From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Teresa Mummert comes a cautionary coming of age tale.
Lila Jane is spending her summer vacation preparing for high school. She does everything asked of her, but her parents rarely give her credit for her efforts. She decides to sneak out with a friend to attend a local party and shed her little girl image, to become a woman once and for all. What starts out as a fun escape soon escalates into a life on the run with a boy she barely knows.
Every Teresa Mummert book I’ve read has been a complete departure from the one before. All of them completely unique from anything else I’ve read. Whether good, bad or in between I’ve never left one of her books without having a strong reaction to it. It was with the bar set as such I leapt into the complimentary copy of Lila Jane I was given for review.
Lila Jane and Kaden were both wholly interesting characters. I felt that their backstories could have been novels complete on their own. The story the combined to tell was sure to be painful and exciting and make me feel all of the things.
Once I finished the book I felt like I had missed something. The things I was most interested in finding out were never fleshed out. Lila Jane had great bones, wonderful snippets I was dying to find out more about, but they were never fleshed out in a way that made me love the book. I was left with a hundred little sparks that were never given enough fuel to make the explosive novel I was hoping for.
The Death of Lila Jane was an okay book for me, I’ve always said I prefer a book that leaves you wanting a little bit. One that doesn’t answer all of the questions. For me, there were just too many left unanswered. I loved the writing and character development, though, so that redeemed much of it for me.
I had really high hopes for The Death of Lila Jane. Too high, perhaps.
Teresa Mummert grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania where she began dating her husband when they were only sixteen years old. They married at eighteen and soon moved to Louisiana as her husband began his military career. They are the proud parents of four children that they are raising in Georgia.
Teresa began writing when her husband was deployed to Afghanistan as a way to cope with him being away at war. She soon became a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Her work includes the word of mouth bestselling White Trash Trilogy which landed her a three book publishing deal with Simon & Schuster. She has also written the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel The Note, the USA Today bestselling novel Safe Word, Perfect Lie, Pretty Little Things, the Honor series, Rellik, The Good Girls, Something Wicked, and the USA Today bestselling novel Sweet Nothing co-written with Jamie McGuire.
Future releases include Crave, Cruel, Depravity, The Death of Lila Jane, Hollow, Weeping Willow, Paper Doll, The Deep, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Rocked, Before I Wake, Fall to Pieces, and Victim. She also has a Middle Grade children’s novel coming out soon titled The Seeker under the pseudonym T.S. Mummert.