- Title: THE BRILLIANCE OF FIREFLIES
- Author: Leslie Hauser
- Pub. Date: May 21, 2019
- Publisher: Gatekeeper Press
- Formats: Paperback, eBook
- Pages: 310
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Emma Loukas had a typical teenage life. Until she didn’t. After choosing to stay home instead of accompanying her family to a minor league baseball game, Emma is not present when a suicide bomber detonates an explosive device at the entrance to the stadium just as her family arrives. In the months that follow, grief therapy and the gloomy looks from friends and her extended family do nothing but drag Emma further down into the rubble left behind by that deadly April afternoon.
To escape the sad reality of her new life, Emma heads out to California to spend her senior year with her grandmother. Getting away from her former life is the only way to survive. It doesn’t take long, though, for Emma to experience Grandma Connie’s dementia, and it’s more than a seventeen-year-old is capable of handling on her own. Now Emma fears she has just made her bad situation worse, and she begins to wonder if it’s even worth trying to survive.
But when the family mementos on the dresser catch her eye, Emma feels a bit of light turn on inside her. Maybe the way to make sense of her new life is to live the lives her mom, dad, and brother no longer can. So she sets out to achieve each of their dreams. It won’t be easy, but it’s all Emma has left, and in the process, she just may find out who she’s supposed to be.
This book was incredible. I was sucked into the story from the beginning and couldn’t put it down. The emotions that it evoked were strong and beautiful. The author brought forth such raw love and devotion, and the story was just magical. The characters were strong, the plot was unique and beautiful, and I can already see myself rereading this book this summer! Brilliant, and 5 stars!
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from RockStar Book Tours!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I am a YA writer and middle school teacher. I have a B.A. in English from UCLA and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration. I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently reside in Los Angeles, California, with my dog Mr. Darcy.
When I’m not living in fictional worlds inside my head, I run all sorts of distances, torture my body at CrossFit, and DVR entirely too many television shows. I dream of one day returning to the Midwest to live on a farm. Or perhaps owning a cookie delivery service.
I am the author of CHASING EVELINE and THE BRILLIANCE OF FIREFLIES.
- Week One:
- 5/13/2019 – Wonder Struck– Review
- 5/14/2019 – Lifestyle of Me– Review
- 5/15/2019 – Struck by Stories– Review
- 5/16/2019 – Lone Tree Reviews– Review
- 5/17/2019 – Starlight Reads– Review
- Week Two:
- 5/20/2019 – PopTheButterfly Reads– Review
- 5/21/2019 – Pacific Northwest Bookworm– Review
- 5/22/2019 – thesuburbanlifestyle– Review
- 5/23/2019 – BookHounds– Excerpt
- 5/24/2019 – JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder– Review