ARC Review + Giveaway: Fall Out Girl by L. Duarte

March 2, 2015 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 4 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
ARC Review + Giveaway: Fall Out Girl by L. DuarteFall Out Girl
by L. Duarte
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: March 21, 2015 by Self-Published
Format: eARC
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5 Stars
Source: Author

Imagine a social outcast: Me. (Luna)
Imagine a popular boy: Him. (Caleb)

Sound like the characters of a cliché story, right? Here, hold my hand. Come away with me. I’ll tell you my story, and you’ll decide.

But I have a warning: Proceed at your own risk. Since it’s a snippet of my life, I’m one of the main characters. And to put it lightly, I’m not the most likable person in the world, cue the earned label. Also, unlike fairy tales, my story is real with a dash of sorrow and loss.

How do I start? Once upon a time…? Shoot me now, please.
The beginning? No, too boring.

Well, let’s start with the catalytic moment that set in motion a chain of events that changed my life, yet again.

As for a happily ever after? Sorry, no spoilers here. You’re going to have to figure that one out on your own. After you read my tale, it becomes yours, and as such, you’re entitled to your interpretation.

So, off we go!

Fasten your seat belts. This ride may get bumpy.


A story so raw and so powerful, filled with so much sorrow yet it is so beautiful.

Can I sob? Would you let me sob while writing my review? Yes? Okay. *cue the tears and the sobs* Asdfghjkl. I’ll stop sobbing or I won’t do a good review and this book deserves the mother of amazing reviews. With that being said, this book is going on my favorite books of 2015. I know we are only starting this year but it’s a breathtaking story.

Short summary so I don’t spoil: Luna has had a rough life. She lost her dad early in life and was sent to live with her aunt. To survive, she succumbs to selling drugs in order to have at least one meal at home for herself, her cousin Jake and her aunt, who acts more like a teenager than an adult. Luna has built a fort, hiding away her feelings, showing everyone that she is tough and she is not to be messed with. That all changes when Caleb enters her life. But her story really is one of loss and one that is painful. Life is not filled with rainbows.

To show emotion was the same as cracking open your chest and inviting others to pry out your secrets, dissect your soul, and ultimately judge and condemn you. No, thank you.

First, can we all agree that the cover is GORGEOUS?! When the author contacted me to see if I would review Fall Out Girl, I immediately said yes. I had already read the blurb and seen the cover so I jumped at the chance. The past few weeks have been hell for me and I didn’t want a cute romance story. As we all read on the blurb, this story is dark. I started reading FOG and I was only on 2% and I was submerged. I had plunged head first into the story.

Luna is a handful of a character but I loved her so much. I believe every person can relate to Luna in one way or another when it comes to her personality. Luna isn’t a girly girl…not at all. She is fierce, sarcastic and has great confidence but under all of that tough exterior (a few tattoos, a few piercings, dresses like an emo chick), there is a girl that is caring and loving and vulnerable.

While I was the fierce, bitchy, and cocky hustler elsewhere, at the shelter I allowed a sweeter side to surface, one that had almost disappeared after Dad’s death.

Even though she is only 17-years-old, her mind (psychological age) is of someone who is way older. Luna is not one to have fantasies; in fact, she is a very realistic character. She also has mastered the art of saving money. She wants to leave the town she is in and take Jake with her to some place far and start a new life so she has saved a lot of money and she also has a college trust fund.

As you have noticed, the cover of this book has birds, or more specific, swallows. This is something that is very important in the story. Something that Luna and her dad would do was to build houses for birds. When her father died, Luna still tended to the birds and even volunteered at a shelter but swallows are the most important to her because of their meaning so read the book to find out 😉

Caleb was the first guy ever to make Luna have feelings for someone in the romantic way. She tried to push him away but Caleb was ever so persistent and wouldn’t give up on dating her. She finally relented but as I mentioned above, life is not all colorful and happiness.

Since my father’s death, I had built a thick shell around me, around my emotions. With a flick of his fingers, Caleb had removed it and exposed me in a terrifying way.

What I loved so much about the story is that I felt like I was reading someone’s diary. It felt so real. I imagined myself being there with Luna throughout it all. Each pain she felt, I felt. Each happy moment she felt, I felt. It was so realistic and beautiful at the same time. The writing is magnificent, poetic and alluring. Not only that, while I normally wouldn’t like a few things that the characters say or do in any other story, I loved it in this one. Why? Because every single thing was justified and written so matter-of-factly like a teenager who is sarcastic would explain. That’s another reason why I really loved the story. (If you are normally put off by this, you still need to read this book!)

As soon as book releases on March 21, you should buy it. I promise you won’t regret it. This is just one of those books that are so amazing and beyond anything magical that you just HAVE to read it.

Add it to your TBR now.

And don’t forget to like my review on Goodreads 🙂

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About L. Duarte

I have found that there is only one thing better than reading, and that is writing. I am always torn between the two. I am also frequently torn between chocolate and coffee. However, I emphatically do not like the month of February, lies, and flies. For me, bravery is defined by the courage to do what we fear the most.

I live in Connecticut with my husband and two children. Drop a few lines. I would love to hear from you.

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