Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Book Review: 'Plenty' by Kelly K. Lavender


I spent a couple of days after I finished the the book thinking about how I was going to write this review.
Despite its marketing, this was nothing like the FSOG trilogy. It was a lot better.
Plenty…the name itself is strange but after reading the story I think it suits the plot.  The one thing I have to add is that I loved how the author gave names to each chapter. Some of the names were a little quirky but very understandable once you read it.
That being said, I think potential readers should be warned this story is not a soft or easy read. It delves deep in to the mind of a druggie trying to make a better life for herself. This is a hardcore story and not for the faint of heart. I had to read it in two sittings since I was crying so much I couldn’t see the screen.
Camille loves her grandma a lot. More than her parents. The book starts in the present but every now and then shifts into the future and this  really added to the story. It happens seamlessly and not too frequently.
I really loved that Camille does fall off the deep end when she meets Grant and starts going out with him. The situation quickly goes from bad to worse.  Although this is a fiction story, it draws from real life.  People in fact do use drugs and do go off the deep end when they allow themselves to be coerced by mates or friends or lovers. This makes this story so real and helped me feel for these characters.
The author did a great job weaving the story together. There were some grammatical mistakes which took some effort for me to ignore, which was a shame since the story is so solid. But the satisfying end made it all worthwhile.
Camille goes through a lot of bad but comes out stronger and with family and friends that stick around for everything.

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