Book Review - Lila's Choice by Laura Brown

Karen McTackett By Karen McTackett, 3rd Apr 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/20aj2v7a/
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Lila's Choice - by Laura Brown (2014) – Chick Lit / Romance
Novel - 315 pages
“Never let your friends get involved in your personal life”. On the left, a hunky red-head who she has known since she was a child, on the right, the broody blond who has been her rock for years. What is a girl to do?

Storyline

Lila's life is turned upside down when her oldest friend announces he is coming to town. Friends since they were five, new feelings she was not expecting start to bubble with his pending arrival. When she discovers the feelings are reciprocated, life seems perfect, but he knows her too well. When it emerges that another has feelings for Lila, her confusion begins. I am not giving away any huge plot spoilers by stating that Lila has to choose between two men – the front cover and the title make that obvious. The problem is, how can Lila decide when she doesn't even know she has to choose? Never fear, with meddling friends and family, and a school full of ready minions, she will know soon enough.

Style in Symbolism

This reader is not usually a fan of chick lit or romance novels, yet Lila's Choice was surprisingly entertaining and sucked me in from the first page with intelligent symbolism and beautifully placed comedy. An early scene that caught my attention was during a warm interaction between Lila and her unknown choice where, “... he reached forward, grabbing a heart-shaped stress ball.” He tosses it back and forth as she speaks about the other man in her life before Lila turns the conversation to his failed relationship, at which point, “He placed the heart back on the desk where it slowly grew back to normal size.” A simple scene in which the reader learns a great deal about the characters through dialogue and the strength of seemingly unattached symbolism.

Interesting Setting

The setting provides a slice of originality with a group of work colleagues and friends who are teachers and counselors at a school with a large population of hearing impaired students. I found this difference interesting and educational as the adults interacted with hearing able and hearing impaired students. The author did a brilliant job of presenting the visual aspects of these interactions through the written word. The ability for some characters to speak without words while other cannot, leads to smart one liners and hidden jokes shared between Lila and Ette. The relationship of these two strong and focused women runs a thread of humor throughout the novel that gives it a lighthearted and entertaining appeal.

Great Characters

The characters play off each other and are so believable that you cannot help but fall in love with them all. The dialogue throughout is very natural and stays true for each character. There is a set style for each that separates them as individuals. The characters, though not personally explored in great depth, are so easily relatable that I felt like I knew the core of each. Characterization is built through the interactions of the friends and you could easily classify the individuals. Nate is the sweetheart, Ette is the partier, Kent is the whiner, Bryce is the cool kid, and Lila is the unknowing glue. That's the simply classification though each develops in their own right throughout the story.

One aspect that I was completely shocked by was my character loyalty as a reader. Usually, when a main character must choose between two others, especially in relation to love, the reader will have a strong connection to one or the other and see that one as the hero. The reader will want for that character to “win” and will even experience anger at the main character for her stupidity in not making the obvious choice from the beginning. The smart writer drives the readers in this way to ensure that the reader gets what they want at the conclusion – the choice is made and the reader feels satisfied. Laura Brown has accomplished something I have not experienced before: she made me feel so deeply for both characters that she could have flipped the outcome and I, as a reader, would have been just as satisfied. If this was intentional or not, I do not know, but it doesn't matter. I applaud Laura Brown for this achievement.

My Final Thoughts

Lila's Choice is extremely well written and tells a fun yet heartfelt story. As a reader, I was not overloaded with twists and turns, but rather presented with an easy read. That is not to say that it was not thought provoking, on the contrary, the woven symbolism and clues are enough to entice me to re-read and look for those little things I may have missed. Plus, the characters have purchased a permanent space in my mind and opened me to reading more in the genre. I thoroughly recommend Lila's Choice to those interested in the chick lit and romance genres and to those that shy away from it. This is a great read simply for it's entertainment value, but be warned, it will pull at your heartstrings and tickle your funny bone.

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Read more about Laura Brown and Lila's Choice HERE.  

Laura Brown is a self-published author and a member of the Hidden Reads Community.

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Tags

Chick, Choice, Humor, Humour, Love, Novel, Romance, Romance Novel, School, Woman, Women

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
4th Apr 2014 (#)

Nice post

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author avatar Karen McTackett
4th Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you Fern :)

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author avatar whatistheworld
25th Nov 2014 (#)

Really very professional. Long time no see.

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