Book Review: Black Iris

Black Iris
by Leah Raeder:
It only took one moment of weakness for Laney Keating’s world to fall apart. One stupid gesture for a hopeless crush. Then the rumors began. Slut, they called her. Queer. Psycho. Mentally ill, messed up, so messed up even her own mother decided she wasn't worth sticking around for.

If Laney could erase that whole year, she would. College is her chance to start with a clean slate.

She's not looking for new friends, but they find her: charming, handsome Armin, the only guy patient enough to work through her thorny defenses—and fiery, filterless Blythe, the bad girl and partner in crime who has thorns of her own.

But Laney knows nothing good ever lasts. When a ghost from her past resurfaces—the bully who broke her down completely—she decides it's time to live up to her own legend. And Armin and Blythe are going to help.

Which was the plan all along.

Because the rumors are true. Every single one. And Laney is going to show them just how true.

She's going to show them all.

Lori's thoughts: **ARC generously received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***

I really wanted to like this book. I couldn't wait to get my greedy little hands on it. I can't remember the last time I was so disappointed in a highly anticipated read. This book just didn't work for me. At all. Leah Raeder is a very talented writer and I loved Unteachable to the moon and back. I am not going to compare this book to that one because there are no similarities whatsoever. The story line in Black Iris is all over the place. The prose is great but even that isn't enough of a lifesaver to keep this one from drowning. I will read other work by Ms. Raeder, but this one just didn't work for me.

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