Book Review: My Virtual Life By Sharon Dempsey

Synopsis

Glamorous lone parent, Stella wants nothing more than to impress her teenage daughter. My Virtual LifeShe has spent her life shielding Tara from her religious upbringing and has never told Tara about her father. But when they move back to Belfast, hiding the past becomes tricky.

When Stella lands her dream job as fashion editor at a teen magazine, Tara thinks she will die of shame. Soon after, Tara starts a blog to pour out her teenage angst and begins working at a home for rescued animals run by the enigmatic Nora.

When Tara’s blog takes off, a rival magazine offers to publish it as a column, putting her in a difficult situation.

Will Tara risk hurting her mother in order to achieve her dream of being a writer?

Can three generations of one family, who struggle to understand each other, ever develop real bonds?

Review

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Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

This is a book I had a really hard time getting into, from the first chapter I wasn’t sure if I should just give up and move on, or give the book a chance. Got to admit it was 50/50, there are so many books to read and I am really trying to be okay with not finishing books I’m not enjoying. I did decide to persevere however as I really liked the premise and I am glad I did!

What initially did put me off the book was the character of Stella in the first chapter, she seems self-absorbed, a bit clueless to the world around her and although there was a strong love for her daughter she didn’t really have any other redeeming qualities. We do get to see another side of her as the book progresses and it’s great getting to see her character develop throughout. I did love Tara from the get-go, she is independent, strong-willed and filled with a whole lot of teenage angst. It was great to see how she viewed the world in blog form! Nora was a bit of a mystery as a character, it takes a little while before you really get to know her but is an integral part of the story.

The story itself moves at a decent pace, and I think was a great length for what it was, it does explore the relationships between mothers and daughters and does so in a really realistic way which I wasn’t expecting but did make for a more enjoyable story. To be honest, at the end of the book I still did not have much love for Stella, while you see another side of her and she does ‘mature’ I just couldn’t find a way to really like her, but hey you can’t like everybody! This is a quick read so if you’re looking for a quick drama-filled family saga this is the book for you!

Rating: 3.5/5

Would I read again: No

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

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