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Book Review: All the Beautiful Girls by Elizabeth J. Church~DNF

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I would like to thank NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity and all views expressed are my own.

 

 

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I vow to finish every book that I receive because when a publishing company or an author sends me an advanced copy they are giving me a golden opportunity. I am given the opportunity to read a book that would have costs me a good bit of money for free and they could have given the opportunity to another blogger. I have never reviewed a book as a DNF and stand by my standards to do everything in my power to not have to do this again. I also wanted to let the readers know ahead of time that I did not get past the first 2 chapters so I can’t give you the best of knowledge of this story. I only did not finish because of triggers. The writing and word building was great but I could not get past the triggers. I feel I need to post my review not only to share my honest opinion but to give some a warning because the triggers for me caused panic. I also want to genuinely apologize to the publisher and author for not finishing this story. It had nothing to do with your writing or this book. My review is simply because of my own personal triggers.

About the Book

Title: All The Beautiful Girls

Author: Elizabeth J. Church

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My RatingDNF0

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SynopsisA powerful novel about a gutsy showgirl who tries to conquer her past amongst the glamour of 1960s Las Vegas–and finds unexpected fortune, friendship, and love.

It was unimaginable. When she was eight years old, Lily Decker somehow survived the auto accident that killed her parents and sister, but neither her emotionally distant aunt nor her all-too-attentive uncle could ease her grief. Dancing proves to be Lily’s only solace, and eventually, she receives a “scholarship” to a local dance academy–courtesy of a mysterious benefactor.

Grown and ready to leave home for good, Lily changes her name to Ruby Wilde and heads to Las Vegas to be a troupe dancer, but her sensual beauty and voluptuous figure land her work instead as a showgirl performing everywhere from Les Folies Bergere at the Tropicana to the Stardust’s Lido de Paris. Wearing costumes dripping with feathers and rhinestones, five-inch heels, and sky-high headdresses, Ruby may have all the looks of a Sin City success story, but she still must learn to navigate the world of men–and figure out what real love looks like.

With her uncanny knack for understanding the hidden lives of women, Elizabeth J. Church captures both the iconic extravagance of an era and the bravery of a young woman who dances through her sadness to find connection, freedom, and, most important, herself.

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Book ReviewI am sorry but I had to DNF this book not because it was bad but because there were some really big triggers for me. Honestly, I can’t sleep tonight because the scenes keep running through my head. I usually can handle talk about these triggers but it went to a detail that caused me to hyperventilate. This is totally just a me thing. I know that many others love this book and it’s highly recommended. The triggers were just way too intense for me to sit through. There are triggers of an animal death and intense childhood abuse scenes. I’m sure this book was great and many others have enjoyed it, I just can’t finish it because of some recent trauma that I have experienced. I don’t know how to rate this story because I couldn’t get past the first chapters without a panic attack but it was well written and think many will enjoy so my lack of stars is not personally against the book it is because I don’t feel I can rate something properly that I didn’t read. I’m sorry that I haven’t been active today or last night. I just didn’t realize the possible effects that a book could have on you this extent. If you’re not triggered by these events than I would suggest you checking it out for yourself.
I want to thank the publishers and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity and all views expressed are my own.

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40 thoughts on “Book Review: All the Beautiful Girls by Elizabeth J. Church~DNF

  1. Never feel the need to apologise for not finishing! If something is a trigger it’s in your best interest to step away but you have been brave enough to be honest and warn anyone else that could have similar issues with this book!

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  2. Intense child abuse is a heavy subject indeed. That might lose this book lots of potential readers, depending on how it was handled in the narrative. I think it’s important for you to not finish books that disturb you, Dani. There’s always another book, honey.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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  3. Bloody Nora I don’t have any triggery things and I wouldn’t want to read a book that involves intense child abuse FFS’s! You did the right thing putting it down. We need more Dalton Kipper and Nick Gorgeous! XXX

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    1. Thanks for making me laugh, Fraggle! I can always count on you to brighten my day! I just read the first 2 chapters and I keep having the images in my head. Ugh. They really should have put a warning on the book IMO but many people have given the title high ratings. It’s just way too intense for me.

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    1. Thanks so much for the support, Kim. I actually started looking for a positive novel right aftwe that. I started reading a book called Surviving and Thriving with an Invisible Chronic Illness and its pretty freakin awesome! I have 3/4 of the book highlighted becaue everything she says sounds like its meant for me! xoxoxoxo

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  4. I completely understand. There are some novels that, though they may be writing these scenes to a purpose of teaching us that these things actually happen and creating an awareness, it was be very disturbing and difficult. There is nothing wrong with not being aboe to complete it.

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  5. Really sorry you were triggered by this book my lovely. Glad you made the sensible choice to DNF it. I never DNF books because I feel so guilty, especially if they’re ARCs but I totally would have done in this instance. Hope that you’re ok, big hugs xxx💚💜💛💙🖤❤️

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