#review Prodigal, by Samantha Sanchez @foreversanchez8

MY REVIEW 4.5 stars:

Lets just take a second to talk about conversations and the realistic feel that they bring to books. There’s a reason dialogue can make or break a story. A lot of books out there in the troupe of fame – be it reality TV, movie stars, or music stars – feel a bit cliche, or they tip toe around the way people actually talk to one another as not to offend their readers. The one thing that I absolutely love about Prodigal is that it does not do that. It’s written in a way that pulls the entire premise of the story into a place of commonality, a place of actuality, a place of realism. It’s written in first person, which is perfect given the story line, and the main character doesn’t hold back.

Lyric is a self given name by the main character, it’s what she goes by for the majority of the story but her real name is Naomi Marie. She also has quite a bit of nick-names by her friends and family like MiMi and more… for the review, let’s stick with Lyric. She auditions for a reality TV show and lands the part, but she really has no idea what she’s getting herself into! Of course, everyone who has ever seen a reality show knows that things get a bit crazy and that the people behind the scenes really insert themselves and give everything a push. However, what most people don’t realize is the effects that being in front of a camera at all times can really shape one’s personal life off camera too, and not always in a good way.

Lyric is a strong and determined young woman, and despite her inner struggle with confidence, and self-esteem she finds a way throughout to let integrity and sheer grit steer the way. After being placed into a house with several other people for the duration of the show and it’s recording, Lyric is almost instantly pulled into the drama that is reality TV. It starts with a quick fling with Anthony, a total douche bag if you ask me, and escalades into a pregnancy. Everything goes south, and Lyric must face her hormones, trauma, loss, and grief in front of the entire world. Lucky for her, an old fling returns and helps her through the process. I thought I liked Trey, and honestly I’m still on the fence with him.

While being pushed and pulled in every direction by her drama creating roommates and the string pullers of the show, Lyric is able to rekindle her romance with Trey. They have their ups and downs, of course, and he’s no saint. Lyric comes from a very religious family, who doesn’t exactly approve of her choice to be on the show, nor of her choices while on camera. She’d fallen from the ways of her religion before choosing this path, yet as the book comes to a close she’s pushed to reevaluate her relationship with God. Lyric made a lot of choices with the men in her life that made me cringe, so I’m really looking forward to the next book and to see how things turn out!

DESCRIPTION:

Lyric is 21 years old and bored with the inhibited lifestyle of endless church activities she’s been forced to participate in since childhood. When she is offered the opportunity to be on a reality show, she jumps at the chance to move in with five strangers under the premise of pursuing further education. However, a surprise pregnancy causes her life to take an unexpected turn. Being overlooked and pushed to the side by her child’s father coupled with his lack of consideration cause her insecurities to deepen, while her pains and humiliation are documented for everyone to see. The show becomes a hit and she a star but now she has to find a way not to let the pain she feels destroy her heart and poison her soul.

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