King’s stand is the country’s most exclusive private school located in a forest and accessible only by a well-hidden road. Headmistress, Ms. Hillcrest, is very committed to her job and wants to preserve Kind’s Stand’s stellar reputation. She can be stern when she has to be, but deep down she is a very caring person.
There are four main characters in this book: Madison, Zoey, Jennifer, and Ashley. There are a few more such as Cole and Elliot that add a bit to the book, but they are certainly not the focus.
Zoey and Jennifer have been friends since they met in Kindergarten. Now they are entering eleventh grade after being apart a year while Jennifer took part in a special writing program last year. During that time, she made a friend named Ashley. Ashley thinks Zoey is spoiled and vows to cause trouble between Zoey and Jennifer. Zoey makes friends with Madison very easily even though they just met. Madison seems to be there every time Zoey needs her to show her a different way to look at things.
Every one of these girls has a secret or issue she is dealing with in her personal life. These problems will get in the way of friendships, health and the girls very safety. The girls will have to dig deep to find ways to resolve their conflicts and try to find their way back to each other after broken friendships that have lasted a lifetime. They are going to have to reach in their hearts to forgive and resist retaliation.
I don’t want to give the story away so I will just tell you that it is never boring. There is always something happening with one of the girls. Pranks, betrayal, secrets, feelings of inadequacy and so much more will keep you reading well past bedtime. With a couple of twists that you don’t see coming, The Lives We Lead, is a great book for pre-teens and older.
The author, Alexandra Egi, is a 17-year-old high school senior and the best compliment that I can give her is that I would never have known this was her first book or that she was so young. She has great insight and the talent to bring her characters to life. She is striving to make a difference in the world with her writing.
IMHO, this book would be a great book for children ages 10 and up. It teaches life lessons without blatantly throwing them in your face. The author does an excellent job of engaging the reader through the complex lives of the main characters. The emotional aspect of the girl’s relationships leaves you wondering if they will work things out or go their separate ways. Miss Egi writes a book that subtely teaches how to work through the problems you face with strength and grace and become a better person in the long run.
If you would be interested in picking this book up for yourself, your child, or a friend you can purchase The Lives We Lead here on Amazon or directly from the authors website here. If you do order, please consider leaving a review on Amazon as reviews mean the world to an author just starting out.
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