The Girl and the Grove by Eric Smith

The Girl and the Grove

Teenager Leila’s life is full of challenges. From bouncing around the foster care system to living with seasonal affective disorder, she’s never had an easy road. Leila keeps herself busy with her passion for environmental advocacy, monitoring the Urban Ecovists message board and joining a local environmental club with her best friend Sarika. And now that Leila has finally been adopted, she dares to hope her life will improve.But the voices i...


Details The Girl and the Grove

TitleThe Girl and the Grove
ISBN9781635830187
Author
Release DateMay 8th, 2018
PublisherFlux
LanguageEnglish
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy
Rating

Reviews The Girl and the Grove

  • Erin
    1970-01-01
    3 stars ⭐⭐⭐https://youryareader.blogspot.com/201...I received this book from Netgalley in return for a honest review...:)I wanted to first off thank the publishers for giving me the opportunity to review this book! Happy Thanksgiving everyone! :) On to the review....So basically I came into this book with pretty high expectations. The description for the book intrigued me so I was so ready to dive in. I will analyze the characters and then ...
  • jv poore
    1970-01-01
    Once in a while, a book means so much to me that I need my metaphorical sandwich-board and bell to adequately express my adoration. It is entirely in that spirit that I introduce The Girl and the Grove by Eric Smith. Immediately irresistible, the anomalous story of amateur arborist, Leila, branches out and grows faster than her rescued sapling, Major Willow. Since Leila has basically bounced around Philadelphia, popping in and out of the group ho...
  • Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
    1970-01-01
    3 StarsThis was cute and starts a lot of great discussions about adoption and identity. There's a really cool earthy vibe that makes the magic element even more fun. But the pacing was off and it was rather predictable? RTC
  • The Bookavid
    1970-01-01
    THE GIRL AND THE GROVE was so nice. From the nuanced way adoption is handled to the wonderfully refreshing seasonal affective disorder rep to the fantastic voice and creative story, this is exactly the kind of magic-infused contemporary I wish we'd see more. This is the first time I'm seeing somebody use a medical daylight lamp/light box in fiction, too, (hey, I've got one!) so this meant especially a lot to me. Environmental activism plays a hug...
  • Acqua
    1970-01-01
    Well, this was disappointing.2.25 stars.The Girl and the Grove brings a new, interesting perspective to the contemporary fantasy genre, focusing on themes of environmentalism and family instead of the romance or the magical creatures, although those two elements are still present and relevant.I loved the premise of this book; my problem was the execution.I didn't like the writing at all. It was often awkward, almost amateurish at times, and with ...
  • USOM
    1970-01-01
    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)I just need to say that this book moved me to my very core. As someone who is adopted, reading this was a breath of fresh air. I've had these similar thoughts about abandonment, about being broken, and about the mysterious existence of our birth parents. I want to talk about how refreshing it was and heartwarming, to see a positive...
  • Cindy
    1970-01-01
    charming, and a delightful surprise. i loved the themes inthis book, from family, to friendship, to love in all its forms,including our mother earth. smith defly weaves in adoptionand activism as well. a magical read!
  • Rachel Strolle
    1970-01-01
    A little bit HOOT, a little bit magic, a little bit FAR FROM THE TREE, all together lovely
  • McKelle George
    1970-01-01
    Read an early draft of this one and it was lovely and heartfelt and the unique formatting was a completely fascinating blend of modernism set against themes rooted to earth and nature instead of technology. Can't wait for it to hit the shelves.
  • Shanna Hughes
    1970-01-01
    THE GIRL AND THE GROVE is a special book for me. This is because Leila, the main character, suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder. Yes, it has SAD rep! This is so rare, and I’m so grateful to see that part of myself in a book. Needless to say, this book was high on my to read list when I found out, and it did not disappoint.Aside from the SAD rep, this book has plenty more to offer. It explores a very important theme: family. Leila has recen...
  • LaRonda (Flying Paperbacks)
    1970-01-01
    You can see my full review here!The first 10-20% of the book was cool. I liked the main character and loved her adoptive parents. Her friendship with Sarika was also probably the best part of the book. After that initial beginning of the story, I had no idea what was happening. It wasn't as if too much was happening, I just... couldn't understand where the story was going. Adding Leila's Seasonal Affective Disorder was a huge catalyst for me want...
  • Marie
    1970-01-01
    An entertaining read, lovely characters to follow and a story with potential. Full review coming soon :)
  • Taylor
    1970-01-01
    I received an arc from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I really enjoyed this book! Leila had a tough life in the foster system, which is definitely one of th reasons why I picked this book. I don't see many books about kids dealing with the foster system. I also loved how she was active in the environmentalist group, which definitely sends a positive message to readers. The supernatural element blended in well with the plot, but I can'...
  • Ceillie
    1970-01-01
    Full review to come, but this was beautiful.
  • Joanne
    1970-01-01
    Review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month.
  • Hope Walker
    1970-01-01
    To be noted: I was given a copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. This book was free, and my review is not biased towards that fact in any way. These are my opinions only, (as everyone is entitled to them) and should only be taken as an idea for whether or not you would like to read the book yourself. In the end, no matter what review I give, props to the author for writing what they love, and actually publishing a bo...
  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    1970-01-01
    I'm sick, so this review is going to be a bit shorter than normal.   I don't want anyone to think it's because of the book because I really liked it.Leila was recently adopted after spending her life in foster care and a group home.  She is struggling with having a mom and dad and doesn't use those words.  But her new parents are pretty awesome and I adored her dad.  He made me laugh a lot.  Leila also deals with seasonal depression and anx...
  • Naseem
    1970-01-01
    Note: NetGalley provided an ARC of this book in exchange for a review.Friends, this book is an utter delight that made me laugh and cry throughout.I understand the critiques in the other reviews, that there wasn't a lot of character development/growth, that the villain was two dimensional. None of that bothered me. This book gives me fuzzy feelings of pure joy.I'm not adopted, but I'm planning on adopting, so reading a tale of an adopted kids and...
  • Jordan
    1970-01-01
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Leila has a lot going on in her life. She’s grown up moving around between foster homes. She lives with seasonal affective disorder. She’s recently been adopted, She has a passion for saving the environment. And she hears voices in her head, that continue to grow louder, calling out for her help.I ended up enjoying this book a lot. It has many different elements that it touches ...
  • Leeza Robertson
    1970-01-01
    Let me start by saying, this is a very special book for both obvious and not so obvious reasons. First the obvious, this book deals adoption or more to the point, the bridge between being adopted and feeling like you belong to a family. We meet Leila, our main character when she has found herself in a new adopted family. Her anxiety is palatable, you can seriously taste the acrid raw emotions of her past and present experiences as they ooze out o...
  • Sunshyne
    1970-01-01
    This book really spoke to me. Leila has been moved around from home to home through the foster system. The has a passion for saving the environment and she loves trees. Her best friend Sarika is the only one who knows she hears voices calling to her in the wind. It scares her but she has a system to keep them at bay. I immensely enjoyed this book. The books main character is a young teen that has been shuffled around all her life. She has finally...
  • Hanna Fogel
    1970-01-01
    3.5 stars. Man did this book make me miss Philly. (And the author, who I’m also lucky enough to know 🙂)
  • Erin
    1970-01-01
    Teenager Leila’s life is full of challenges. From bouncing around the foster care system to living with seasonal affective disorder, she’s never had an easy road. Leila keeps herself busy with her passion for environmental advocacy, monitoring the Urban Ecovists message board and joining a local environmental club with her best friend Sarika. And now that Leila has finally been adopted, she dares to hope her life will improve.But the voices i...
  • Jordan
    1970-01-01
    Originally posted at Musings of an Incurable Bookworm.Sixteen-year-old Leila has recently been adopted. But one thing she hasn't told her new parents about: the whispering on the breeze that she occasionally hears, the nagging feeling that someone is trying to talk to her. The only person she's told is her old friend from the group home, Sarika. While attending summer school, Leila and Sarika join an environmental club. Leila has always felt a sp...
  • Carly
    1970-01-01
    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I was super excited to read this book after hearing about it months ago from the author on social media, and it didn't disappoint! I don't read much YA, and I'm 22, so I knew going into this book that I wasn't really the intended audience, so I'm not gonna fault it for things I couldn't really relate to, because, well, I'm not a teenager. That being said, I still did r...
  • Teri
    1970-01-01
    This charming tale is an interesting blend of contemporary and fantasy, with a main character I just wanted to hug throughout the entire book.  Leila is a mature young woman with strong convictions who struggles with questions about her past, while also learning to trust her new family and find a sense of belonging.  And everyone should have a best friend like Sarika - that person who always supports you and has your back no matter what - who i...
  • Elizabeth
    1970-01-01
    Wow, just wow. I just finished this book. I read it pretty quickly because I just couldn't put it down. I would highly recommend to any other adults who love a feel good story and young adult targets. I picture this being a great middle grade to young adult genre novel. It has power. Although it ended perfectly and with closure, I also felt like it would be possible to write a sequel (or turn into a series even?) if the author really wanted to. E...
  • Hassaan
    1970-01-01
    Okay, so I have no idea which level of it this book lives on. So I'll tell you everything i thought about this book (though that's maybe what I'm supposed to do?".Likes:I loved the general idea of the book. It raises environmental awareness, in a very weird yet fun way, and there's also a lot of diversity and girl and girl friendships. which i appreciated. Also, as an animal lover, i loved how much emphasis was put into how our actions reflect in...