. It deals with friendship, love, and what young teenagers live and experience, mainly because of the emergence of social networks. The bad people existed before but their field of action was restricted, social networks allowed them to find easier prey. We will discover all the ugliness of the world in this book, I already knew that I had to prepare my children for everything but it is even worse than what I thought.
The written introduction by the author is really interesting and gave me even more desire to read Mirror, Mirror.
Quick word: A story of friendship and introspection that will surprise you.