Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Book Review: Sad Girls by Lang Leav + LangLeavInPH

Title: Sad Girls
Author: Lang Leav
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Release Date: May 30, 2017

“Your first love isn’t the first person you give your heart to—it’s the first one who breaks it.”

Sad Girls is the much anticipated debut novel from international best-selling author Lang Leav. A beautifully written and emotionally charged coming of age story, where young love, dark secrets, and tragedy collide.

School is almost out for Audrey, but the panic attacks are just beginning. Because Audrey told a lie and now her classmate, Ana, is dead. Just as her world begins to spin out of control, Audrey meets the enigmatic Rad—the boy who could turn it all around. But will their ill-timed romance drive her closer to the edge?

Lang Leav is an international bestselling author and social media sensation. She is the winner of a Qantas Spirit of Youth Award and coveted Churchill Fellowship. Her books continue to top bestseller charts in bookstores worldwide and Lullabies, was the 2014 winner of the Goodreads Choice award for poetry.

Lang has been featured in various publications including the Sydney Morning Herald, the Straits Times, the Guardian and the New York Times. She currently resides in New Zealand with her partner and fellow author Michael Faudet.

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                  I always wonder why people can cheat in a relationship easily and Lang Leav has amazingly written how it could happen. Reading this book helped me understand the scenario more. How love, this powerful and strong emotion, could cloud your judgement and your thinking in a way that you don't know what is right from wrong. Basically you can forget your conscience because of love. Take Romeo and Juliet, they were two teenagers who fell in love, which then led to a tragedy. People gives them a lot of cr*p for it but they fail to realize the cliché but true saying that "Love can make you do crazy things". And in addition, because of Juliet and Romeo's action two families ended their families fued with one another. I am not justifying cheating. It is just that I understand how some can do it. 

                   Going back to Sad Girls, Audrey is filled with guilt as her relationship with Rad progresses but still she cannot help herself. She is so addicted and drawn to him but she cannot let go of Duck because she feels like she is indebted to him and she does not want to disappoint their families if she broke of their relationship. Also, Duck is familiar and safe while a relationship with Rad is unpredictable and the passion they have for one another might burn out in the long run. And Despite the shocking ending, I understand why Audrey stayed with Rad. She feels like she is the reason why Rad did the "unthinkable". Her lie is what caused Rad to do that. Rad and Audrey both made mistakes and they believe that those mistakes bind them with one another; knowing each other's secret is the glue to their relationship. That is why I believe that their relationship is flawed and it too will end up in a tragedy. The knowledge they both have of one another's secret will drive them mad and sooner or later will drive them apart. 

                            Furthermore, I commend Lang Leav for her outstanding presentation in regards with Mental Disorder more specifically, Anxiety and Panic Attacks. This discourse will help people understand Anxiety and the people affected by such disorder. My only problem with this book is the characterization of Audrey. Her development was going great especially when she went to Colorado, got to know herself better, and met Gabe but it went totally downhill when she went back. I was so frustrated because she went back to zero. But maybe it is the author's way of saying that life is full of ups and downs and that you have to be strong when the downs hit you. Moreover, I like how Lang Leav showed how different people deal with grief, some will be sad, others will be angry, or guilty. To assert, I highly recommend this to people who enjoyed The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. It has the same take on mental disorders wherein you never really know when the bad days are going to hit and like the whether it can be unpredictable. 

Lang Leav in PH 

Join acclaimed poet and bestselling author Lang Leav for her Sad Girls Tour, happening at SM City Cebu on June 24 and Glorietta 1 on June 25.

1. There will be two book signings with limited number of signing slots:
- June 24, 12 p.m. | The Northwing Atrium, SM City Cebu (500 slots)
- June 25, 12 p.m. | Glorietta 2 Activity Center Palm Drive (1,000 slots)
2. Registration will start at 10:00 a.m. First come, first served.
3. Each guest will only be allowed to have one (1) copy of Sad Girls by Lang Leav signed.
4. The book must be presented upon registration. Only copies of Sad Girls bought at any National Book Store, NBS Express, and Powerbooks branches will be allowed for the signing. The book must have its official receipt or price tag.
5. Other merchandise like t-shirts, posters, journals, notes etc. will not be allowed.
6. Guests can register only once. Each guest will be given the following:
- Numbered Signing Pass
- Stamp mark on the hand to indicate your registration
7. NBS will take every effort to get as many books signed as possible. However, should there be an excessive number of guests, NBS reserves the right to limit the number of copies per guest or limit the number of guests in line.
8. There will be an official photographer from NBS who will take your photo with the author. However, we strictly allow only one photo per guest.


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