Tell Me Something Real

Tell Me Something Real

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Three sisters struggle with the bonds that hold their family together as they face a darkness settling over their lives in this “one of a kind” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) debut novel that’s a finalist for the William C. Morris Award.

There are three beautiful blond Babcock sisters: gorgeous and foul-mouthed Adrienne, observant and shy Vanessa, and the youngest and best-loved, Marie. Their mother is ill with leukemia and the girls spend a lot of time with her at a Mexican clinic across the border from their San Diego home so she can receive alternative treatments.

Vanessa is the middle child, a talented pianist who is trying to hold her family together despite the painful loss that they all know is inevitable. As she and her sisters navigate first loves and college dreams, they are completely unaware that an illness far more insidious than cancer poisons their home. Their world is about to shatter under the weight of an incomprehensible betrayal…

Publisher: New York :, Atheneum,, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781481461160
Characteristics: 290 pages ; 21 cm


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Oct 25, 2017

When someone lies, it is hard to trust them ever again. However, what if it was someone you loved and they lied about something so grave it could tear your whole family apart?
Tell Me Something Real is a story about truth, lies and the gray line in between. The reader will feel pity, anger, sadness, shock and everything in between. When the one person you thought you really trusted is living a lie... what do you do?
This story will make even the people who don't like to read, want to read. It is a very convincing and realistic story about the devastation of mental illness and the impact it can have on entire families. Be sure to have a box of tissues handy when you read this story. You are going to need them!!!
- @avidreader16 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Three sisters face dark times in their life, with an ill mother, but want to keep their family together. It's a powerful story with heartfelt characters.

- Chloe, Teen Volunteer

cmlibrary_jgavin Jan 12, 2017

Submitted by Sasha S.

In the book "Tell me something real," main character Vanessa is a middle child. Her older sister Adrienne is fearless and beautiful. Her younger sister Marie is sweet and loved. They lean on one another and are very close, even more so now that their mother has leukemia. The family tries to stay strong and together for the pain surely to come. But not everything is as it seems, as something much worse than cancer surrounds them.

This book is full of unexpected twists and turns, happiness, anger, tears and laughter. It is very deep and meaningful. I really enjoyed reading this book.

Sep 01, 2016


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