Book Review: Pearl by Jo Knowles

Bean (aka Pearl) and Henry, misfits and best friends, have the strangest mothers in town. Henry’s mom Sally never leaves the house. Bean’s mom Lexie, if she is home, is likely nursing a hangover or venting to her friend Claire about Bean’s beloved grandfather Gus, the third member of their sunny household.

Gus’s death unleashes a host of family secrets that brings them all together. And they threaten to change everything—including Bean’s relationship with Henry, her first friend, and who also might turn out to be her first love.

I have such a hard time reviewing and rating books like this one. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a conservative reader. Thus there is certain content that I prefer not to read about. This book has some of that content which makes me hesitant to recommend it. Since I hate spoilers I’m not going to share what it is… but conservative readers beware that the family secrets that unravel although not graphic may not be for you.

That said Pearl is a well written book, one I read in one sitting.  Delving into family secrets, relationships, love, grieving and friendship Jo Knowles packed a lot into this fast paced family drama.  The characters were well developed in a short time and I was drawn into this story and enjoyed it (for the most part).

Pearl by Jo Knowles will be released in July 2011

Content: Some language and other content that may bother conservative readers.  Email me if you want more details as I don’t want to post spoilers.

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Source: ARC Tour