From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Teresa Mummert comes a cautionary coming of age tale.

Lila Jane is spending her summer vacation preparing for high school. She does everything asked of her, but her parents rarely give her credit for her efforts. She decides to sneak out with a friend to attend a local party and shed her little girl image, to become a woman once and for all. What starts out as a fun escape soon escalates into a life on the run with a boy she barely knows.


*Review copy received from the author for an honest review*

4 “just a teenager” stars

I’m going to start with this is not my normal read, and I still enjoyed it very much! I am usually more of an adult romance reader, but occasionally a young adult read will catch my eye. The Death of Lila Jane did that!! I honestly wasn’t quite sure what I was getting into with a title like that, either. But, it is good!

“Boring old predictable Lila Jane.”

The Death of Lila Jane is heartwarming, kinda heart breaking, and funny all that the same time. So Lila has lived a very sheltered and kind of odd life. I truly felt sorry for this girl. She’s only 15, so very immature, but still enjoyable. And Kaden…Kaden has lived a VERY sad life. My heart ached for him. Kaden had been through more tragedies in his 17 years than some of us see in our lifetime. What a pair, right?!?

“They say things happen in our lives for a reason. Some don’t believe that saying, but I do.”

The how on these two ending up in the same car and off on a journey is quite interesting. I can’t say I was totally sold on it, and definitely wouldn’t have pictured these two together, but it sure made for an enjoyable story. Kaden gives off that bad boy persona, and he is a bad boy in a way. But, overall, he is a softy who took great care of Lila. Cause somebody had to be the responsible one 😉

“It was better this way. It was better that she hated me, even if it killed me inside.”

This is a very enjoyable read with lots of humor I wasn’t expecting. It’s an easy and quick read that keeps you entertained the whole time. Give it a try, peeps!! 🙂




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