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eARC Review: Blurry by Sherri Fulmer Moorer

Blurry by Sherri Fulmer Moorer

  • Published by: Wings ePress
  • Publication Date: August 5th 2011 
  • Genres: YA Mystery
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 163
  • Date Read: July 17th, 2019
  • Links: Goodreads |

What happens when Little Miss Perfect’s life is turned upside down? Rachel Shull is about to find out. A year ago she broke up with her boyfriend, Danny, over suspicions that he was hiding something from her. Now Rachel’s life is full of accomplishment, achievement, friends, and even a boyfriend. It all seems perfect, until a childhood friend dies in a tragic accident. When it’s discovered that Danny had a heated argument with Kirsten shortly before her death, suspicions about his double life resurface. As the case unfolds and tragedy strikes people close to Rachel, she discovers that Danny isn’t the only one with dangerous secrets. Life in the small town of Woodland, South Carolina becomes blurry with lies and deceit, and Rachel finds herself questioning everybody; even her new boyfriend

– Synopsis,
Goodreads

I received a copy of this book from the Author for Review Purposes. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

Blurry is the story of a woman who must accept life has a lot of grey, and not everything is as simple as black and white. when an estranged friend dies under strange circumstances Rachel is forced to face the possibility that her small town life might not be as perfect as she thought. The secrets that begin to crop up bring danger with them, something the unsuspecting Rachel may not be ready for. 

At times, the amount of characters was overwhelming. The first time the characters are introduce I had a hard time figuring out whom was who, there were many and it was difficult to keep track of them. I wasn’t sure which character I should remember or who might be the most important. The dialogue felt a bit too formal for common teenage speech, and some scenes lacked the emotion I think teenagers would have portrayed, especially during the tense, dangerous happenings.

The mystery was on the lighter side. It is not overly complicated, either. As an adult reading it, I did find the twist a bit predictable, and I thought the ending was somewhat over-explained. As each member of the band gets pulled into the developing network of deceptions and crimes and love affairs, the novel becomes slightly confusing though. There were so many names and relationships to keep in order and a lack of visual information that even Rachel seemed quite unclear throughout.

Among this confusion though, there are moments in the narrative that are really nice and clear, where the plot and the writing come together, with opening lines like “Woodland, South Carolina was a town with a misnomer.”

Two things I had a particularly hard time with was the level of emotion. As far as the emotion went, there wasn’t enough. Rachel faces some pretty serious events in this book, things that would have people crying and on the verge of losing it completely, yet she seemed to handle it with a sense of detachment.

The best part of YA fiction is the constant emotional turmoil teens experience. Everything is life or death in their eyes. But in this book, even when Rachel actually was facing death, the emotion felt short. 

That’s all for this review! Have you read this book? If so, what did you think of? Do you agree or Disagree with anything I mentioned above? Let me know in the Comments!

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