Friend. Lover. Victim. Traitor.
When you look in the mirror, what do you see?
Sixteen-year-old friends Red, Leo, Rose, and Naomi are misfits; still figuring out who they are and who they want to be. Life isn’t perfect, but music brings them together, and they are excited about what the future holds for their band, Mirror, Mirror. That is until Naomi vanishes before being pulled unconscious out of the river.
She’s left fighting for her life in a coma. The police claim it was a failed suicide attempt, but her friends aren’t convinced. Will Naomi ever wake up? What - or perhaps who - led her to that hospital bed? And how did Red, the self-styled protector of the group, fail to spot the warning signs?
While Rose turns to wild partying and Leo is shrouded by black moods, Red sets out to uncover the truth. It’s a journey that will cause Red’s world to crack, exposing the group’s darkest secrets. Nothing will ever be the same again, because once a mirror is shattered, it can’t be fixed.
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I really loved this book! I was so gutted when I turned the last page because I was so sad to see it come to an end. I could have happily read more about these wonderful characters. This story completely gripped me from start to finish and if I ever met Cara I would beg her to write a sequel. I’d love to revisit these characters!
I loved how all of the characters had completely different personalities, came from completely different backgrounds but they bonded over their love of music. I love how the band was called Mirror, Mirror it’s such a perfect name for a band. I loved the scenes where they played together. I could feel myself getting lost in the music with them as they played along. I could imagine Red getting lost in the beat of the drums and I loved how music was seen as an escape in this book. When I was in high school music was always an escape for me when everything got too much, so this made the book extremely relatable. Cara just did an amazing job with these characters and I feel everyone can relate to this in some way. I absolutely loved when we got to see the song lyrics, they were very creative and I think they would be awesome songs. Sometimes I could imagine the song playing in my head based on how it was described in the book and I would probably have it on repeat all day if I could.
I knew Red was the main character but when I started reading I was so surprised by her character because she had such raw emotions. She was such a realistic and relatable character. She felt so real and I was honestly expecting her to just step out of the book any second. A lot of the time I felt like Red’s life was stripped down for all to see. I felt so many emotions for Red because she has such a hard life and she has to be so strong all the time. Seeing her completely break down, it really got to me and I just wanted to tell her I was there for her but I couldn’t. She goes through so much and it really hit me. I was devastated for her. She cares so much about her friends and family I just wanted to see someone give her that love back because she deserved it so much. I would love it if Red was my friend. She’d always have your back and she is definitely someone you can count on.
I really loved Rose and Leo. Rose was such a difficult character at times but you could see how vulnerable she was and I felt so sorry for her. I hated how she pushed her friends away at times but they were so forgiving and so understanding. She’s so lucky to have friends like that. I loved Leo and it was hard watching him struggle against the stereotype everyone had given him. But he held his head high and always did what was right which made me love him even more. He never just gave up and became the person everyone thought he was. He refused to be that person everyone labelled him as and he was always there to help people. I love these guys so much!
Sometimes the writing wasn’t the best I felt like a lot of sections dragged on a bit and I imagined myself just cutting out massive chunks because they just didn’t feel necessary. Sometimes Red would just talk and talk about things and after a while it started to get a bit repetitive. But there were parts were I felt like I’d just been pulled right into the scene and I was standing there with the characters. I felt so involved in the story so Cara did an amazing job for a debut novel. I can only see her writing improving the more books she writes. She has a lot of potential I think.
One thing I didn’t like about this book was the big reveal at the end. I guessed very early on who the bad guy was and I was extremely disappointed to see it take this route because it just seemed too obvious to me. I’d be very surprised if people didn’t guess the ending because it felt like it was all laid out for you, there were no surprises in that aspect. I did enjoy the way it all came out though because Naomi got justice for what she’d been through and it does happen in real life so this book was quite inspiring in showing that you’re not alone even when you think you are. You have lots of friends and family that will gather round and support you. In that sense, I don’t think the bad guy mattered. In the end he kind of faded out and you saw the true meaning of this story. I think this book had a really strong message and Cara did an amazing job in getting that message across.
I liked how everything came together at the end because for a while it felt like everything was falling apart for these characters but they found their way back to each other which I really liked. I was glad to see them all happy in the end. I really loved this book. I fell in love with the characters. I was honestly expecting them to just step out of the book any second, they were just so real and true. I’m excited to see what Cara writes next because this was a really great debut and I’m happy for her!