Published: October 11th 2016 by Thomas Nelson Read: October 2016 How I Got It: Ebook (approximately 224 pages) from NetGalley. Purchased Hardcover from Premiere Collectibles.
I’m going to break my own rules and write this review in
first person. If Emily Ley taught me anything in the last 224 pages, it’s that
perfection doesn’t exist. So who cares if this review looks different from all
I should start out by thanking NetGalley and Thomas Nelson
for allowing me to receive an advanced copy of this book, an advanced copy that
I requested only AFTER purchasing two signed copies and watching Emily Ley’s
live signing on Premiere Collectibles. I saw this on NetGalley and realized I
couldn’t wait for my purchased copy to be shipped, I needed to read it now.
Thankfully, NetGalley obliged.
I follow Emily on Instagram, and although I don’t know her
and I only found her through a six degrees of separation from other people and
companies that I follow that I don’t know, I really liked her story and how
open she is about her life. So when she wrote a book, I had to read it. Grace
Not Perfection is not only the title of this book, but a way of life. Through
the pages, Emily describes ways that women can allow themselves grace. She
details through personal anecdotes that perfection doesn’t exist, social media
feeds are only highlight reels of life, and “no” is a complete sentence. She
explains that being busy for the sake of being busy is a mistake, and that
women should slow down and find the joy in life. There are chapters on career,
relationships, and motherhood, but there is something in this book for all
women to relate to. Emily also speaks about faith and God often as she wonders
why God won’t listen to her plans but instead guides her through other avenues.
There are also tips and lists throughout
the book of how to find joy and simplify life as well as pictures of Emily and
her family. This a book that I will be sharing with friends and family and
reading over and again. The message is wonderful, and the pictures of cute
children throughout don’t hurt.
My one and only qualm with this book is the ARC formatting
which I’m sure is fixed in the finished copy. There were many paragraphs out of
place. Adding trying to find where the paragraphs left off and continued to the
so many feelings this book made me feel was a struggle. But I know that that is
my own fault. If I had only waited for my purchased copy and not let my
impatience overwhelm me, I wouldn’t have had that problem. But, I’m glad I got this
advanced copy, I pushed through it so fast, and it got me out of a reading
slump. Also, Emily mentions that she loves to read. So, be like Emily, read this
*Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
How I Got It:
Ebook (approximately 352 pages) from NetGalley
Enter Title Here is a novel within a novel. The novel is
being written by a high school senior, Reshma, who is contacted by a literary
agent after writing a column for a local publication. Reshma decides that
writing a novel and having an agent will help her get into Stanford. Reshma is
a selfish cutthroat character that will do anything (something she says often)
to get what she wants. When she cannot earn her grades, she results to finding
loopholes and suing the school so that she can get the valedictorian spot and
in turn attend Stanford.
The meta element of this novel will draw readers in, but
putting up with the main character’s annoying personality may take some work. There
are some supporting characters that make following through worth it though.
Reshma’s friendships and her familial relationships are mentioned, but in going
along with Reshma’s point of view as the author and narrator, her selfishness does
not allow the reader time to truly enjoy those other characters. Ultimately,
readers looking for a diary format YA novel might be better off with the darker
subject matter of Anonymous Go Ask Alice or the humorous angst that Louise Rennison presents with Angus, Thongs,
and Full-Frontal Snogging.
*Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an advanced electronic copy in exchange for an honest review.