Written by Sean Platt and David W. Wright
Emily's List, written by Sean Platt and David Wright, cover a multitude of issues in today's youthful world. The book is carefully written in today's code, allowing you relatability as you sit in the shoes of the protagonist, Cora.
Today's review is Emily's List, a paranormal, suspenseful thriller.
I'm on the Platt & Wright newsletter listing, so when I spotted the cover of Emily's List, I knew I wanted it. I nabbed it and began reading about a week or so later. I wasn't sure what I was getting in to, but I knew it was something close to my heart. Cora's life parallels my own in various ways. I had to get to know her.
So Cora stands out in more ways than one. She’s biracial, so her skin and hair makes her a thumb in a bowlful of fingers-type town. But there’s more to Cora. You see, she’s blinks too much, she repeats particular mantras at least four times to make a negative into a positive, and she checks things. A lot.
She suffers OCD.
Thanks to this disorder, she’s an easy target for abuse by her peers. Oh, there's one more thing about Cora- sometimes she sees ghosts. Now I don't see ghosts and most of my ticks I managed to outgrow, but when the new house Cora and her mother move into presents a special guest, she has to decide whether it's the real deal or if her meds messing with her. Before she realizes it, she's caught up in a mental game of hate, bullying and revenge.
First, it is true: "Don't Touch My Hair!" When she said this, I burst out laughing! Why must my hair be so intriguing? I totally related to that, the hiding in the bathroom to avoid looking like a loser bit, and moreso, I connected with Cora. She came off transparent and real, in a sense that made her just like me. I liked her, because I'd been her. All that and guess what- I haven't even toughed what happens in this novel! Ha-ha, it's deep!
So now for the negatives...
I enjoyed Emily's List, so don't get my CC (Constructive Criticism) twisted; this book carried creep factor, but a lot didn't seem to feel as real as I'd hoped. Without spoiling anything, people's reactions aren't really to keep oddity to themselves. If you see something off, especially when other people are around, you tend to ask 'You see that?' or some version of. You don't walk around thinking you're nuts like Cora did. Now, yes, she had to keep a bundle of secrets- her past was heavy- but wow! She sorta isolated herself long before anything began to happen and that frustrated me. The hiding of her OCD- yes! No one wants to share that. I didn't until my thirties, but still! A lot of her silence simply didn't sit well with me.
And yet, I rated Emily's List 4'★s because it was engaging, and I liked the ending. When dealing with issues like anxiety, depression, and especially when it comes to taking required medications, I think this novel can help many. If anything, it opens a door to conversation, which is always a positive.
I'm off to the next novel, so check this one out. It's available on just about every book platform there is. Cheers!
Platt and Wright
Published Sterling & Stone
Released May 2019
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