Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Rating: 4.0/5.0 stars
Main takeaway: a short, yet absorbing book about love and hope that will give you chills!
*I received this book from the publisher, Accent Press Books, in exchange for an honest review as part of the novel’s anniversary blog tour. I received no compensation for this review and the opinions expressed are in no way influenced by this transaction.*
Anna Winters lives a reckless life of partying and shirking responsibilities, driven into further acting out by her anger and her hatred for her mother. But when she’s diagnosed with brain cancer and meets fellow cancer patient Michael, Anna is terrified and must face her own demons before it’s too late. She must learn to believe in something before she loses Michael, her family, or even herself.
Anna Winters is complicated. Her heart is full of so much love and so much hate at the same time, every action and word is like a puzzle. While she can be vindictive and defensive, she can also be loving and helpful and kind. She is a child pushed into the darkest moments of life and lacks the knowledge, the experience, and perception to handle it. Michael, on the other hand, is calm as water, and deeply in love with this volatile Anna.
The two of them captured me. Anna drew me in on the very first page, and I consumed this novel. I could not put it down, and was sneaking in bits and pieces during the work day. Without revealing too much, James beautifully discusses death and fear and reckoning in a way that sent chills down my spine and tears from my eyes. And the animal lover in me cried for loving Marley.
The Girl Who Cried Wolf is a very short novel, albeit almost too short. I would’ve loved to gotten to know Michael more deeply and to see their love story more in detail. But I loved every minute of this novel, and will definitely be returning to Bella James for more.