Your chance to win a copy–Becoming Ellen by Shari Shattuck

I’ve got a beautiful hardcover copy of this book to giveaway to one lucky winner. All you gotta do to enter is share this post with your favourite social media outlet and drop me a comment below to let me know you did. (US residents only please.)

Winners will be chosen on Friday 8/14

Thank you to Putnam/Penguin Random House for the prize 🙂

Becoming EllenBecoming Ellen by Shari Shattuck

Returning in the bestselling tradition of Jennifer Weiner, Shattuck brilliantly illustrates the deep friendship between two absolutely unforgettable women in this touching yet funny novel.

Ellen Homes is done being invisible. Well, sort of.

Living with her closest friends, Temerity and Justice, has helped her step out of the shell of invisibility she once hid away in. She still seeks refuge in solitary time and observing from afar, but she has pushed herself to open up to others in ways that bring her unexpected happiness.

But when a terrible bus crash upends her normal routine, Ellen finds herself on a whirlwind crusade for the unseen and downtrodden. Only this time, helping others—including two young children with no one else to turn to—will mean facing a pain from her past that she’s long tucked away.

Picking up where Invisible Ellen left off, Becoming Ellen returns us to the touching, poignant, and compassionate world of Ellen Homes as she learns how to navigate the world she has decided to become a part of.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Before I get going on a review, I’d like to say that I think anyone who is going to read this book, should read the first book in the series, “Invisible Ellen.” This book, “Becoming Ellen,” does offer enough info to keep a reader going without feeling completely lost, but they will learn a lot more about the somewhat neurotic and yet loveable main character if they read the first.

I enjoyed reading this book. The author takes a very straight-forward approach with her character. You don’t have to wonder what she is thinking, or even really what she is going to do next.She is an everyday Jane, the kind of character that anyone can slip into the shoes of because she is a regular person.

It was good to see that Ellen had transformed and grown a bit by this book. She still has some of her own quirks, but wasn’t as much of an introvert in this novel as she was in the first. This book still offers plenty of reasons to smile, even though some of the subject matter is a bit serious at times.

If you are the kind of person that enjoys being able to get to know a character slowly and build a relationship with them, this will be a series you want to check out. Whether you love Ellen or don’t, you will remember her.

This review is based on a review copy from the publisher and provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

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