Welcome!! This is our stop on this Blog Blitz Tour for MY VIRTUAL LIFE by Sharon Dempsey.
I would firstly like to say a rather big thank you to the amazing Emma Welton, Bombshell Books and of course the wonderful Sharon Dempsey who gifted me an early copy of MY VIRTUAL LIFE. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.
To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;
Glamorous lone parent, Stella wants nothing more than to impress her teenage daughter. She has spent her life shielding Tara from her religious upbringing and has never told Tara about her father. But when they move back to Belfast, hiding the past becomes tricky.
When Stella lands her dream job as fashion editor at a teen magazine, Tara thinks she will die of shame. Soon after, Tara starts a blog to pour out her teenage angst and begins working at a home for rescued animals run by the enigmatic Nora.
When Tara’s blog takes off, a rival magazine offers to publish it as a column, putting her in a difficult situation.
Will Tara risk hurting her mother in order to achieve her dream of being a writer?
Can three generations of one family, who struggle to understand each other, ever develop real bonds?
So, you want to know what I think?
This book really appealed to me when I read the synopsis as with the techno mad world we live in these days I thought it would be interesting. I wasn’t disappointed.
I really enjoy how this book was mainly written as a lonely girl blog narrated by Tara who with the help of her fashion editor mother seems to be any ordinary teenage girl dealing with all the angst that goes with it. I thought it was good reading the book as blog entries as you could read the events that happened throughout the book but they weren’t dragged out and you were given just enough information to get a good overview of the story without being bored.
I enjoyed seeing how different scenarios appeared to both Tara and Stella and how they each read situations differently. Although Stella was more of a secondary character and the book was mostly about Tara it was good to get those snippets of Stella’s thought processes too and it gave us a bigger glimpse into Tara and why she thinks the way she does.
There weren’t a lot of big surprises but it wasn’t completely predictable, I didn’t try to guess what was going to happen or how it would end and it made a nice change to romantic novels and I was interested to see how Tara and Stella’s relationship developed. I think they were both very likeable characters which really adds to the enjoyment of the book and I also think a lot of mums with teenagers will appreciate the struggles Tara goes through.
It was a very quick read for me and I found myself just enjoying it for what it was.
About Sharon Dempsey;
My Virtual Life is Sharon Dempsey’s second contemporary women’s fiction novel. Sharon is a Belfast-based writer of three fiction titles with four non-fiction health books published. Her crime debut Little Bird was released in July 2017 with Bloodhound Books. A Posy of Promises is the first in a trilogy and published by Bombshell Books.
She facilitates therapeutic creative writing classes for people affected by cancer and other health challenges, and runs a creative writing group for young people, called Young Scribblers, at the Crescent Arts Centre. She is a creative writing tutor at Queen’s University and Stranmillis College. Sharon studied Politics and English at Queen’s University and undertook a newspaper journalism post grad at City University, London. She has written for a variety of publications and newspapers, including the Irish Times. She regularly reviews books for BBC Radio Ulster. Sharon is working on the follow up to Little Bird and a collection of dark short stories.
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