Review: The Girls I've Been - Tess Sharpe (Blog Tour)
"A slick, twisty YA page-turner about the daughter of a con artist who is taken hostage in a bank heist.
Nora O’Malley’s been a lot of girls. As the daughter of a con-artist who targets criminal men, she grew up as her mother’s protégé. But when mom fell for the mark instead of conning him, Nora pulled the ultimate con: escape.
For five years Nora’s been playing at normal. But she needs to dust off the skills she ditched because she has three problems:
#1: Her ex walked in on her with her girlfriend. Even though they’re all friends, Wes didn’t know about her and Iris.
#2: The morning after Wes finds them kissing, they all have to meet to deposit the fundraiser money they raised at the bank. It’s a nightmare that goes from awkward to deadly, because:
#3: Right after they enter bank, two guys start robbing it.
The bank robbers may be trouble, but Nora’s something else entirely. They have no idea who they’re really holding hostage…"
TW/CW: guns / child abuse / rape threat / abortion / previous child grooming
I received The Girls I've Been by Tess Sharpe for free in exchange for an honest review as part of a bookstagram tour for Pride Book Tours. Thank you so much for having me, this is my first with Pride Book Tours and I'm so excited to be part of it! This review is also available on my bookstagram!
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As soon as I saw The Girls I've Been I knew I was going to love it! I am an absolute sucker for morally grey characters and the fact that our protagonist is a bi con-woman is so amazing!
Our main character is Nora and the first thing you need to know about her is that she is awesome! I had an instant connection with her and liked her character straight away. She's smart, sarcastic and cares deeply for those closest to her to the point of being willing to do anything for them even at the expense of herself. I loved that we got flashbacks to her previous life throughout the book as well so that we could get a holistic view as to who she is.
The action starts straight away as Nora, Iris & Wes get caught up in the middle of a bank robbery gone wrong and Nora has to use her con-woman skills to get them out alive. I really enjoyed the short chapters as they added suspense and heart pounding elements of the story. Plus, as the story is fast paced, just like a robbery would be, the short chapters were perfect for the context!
Also I LOVED and really appreciated the fact that one of the main characters (Iris) had endometriosis. It is something so personal to me and I've struggled with it for so long - it's not something that I've seen in a book before and I love that she is still a badass despite this condition! Plus Nora & Iris are the cutest couple! It was so sweet to see how they got together and it is easy to tell how much they love each other.
The Girls I've Been is absolutely thrilling and powerful with such interesting characters that are easy to get attached to. I was instantly hooked and I didn't want to put it down but at the same time I didn't want it to end!
Thank you so much Pride Book Tours, Tess Sharpe and Team BKMRK for this copy of The Girl's I've Been, it has been amazing!