Hi Everyone! I have been MIA recently due to a big life change and no access to my laptop/internet. I’m so happy to be able to be back and posting again! Today, I will be sharing a review for My Dear Ellie by Aisha Urooj!
What would you do for your Best friend?Cassandra Grace will live through heartbreaks over a thousand lifetimes.
Ellie (Eleanor James) wants to be a superstar. She has natural beauty and talent but is super impatient in achieving her goals. She drops out of High School to pursue acting. She achieves greater success but it comes at a cost. She dwells deeper into darkness as fame becomes a dangerous drug to her.
Cassie (Cassandra Grace) is sweet and loving. She is terribly indecisive about what she wants to do in life but will follow Ellie anywhere, including dropping out of High School. After a few years, she decides to go back to University and discovers her love for English literature. As her life gains purpose, she doesn’t realize how much her friend Ellie is drifting into despair. Can she save her? She vows to be there for Ellie and to get her the life she deserves to have, even if it means challenging Fate…and losing everything she loves to save her.
‘My Dear Ellie’ is Aisha Urooj’s debut novel and is the first in the Love & Friendship trilogy series. She is currently working on her second novel ‘Eleanor’s Travels’ which will chronicle Ellie’s once-in-a-lifetime trip around the world, a extraordinary present given by her parents on her twenty-first birthday.
Read ‘My Dear Ellie’ to learn about the two best friends and the two extraordinary girls, Ellie and Cassie. Join them in their triumphs, their struggles, their adventures and misadventures, and most of all join them for the love and friendship shared between them growing up from little girls to young ladies.
What I liked:
Length: Every now and then we all need that quick read – this is the perfect novel for that! Being a shorter read it makes it much more likely for anyone to complete sucessfully without issue and is a great filler read if you’re in between other books at the moment. This length allows you to fall in love with the characters without becoming bored of them.
The friendship between Ellie and Cassie: Perfect representation of what a lot of female friendships actually look like and that they can tend to lean a little on the unhealthy side. This is representation that you is not normally seen across your typical YA novel.
A lesson to be learned: The overwhelming lesson I took from this book was never to take someone/something for granted, it’s represented in different ways throughout the novel and just executed so well that I had to mention it.
Tone: Things got much darker than I expected them to, I was thrilled to find a YA novel about friendship that isn’t all sunshine and unicorns.
Struggles: Financial struggles are represented in a realistic way throughout this book especially for people in their position. Aisha properly portrayed financial irresponsibility and managed to make it believable for young people their age.
What I didn’t like:
Pacing: Hi! Hello! Have you been here before? If so then you know I am a stickler for pacing in a novel. I severely dislike when a novels pacing seems off to the point the plot feels unbalanced. This is only a little bit a problem in this novel thankfully, but I generally had a hard time finding things I dislike about this novel.
Cassie: Something happens in the book that I expected to have a much larger impact on Cassie than it actually did, which was somewhat of a letdown for me. This is something I hope to see more of/further effects of in future novels if the author chooses to continue writing Cassie’s story.
Overall, I found My Dear Ellie to be a charming and unique coming of age story, with a dark twist that I definitely recommend to other readers!
I also want to send a huge congratulations to Aisha for the publication of this novel, which is also her debut! That’s a huge accomplishment and I can’t wait to see what other great things Aisha publishes in the future! Huge thank you to Aisha for my copy of My Dear Ellie, which I received in exchange for an honest review.