Review: Girl Detached by Manuela Salvi

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Title: Girl Detached
Author: Manuela Salvi
Publisher: Barrington Stoke
UK Release Date: 15th September 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 288
Format: Proof
Source: Won

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Aleksandra has issues with her voice. Stress makes her stutter, and her life is one of stress. She can only speak clearly on stage, freed by the words of the character she plays. Then, when Aleksandra befriends her new neighbour Megan, and through her meets charming, handsome Ruben, it seems she has discovered a doorway into a different world, and a different Alek. But Ruben wants Aleksandra to play a particular role for him, and it is one that will come close to destroying her.

So I actually read Girl Detached three months ago, back at the beginning of September. However, it has taken me since then to get around to writing a review – not because I didn’t like it; the case was rather the opposite. I think this book is one that should be read by many (I said that it was the last truly great book I read when I did the New York Times By the Book tag), and I simply had no idea how I was going to convey just how powerful this book is in a review, so I put off writing it. I’m going to go for it now, so I hope this review ends up as being somewhat coherent, and manages to impress upon you how truly great this book is.

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