• Black Iris

  • By: Leah Raeder
  • Narrated by: Grace Grant
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 28-04-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • 5 out of 5 stars 5.0 (2 ratings)

Summary

“Love is not a thing that we create. It’s an undoing.”
It only took one moment of weakness for Laney Keating’s world to fall apart. One stupid gesture for a hopeless crush. Then the rumors began. Slut, they called her. Queer. Psycho. Mentally ill, messed up, so messed up even her own mother decided she wasn’t worth sticking around for.
If Laney could erase that whole year, she would. College is her chance to start with a clean slate.
She’s not looking for new friends, but they find her: charming, handsome Armin, the only guy patient enough to work through her thorny defenses—and fiery, filterless Blythe, the bad girl and partner in crime who has thorns of her own.
But Laney knows nothing good ever lasts. When a ghost from her past resurfaces—the bully who broke her down completely—she decides it’s time to live up to her own legend. And Armin and Blythe are going to help.
Which was the plan all along.
Because the rumors are true. Every single one. And Laney is going to show them just how true.
©2015 Leah Raeder (P)2015 Simon & Schuster, Inc
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5 out of 5 stars
By V Nerd on 04-06-15

Buckle up for a bumpy ride

This story was a complete mind f@$k and it was AMAZING!!!
A love story but not a love story, an MC that is not likable at all, but you will love but oh my GOD this woman can write!!

Each word was like poetry in my ears, this is my 1st but most definitely not my last book by this author.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Me & My Girls on 09-05-15

Sinking Slowly

This book began with a bang; so to speak and for the first five hours or so it seemed to be destined for a five star rating. Then the highly depressing, hard to empathize with protagonists (more or less) began to become more than a little tiresome. The plot was stretched too thin and the whole structure collapsed. I won't go into the details here. Perhaps if you're a young out of control late teens or early twenties female then it is easy to relate to. Though for your sake as well as that of the citizenry; I hope not.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jennifer on 03-06-18

An impactful story to be read by all

This novel is one part psychological thriller, one part emotional manipulation, and one part rooting for the villain. This story is dark, told through the eyes of an unreliable narrator, and flips back and forth through time weaving the pieces of the story together for the reader. There are many themes: love, desire, hate, revenge, forgiveness, addiction, hope/hopelessness, acceptance, choices, etc.

Aside from getting lost in the back and forth of time jumps, I found myself fascinated with the story, the characters, and how it was going to end. The writing is impeccable. And I found myself highlighting so many impactful quotes. This is a read that I would highly recommend.

"Strength is not in the body, it’s in the mind. It doesn’t lie in flexing your muscles and crushing those who oppose you. It lies in being the last one standing. By any means. At any cost."

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