ARC Review: The Girl and the Grove by Eric Smith // I am so lost and I give up

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Teenager Leila’s life is full of challenges. From bouncing around the foster care system to living with seasonal affective disorder, she’s never had an easy road. Leila keeps herself busy with her passion for environmental advocacy, monitoring the Urban Ecovists message board and joining a local environmental club with her best friend Sarika. And now that Leila has finally been adopted, she dares to hope her life will improve.

But the voices in Leila’s head are growing louder by the day. Ignoring them isn’t working anymore. Something calls out to her from the grove at Fairmount Park. 

Author: Eric Smith

Publisher: Flux

Publication Date: May 8th 2018

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So… as you’ve seen on the title… I had no idea what was happening here. Not even plot wise, I understood the main plot; it was what the main character was doing with the relationships she was creating.

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Keeping it short: Leila, recently adopted occasionally hears voices. The only person she’s told is her old friend from the group home, Sarika. While attending summer school, Leila and Sarika join an environmental club. After a date gone wrong, the voices become louder and more clear. She finds a grove, edging closer to finding out more about her biological parents.

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The beginning promised some an amazing story… and fell flat after about 20%. I was lost. And it wasn’t the plot, I understood that- she had to save the grove and stuff. It was the choices Leila made based on the characters she interacted with as well as why certain characters were even there in the first place.

Like the implied love interest, Shawn. After their disaster date, that whole notion of them being together was shut down. Yet Leila and Sarika mention the ‘tension’ that happened when they were in the room together. And he stays in the story doing nothing. Why was he there? What was his purpose? On top of all this, there’s another love interest who is the actual endgame. I saw no chemistry.

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Leila as a main character was cool. Her love for the environment and her Seasonal Affective Disorder was a nice interest seeing as I haven’t read about either in the books I read. The disorder isn’t expanded on, it’s just a thing that happens.

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The best parts about this book was Sarika. I laughed out loud on her parts on multiple times. And Leila’s parents were the sweetest ❤ . However, the dad did a 180 in a scene that might’ve been the catalyst of me being taken out of the book. Overall? Though the concept was nice, I wasn’t having fun.

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