Friday, 31 July 2015

The Way We Bared Our Souls by: Willa Strayhorn

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Published January 22, 2015 by: Razorbill
Pages: 288
Rating: 3/5 stars

The Way We Bared Our Souls is a story about love, loss and letting go. It follows five teens, each with a different personal battle to fight, and their quest to get rid of it all. But when their idea doesn't seem to go as planned, the teens must now face their most difficult challenge of all: take on another person's burden.

I really did like this book because it portrayed a beautiful message that were are all human, fighting different battles. It was very touching, and even chilling to read, however I didn't find it as interesting as I thought it would be.

One thing that I loved about this book, is the fact that it was extremely realistic. The characters were beautifully flawed, unique and brave all in their own ways. I loved how humble they all were, and I fell in love with them all. I liked how the main protagonist ; Lo, was so determined in helping her other friends, just as much as she wanted to help herself. All of the characters looked out for each other, and there were definitely some strong friendships.

I thought that the plot to this book was simple and emotional, but I didn't find it all that engaging. I felt like there wasn't much build-up, and a lot of things felt uneventful. Even the ending, was a little less information than I would have liked.

Even though this book was realistic, emotional and gave a great glimpse into these teenager's lives, I felt like a lot of things were missing from the plot to keep me truly interested.

Have you read The Way We Bared Our Souls? What did you think?

Emily @ Paperback Princess


  1. This sounds like a book I'd pick up just because of the awesome summary and emotionalness, and then just find it meh, because, well, the plot! I really don't like it when books do that!

    1. It was a bit disappointing because I was hoping for some big build up that didn't happen! I tried to get past it because I loved the message.