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Book Review: Elle Palmore - Lemon Lavender Is Not Fine [ARC]

This is a very emotional and deeply moving story of a girl who refuses to admit that she is far from fine.

I enjoyed this book, and I am so proud of Lemon from overcoming everything that was stacked against her.

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by Elle Pallmore

Genre: Young adult, Romance, Coming-of-age
Began reading: July 19th 2019
Finished Reading: July 23rd 2019

I have given this book a...

My rating!

3 stars out of 5!

It was almost a 3.5, too!

may contain spoilers... 

At the beginning of the book, I felt that Lemon was really quite relatable: her awkwardness - in particular upon forming a new relationship with Graham - and her best friends relationship with Isabel. We've probably all experienced something of the sort, when we were sixteen years old liken her. It felt like the perfect coming of age story!

As we got more familar with Lemon's home situation, I felt for her. She had it REAL bad. All of the responsibilities of her older sister, Meg, had been dumped onto her as soon as she fled to Europe. This plethora of responsilities included caring for her mother - who we never really got a proper explanation as to why she was 'ill'; cooking the family meals; doing the household chores; dealing with the pressure of taking Meg's place as the 'perfect' Lavender (this mainly came from her father).

On top of all of this, she had to deal with the pressure of the school bullies Chealsea and Madeline that just simply won't leave her alone!

Just when everything seems to be going perfectly between Lemon and Graham, Chealsea's jealousy forces them apart, which causes them to not speak for a large duration of the book.

Things start falling apart from there.

Lemon desperately wants everything to stop, so she can breath and live a normal teenage life, but refuses to do anything about it.

In addition to this, it felt really young even though on Goodreads it is classed as a YA novel. Maybe it's the writing style; maybe it's because the book isn't mature enough to tackle the mature issues mentioned (e.g. bullying, unhealthy relationships, unlabelled mental health).

Will I be re-reading this book?
Most likely not.

Will I be reading another Elle Pallmore book in the future?
This book is the only novel the author was published at the moment; but I maybe if she releases another, I may try my hand at it and see how it goes.


Thank you to Netgalley who gave me this ARC edition in exchange for an honest review!

Have you read this book? Did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments!

Stay awesome,
Hannah :)


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Hi, I'm Hannah. This is my blog.

Adventuring into fictional universes is always something that I have thoroughly enjoyed. Now, as an aspiring author, I get to create them too.