Being Emily, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


Things are never dull in the O'Connell family. Still, Fiona, squeezed between her quiet brother and her mischievous line-dancing twin sisters, thinks life in their tenement flat is far less interesting than Emily Bronte's.

But tragedy is not confined to Victorian novels. And life for Fiona in this happy domestic setup is about to change forever.

Following the devastating events of a single day, her family can never be the same.

But perhaps, new relationships will develop - built on a solid foundation of love. Moving, funny and ultimately heart-warming, Being Emily is a wonderful novel about one young girl trying to find her place in the world amid the turmoil that only your own family can create.


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Reading the accent got a bit old after a while. Depressing story really and in the end a bit disappointing. Message of the book seemed to be 'Life sucks and you should settle for what you have". I wanted to know how it ended but generally I get sick of characters that create their own drama and blunder through life without truly thinking how their actions affect others. Just like in real life I guess. Maybe if it felt like there was something to be outraged by or some lesson to learn but it just felt like a tale of how crap life can be in a normal, if slightly tragic, struggling family and that you should hang on to those people you have because what else have you got? Not exciting or inspirational enough to recommend to friends. I gave it 3 stars because I did want to end it and I think it was well-written and it was a story that 'engaged' me - I just wish it had led somewhere better.

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