Mirror Mirror by Cara Delevingne
Published by Orion Publishing Group
Released 5th October 2017
Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Friend. Lover. Victim. Traitor.
When you look in the mirror, what do you see?
Sixteen-year-old friends Red, Leo, Rose, and Naomi are misfits; still figuring out who they are and who they want to be. Life isn’t perfect, but music brings them together, and they are excited about what the future holds for their band, Mirror, Mirror. That is until Naomi vanishes before being pulled unconscious out of the river.
She’s left fighting for her life in a coma. The police claim it was a failed suicide attempt, but her friends aren’t convinced. Will Naomi ever wake up? What - or perhaps who - led her to that hospital bed? And how did Red, the self-styled protector of the group, fail to spot the warning signs?
While Rose turns to wild partying and Leo is shrouded by black moods, Red sets out to uncover the truth. It’s a journey that will cause Red’s world to crack, exposing the group’s darkest secrets. Nothing will ever be the same again, because once a mirror is shattered, it can’t be fixed.
Cara Delevingne, the voice of her generation, explores identity, friendship and betrayal in this gripping and powerful coming-of-age story. For fans of We Were Liars, Thirteen Reasons Why and The Girls.
I’m always a bit skeptical when a celebrity announces they are releasing a fiction book. Is it ghostwritten? Is it just for money? Is this giving actual authors less of a chance of being published? However, when I heard about Mirror Mirror I was instantly intrigued. One – because it was written by Cara Delevingne – one of the most popular voices of my generation and two – because the story sounded just up my street. You can imagine my excitement then when I received an ARC of the book from the lovely guys at Orion. I couldn’t wait to get into it.
Red, Leo, Rose and Naomi are four misfits; still figuring out their identity and who they want to be. Life for the four isn’t perfect but one thing brings them together. Music. They are excited about what the future holds for their band Mirror Mirror. That is until Naomi disappears and is found weeks later in a river. Left fighting for her life, her friends start to piece together what happened to her but it isn’t easy. Rose turns to wild partying and Leo starts being shrouded by dark moods. It is up to Red, the protector of the group to figure out what happened to Naomi, a journey that will cause the group to crack, exposing dark secrets. Things will never be the same for the four again.
Wow! Is the first thing I will say about Mirror Mirror it totally surpassed all my expectations and literally blew me away. From the first page I was hooked and it takes a great book to do that to me. I was sucked in by the mystery, suspense and darkness and once I got into it there was no going back. There are so many twists and turns as the story progresses. One minute I thought I knew what the outcome was going to be and the next I realised I was wrong. There is one moment that really shocked me but I won’t give anything away.
I was surprised at first that the story was being narrated by Red. I was expecting it to be narrated in the third person but it was a pleasant surprise. This made Red stand out the most to me in one way. I was so invested in their story and I feel like I made a strong connection to them as a character. It’s amazing when that happens. Nonetheless this didn’t stop me forging connections to the other characters within the book. They were all so well built and despite the story being narrated by Red you got to know them all personally. This could be why I felt strong bonds to all of them. I particularly loved Rose. You could call her a tragic heroine of sorts. She was the character that I felt the most emotion for if I’m being totally honest.
The story itself is quite dark and it does pick up on some topics that could be quite triggering for some, such as, sexuality, rape, prison, bullying etc. Despite this they are all handled in a respectful way and they aren’t glamourised in anyway. These topics need to be included in more fiction and I admire Cara for doing this. It takes guts to include topics like these in stories.
Mirror Mirror was outstanding. If I had to pick up on a gripe I would probably say that the ending seemed a bit rushed and I would’ve loved to have seen it play out a bit more. Apart from that it was just brilliant. The twists and turns had me wanting more. The mystery had me hooked and the character building was perfect. This is a book that I was definitely be reading again and you all need to go out and get it. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
Cara Delevingne is an English fashion model and actress. She signed with Storm Model Management after leaving school in 2009. Delevingne won the “Model of the Year” award at the British Fashion Awards in 2012 and 2014 and has appeared in shows for houses including Burberry, Chanel, Mulberry, Dolce & Gabbana, and Jason Wu. She started her acting career with a minor role in the 2012 film adaptation of Anna Karenina. Her first major roles were as Margo Roth Spiegelman in the romantic mystery film Paper Towns (2015), Kath Talent in London Fields, and the Enchantress in the comic book film Suicide Squad (2016).