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The Girl and the Grove By EricSmith The Girl and the Grove 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 passi

  • Title: The Girl and the Grove
  • Author: EricSmith
  • ISBN: 9781635830187
  • Page: 198
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Girl and the Grove By EricSmith 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 finallyTeenager 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 any Something calls out to her from the grove at Fairmount Park.
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    1. Erin on said:

      3 stars youryareader 201I received this book from Netgalley in return for a honest review I wanted to first off thank the publishers for giving me the opportunity to review this book Happy Thanksgiving everyone On to the review.So basically I came into this book with pretty high expectations The description for the book intrigued me so I was so ready to dive in I will analyze the characters and then tell you my problems that I had with this book and the things I enjoyed about it Leila In this st [...]

    2. Acqua on said:

      Well, this was disappointing.2.25 stars.The Girl and the Grove brings a new, interesting perspective to the contemporary fantasy genre, focusing on themes of environmentalism and family instead of the romance or the magical creatures, although those two elements are still present and relevant.I loved the premise of this book my problem was the execution.I didn t like the writing at all It was often awkward, almost amateurish at times, and with this premise magical groves in the park there was so [...]

    3. The Bookavid on said:

      THE GIRL AND THE GROVE was so nice From the nuanced way adoption is handled to the wonderfully refreshing seasonal affective disorder rep to the fantastic voice and creative story, this is exactly the kind of magic infused contemporary I wish we d see This is the first time I m seeing somebody use a medical daylight lamp light box in fiction, too, hey, I ve got one so this meant especially a lot to me Environmental activism plays a huge role in protagonist Leila s life and the story is pretty m [...]

    4. Cindy on said:

      charming, and a delightful surprise i loved the themes inthis book, from family, to friendship, to love in all its forms,including our mother earth smith defly weaves in adoptionand activism as well a magical read

    5. Rachel Strolle on said:

      A little bit HOOT, a little bit magic, a little bit FAR FROM THE TREE, all together lovely

    6. jv poore on said:

      Once in a while, a book means so much to me that I need my metaphorical sandwich board and bell to adequately express my adoration It is entirely in that spirit that I introduce The Girl and the Grove by Eric Smith Immediately irresistible, the anomalous story of amateur arborist, Leila, branches out and grows faster than her rescued sapling, Major Willow Since Leila has basically bounced around Philadelphia, popping in and out of the group home, she and her best bud bonded by creating their own [...]

    7. LaRonda (Flying Paperbacks) on said:

      You can see my full review here The first 10 20% of the book was cool I liked the main character and loved her adoptive parents Her friendship with Sarika was also probably the best part of the book After that initial beginning of the story, I had no idea what was happening It wasn t as if too much was happening, I just couldn t understand where the story was going Adding Leila s Seasonal Affective Disorder was a huge catalyst for me wanting to read this considering I ve never read a book featur [...]

    8. McKelle George on said:

      Read an early draft of this one and it was lovely and heartfelt and the unique formatting was a completely fascinating blend of modernism set against themes rooted to earth and nature instead of technology Can t wait for it to hit the shelves.

    9. Taylor on said:

      I received an arc from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I really enjoyed this book Leila had a tough life in the foster system, which is definitely one of th reasons why I picked this book I don t see many books about kids dealing with the foster system I also loved how she was active in the environmentalist group, which definitely sends a positive message to readers The supernatural element blended in well with the plot, but I can t say or else you will lose the element of surprise T [...]

    10. Leeza Robertson on said:

      Let me start by saying, this is a very special book for both obvious and not so obvious reasons First the obvious, this book deals adoption or to the point, the bridge between being adopted and feeling like you belong to a family We meet Leila, our main character when she has found herself in a new adopted family Her anxiety is palatable, you can seriously taste the acrid raw emotions of her past and present experiences as they ooze out of her The story takes into consideration all the normal a [...]

    11. Hanna Fogel on said:

      3.5 stars Man did this book make me miss Philly And the author, who I m also lucky enough to know

    12. Erin on said:

      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 the [...]

    13. Hope McGreger on said:

      To be noted I was given a copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review This book was free, and my review is not biased towards that fact in any way These are my opinions only, as everyone is entitled to them and should only be taken as an idea for whether or not you would like to read the book yourself In the end, no matter what review I give, props to the author for writing what they love, and actually publishing a book.The Girl and the GroveWarning Spoilers WithinFor star [...]

    14. Jordan on said:

      Originally posted at Musings of an Incurable Bookworm.Sixteen year old Leila has recently been adopted But one thing she hasn t told her new parents about the whispering on the breeze that she occasionally hears, the nagging feeling that someone is trying to talk to her 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 Leila has always felt a special affinity with plants and trees While out on what [...]

    15. Hassaan on said:

      Okay, so I have no idea which level of it this book lives on So I ll tell you everything i thought about this book though that s maybe what I m supposed to do.Likes I loved the general idea of the book It raises environmental awareness, in a very weird yet fun way, and there s also a lot of diversity and girl and girl friendships which i appreciated Also, as an animal lover, i loved how much emphasis was put into how our actions reflect in our environment and how we should all care a little Esp [...]

    16. Carly on said:

      I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I was super excited to read this book after hearing about it months ago from the author on social media, and it didn t disappoint I don t read much YA, and I m 22, so I knew going into this book that I wasn t really the intended audience, so I m not gonna fault it for things I couldn t really relate to, because, well, I m not a teenager That being said, I still did relate to the characters a lot and found them all ver [...]

    17. Naseem on said:

      Note NetGalley provided an ARC of this book in exchange for a review.Friends, this book is an utter delight that made me laugh and cry throughout.I understand the critiques in the other reviews, that there wasn t a lot of character development growth, that the villain was two dimensional None of that bothered me This book gives me fuzzy feelings of pure joy.I m not adopted, but I m planning on adopting, so reading a tale of an adopted kids and her feelings around that the what ifs of her biologi [...]

    18. Teri on said:

      This charming tale is an interesting blend of contemporary and fantasy, with a main character I just wanted to hug throughout the entire book Leila is a mature young woman with strong convictions who struggles with questions about her past, while also learning to trust her new family and find a sense of belonging And everyone should have a best friend like Sarika that person who always supports you and has your back no matter what who is also a snarky, talented coffee barista with a loyal Twitte [...]

    19. Jordan on said:

      I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Leila has a lot going on in her life She s grown up moving around between foster homes She lives with seasonal affective disorder She s recently been adopted, She has a passion for saving the environment And she hears voices in her head, that continue to grow louder, calling out for her help.I ended up enjoying this book a lot It has many different elements that it touches upon The main character has grown up in the foster system an [...]

    20. Erica Mae Campos on said:

      Review is originally published on my blog bookishpuffcorn.wordpressThe Girl and the Grove by Eric Smith is about Leila s adventure as she follows the voices she s been hearing since she was young It combines the genres fantasy and adventure Leila is an adopted child and has been with different foster parents, so the book also dwells on adoption and being an orphan.I like how Leila seems so pure She has this absolute love for the environment and takes care of her own sapling at her new parents ba [...]

    21. Sunshyne on said:

      This book really spoke to me Leila has been moved around from home to home through the foster system The has a passion for saving the environment and she loves trees Her best friend Sarika is the only one who knows she hears voices calling to her in the wind It scares her but she has a system to keep them at bay I immensely enjoyed this book The books main character is a young teen that has been shuffled around all her life She has finally been adopted but shes scared to accept that they want he [...]

    22. Elizabeth on said:

      Wow, just wow I just finished this book I read it pretty quickly because I just couldn t put it down I would highly recommend to any other adults who love a feel good story and young adult targets I picture this being a great middle grade to young adult genre novel It has power Although it ended perfectly and with closure, I also felt like it would be possible to write a sequel or turn into a series even if the author really wanted to Eric Smith captures the innocence and bravery and stubbornnes [...]

    23. Aubrey Marie on said:

      I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review I had a bit of trouble getting into the book in the beginning I did enjoy it and think it was a good book but it just wasn t my cup of tea The book was pretty predictable in my opinion I did like the adoptive aspect of the story as well as the high school drama I thought Shawn was unnecessary and felt like Leila I know I spelled that wrong was super sensitive I just didn t connect I loved Sarika though I feel like it was a easy [...]

    24. Rebecca on said:

      CPed and loved it The relationships in this book were so real and wonderful, and as a tree hugging, mythology obsessed hippy I loved the dryads and the central themes Plus, it made me cry 3

    25. Lauren on said:

      A richly imagined, one of a kind story that showcases the beauty of nature and necessity of relationships I loved it.

    26. Jen on said:

      We ve only got one Earth and she needs some protection from her inhabitants, but that protection gets incredibly personal for one teenage girl in Eric Smith s The Girl and the Grove To read this, and other book reviews, visit my website makinggoodstories.wordpress.Leila s faced challenges her entire life ranging from the emotional stresses of the foster care system, her seasonal affective disorder, and the disembodied voices she occasionally hears and keeps secret from everyone Having finally be [...]

    27. Jessica Traver cashen on said:

      I think this book has a little bit for everyone The main character Leila has a whole lot going on She has grown up moving from foster home to foster home She has just been adopted, which she is struggling with She has one of the common forms of depression, seasonal affective disorder She hears voices in her head calling out for help Mixed in with her troubles is her love for the environment Overall it is a well written book, and I enjoyed reading it I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advance Re [...]

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