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By Calla Devlin | Comments: ( 780 ) | Date: ( Apr 04, 2020 )

Three sisters struggle with the bonds that hold their family together as they face a darkness settling over their lives in this masterfully written debut novel.There are three beautiful blond Babcock sisters gorgeous and foul mouthed Adrienne, observant and shy Vanessa, and the youngest and best loved, Marie Their mother is ill with leukemia and the girls spend a lot ofThree sisters struggle with the bonds that hold their family together as they face a darkness settling over their lives in this masterfully written debut novel.There are three beautiful blond Babcock sisters gorgeous and foul mouthed Adrienne, observant and shy Vanessa, and the youngest and best loved, Marie Their mother is ill with leukemia and the girls spend a lot of time with her at a Mexican clinic across the border from their San Diego home so she can receive alternative treatments.Vanessa is the middle child, a talented pianist who is trying to hold her family together despite the painful loss that they all know is inevitable As she and her sisters navigate first loves and college dreams, they are completely unaware that an illness far insidious than cancer poisons their home Their world is about to shatter under the weight of an incomprehensible betrayal

  • Title: Tell Me Something Real
  • Author: Calla Devlin
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  • Page: 350
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About Author:

Calla Devlin

Calla Devlin is the author of Tell Me Something Real, a finalist for the PEN Literary Award, finalist for the William C Morris Debut Award, and International Literacy Literary Award Honor, and Right Where You Left Me A Pushcart nominee and winner of the Best of Blood and Thunder Award, her stories have been included in numerous literary journals and anthologies.

Comments Tell Me Something Real

  • LolaReviewer

    If you think that Tell Me Something Real is just another ‘‘cancer’’ book, think again. And then think some more.I wasn’t planning on reading this one anytime soon. I mean, look at that cover. It’s not exactly appealing. It makes the story look relatively boring and maybe extremely descriptive and slow-paced.But I told myself I had to give it a try, as it was sent to me by the publisher.And boy was I impressed.It’s such a powerful story. The theme of family is extremely important an [...]

  • Cait (Paper Fury)

    So this book totally surprised me. In a really really good way! I went in expecting a contemporary about (A) a pianist, (B) epic sisterly bonds, and (C) a parent dying of cancer. So yes, it was all those things + fantastic plot twists that had me reeling! It was so good. aLL THE GOOD.My favourite thing about this is: SISTERRRRS. I love books about sisters. I have 4 of them and they're all annoying so I like to read about epic fictional sister who spontaneously go out for ice cream. (No one spont [...]

  • Larry H

    The beautiful, blonde Babcock sisters—brash, confident, artistic Adrienne; sensitive, musical Vanessa; and the youngest, devoutly religious Marie—are growing up in San Diego in 1976. The Babcocks struggle with the same problems many families do—their father works too much and gets bullied by his boss, Vanessa doesn't practice the piano as much as she should, and Adrienne spends a little too much time mouthing off.But what sets the Babcocks apart is sadness. Their mother has leukemia, and h [...]

  • Elyse

    "It was like I had to pretend that I wasn't sick to make them feel okay"."Sometimes we have to wait, especially when things are difficult and a lot is happening at once". This is why I needed time to tell you about"A STRONG 5 STARS!!!!The entire novel is great.ex surprising 'substantial' storyline. It's not a story with an explosive beginningt the our minds start spinning and forming opinions right away about the characters. As soon as you think you know the basic 'theme' of this novele rug is p [...]

  • Maria (Big City Bookworm)

    This ARC was provided by Simon and Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review.Tell Me Something Real by Calla Devlin is one of those books that would have completely flown right by my radar if I hadn’t been offered the opportunity to read and review it through Simon and Schuster Canada. I had never heard of this novel previously, but the synopsis totally had me intrigued and I just knew that I had to read itORY LINE/CONCEPTTell Me Something Real tells the story of three sisters who are s [...]

  • Book Riot Community

    This story is so incredibly specific that it completely sucked me in. From the details about the characters to the time to the setting everything felt real and captivating. The story follows the three blond, beautiful Babcock sisters through a San Diego summer in 1976. Their mother is dying of leukemia and travels, with them, to Mexico often to receive an experimental treatment. I thought I’d fall in love with the story because of the sister relationship (definitely my genre kryptonite!), but [...]

  • Yodamom

    Emotional Hell Ride. That sums up this read for me. I was dragged down one road sobbing and heart broken only to be slammed into the wall of extreme anger, disbelief and then sorrow. I devoured this torturous read in one day. I couldn't leave the story at any point, it left me dangling off a cliff through the whole book. I read this yesterday, today I feel hungover and tired. The daily pain of these characters lives was draining. Then to find out. I tell you it was so twisted. I wanted to throw [...]

  • Kelly

    I was really liking this at the beginning. The writing is lovely and lush, and the girls are depicted well. But immediately, I wonderedwhy is this set in the 1970s? And when the twist of the story emerged, suddenly the reason for that time period made sense and pissed me off as a reader who hates (view spoiler)[ the use of time periods where technology allows things to go ~unexplained~ for so long(hide spoiler)]. I felt cheated and it was a cheap choice in writing. After the twist and putting th [...]

  • Nadine

    Tell Me Something Real is a story about coping. Coping as an individual and coping within the family. The book is told from Vanessa’s perspective, the middle child to a mother dying of leukemia forced to manage responsibilities she shouldn’t have to manage at her age.At the beginning of the book, I thought it was going to be a knock off of The Fault in our Star by John Green. Both stories have similar elements: cancer, overly mature young adults, and a budding romance. However, Tell Me Somet [...]

  • Brenda Ayala

    Tell Me Something Real is a good book, but ultimately forgettable. I never felt particularly affectionate toward any of our character, especially Caleb. I (as usual) did not fall for the instalove between Caleb and Vanessa, and even less so when I realized that Caleb was supposed to be Vanessa's rock in the typhoon of her life.I liked the twist and normally would have been gushing about it in my review, but it felt too detached. I didn't feel like Vanessa was actually experiencing what was suppo [...]

  • Andrea

    Many of my GR friends raved about this one. .Ugh. I was bored. Abandon ship??But my GR friends REALLY liked it. Stay on ship!S! It turned around, picked up & smacked me in the face. (In a good way). My GR friends never let me down. ❤️

  • Lolly K Dandeneau

    "I feel like a scavenger, a young raccoon, rummaging for scraps of motherly affection."The three Babcock sisters are coping with their mother’s illness in different ways. For the vibrant beautiful outspoken Adrienne, pious, sweet little Marie and quietly shy Vanessa everything they thought they knew about their long suffering mother’s disease is going to wither and fall away when she decides to help a fellow cancer patient Caleb. When Caleb and his mother move in, it is a welcome change from [...]

  • Trang Tran (Bookidote)

    This novel completely surprises me in a very good and unexpected way. And somehow relate to me personnally too. We follow the Babcok sisters, three beautiful blonde girls with different personalities who are trying to cope with their mother's growing leukemia.[image error]The whole story is about coping, an important theme that is being dissected in this novel and the reason why I think EVERYONE should read it. Vanessa is the middle child and also the narrator-it gives a childish voice to the st [...]

  • alice

    Beware, this book is not what you're expecting, this is not just a YA novel regarding cancer coping. A lot more happens and not one of you will see it coming. Not gonna say anymore to avoid spooling it. The idea behind this book has sooo much potential, could have easily reached a higher rating which it sadly didn't because of the instant-love and unlikely proceedings. I really liked the characters though, the sisters are really fun and I love their interactions. This book reminded me an awful l [...]

  • Susanchitter

    It seems at first like Fault of the Stars but the twists and turns transform the story line. The family of three girls are coping with their mother's cancer and their father's need to work at a time when they should be enjoying a childhood. I read it in a day, could not but it down.

  • Mrs. Europaea

    Really weird mash up of plot and themes. It seems like this should have been two books instead the author forced it all into one. Would have been better as two, this came off as incomplete and jarring. Yes, sometimes life happens suddenly but the way the author executed this was poor.

  • Kenya (ReviewsMayVary)

    3.5 I'm so glad this turned out to be more than the first love romance between this girl and her sick boyfriend. I'm glad I got over the hump. But it's one of those books you really can't think too deeply about.

  • Sarah Amelia

    Thank you to the publisher for giving me a advanced readers copy of this book. That has in no way influenced my rating. My oh my. I have no idea of how to rate this book. Maybe 2.5 stars? My rating system has 2 stars as being pretty bad and 3 stars as really enjoying the book but not being blown away. Yeah, definitely 2.5 stars. I can't decide if I enjoyed it some or disliked it. That's how indifferent I am about it. Because honestly it have some good parts but other parts just didn't work. Plus [...]

  • Kathy

    It is the summer of 1976. The three Babcock sisters, who live in San Diego, spend much of their time traveling to Mexico with their mother, who is receiving Laetrile, an experimental treatment for her leukemia that is illegal in the USA. Though each of the girls is different, they are bonded by concern for their mother. While at the clinic, Vanessa befriends Caleb, a young man who is also undergoing treatment at the clinic. To make it easier on his family, Caleb and his mother move in with the B [...]

  • Wendy

    This book's cover is not doing it any favors. I picked it up at the library because I vaguely remembered hearing some positive buzz about it. I liked some aspects of it, and read it in one fell swoop between work and dinner. It's engaging and all. But even without knowing there was supposed to be a twist (which it says on the jacket), I caught on pretty early as to what that twist would be. And as someone who was a kid in 1976, I felt that while the clothing might have been described accurately, [...]

  • Alison

    This story is so incredibly specific, from the details about the time and setting to the characters. I thought I would love it most for the sister relationships and lyrical writing, but then the plot ended up being my favorite part. The romance was pretty swoon-worthy too.

  • Zoë

    This is easily the most depressing book I've ever read. It twisted with my emotions and destroyed me, but boy, was it oh so beautiful.

  • Kat

    Yes, another sick kid book. Though sick kid is secondary in this tale about Vanessa caring for her mom who has cancer. It felt a little disjointed, but the second half was intriguing and difficult.

  • Estee

    I don't know what to say about this book without spoiling anything. Just read it. ---"Just allow yourself to feel right now. You don't have to understand it. That will come later. It may never come, honestly. Just play the piano. it's the best thing you can do."---"It's from On the Road. 'Nothing behind me. Everything ahead of me.'""Everything is behind be," I say. "Everything."

  • Michal Lynn

    I feel like this is a book I'll be thinking about for a while. More thoughts to come soon. 11/19: This book is difficult to review without getting into spoilers, so I'm going to try my darndest to get my thoughts out and hide the spoilers for anyone who hasn't read it but is interested in reading it.I honestly don't know if I would've read this book if I didn't know that there was a lot more to the concept (three daughters focused on their leukemia-stricken mother) than what is presented. The bo [...]

  • Michelle

    I was interested in reading this because it was nominated for William C. Morris award - I made a conscious decision to read all the nominees after having a lot of luck with nominees from years past (ie. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender and Seraphina) - but was unfortunately disappointed.Vanessa is the middle child of a three sister unit. She's been dealing with her mother's cancer diagnosis which has led the family to travel to a clinic in Mexico that offers treatment that's ban [...]

  • Marochka

    Если вы желаете впасть в безграничную депрессию, из которой вам будет очень не просто выбраться, эта книга для вас. Если не желаете, бегите от нее быстрее, она поразительно неприятная и скучная.70-е годы XX века – время, когда было не так уж просто поддерживать отношения на рас [...]

  • Suze Lavender

    Vanessa is the middle child. She has two sisters, Adrienne is the oldest and Marie is the youngest. They're very different from each other. Marie is deeply religious, Adrienne is gorgeous and confident and Vanessa is a gifted piano player. She doesn't have much time to play though, because the three girls have to accompany their mother to Mexico where she gets a type of treatment for leukemia that is forbidden in the United States. The sisters spend hours in the garden of the clinic. Waiting is [...]

  • Sarah

    Devlin's tale, told in first person from Vanessa (the middle child)'s perspective is full of heartbreak, uncertainty, and loss. Vanessa and her sisters are losing their mother. Diagnosed with Leukemia, she takes them to Mexico for experimental treatments that don't seem to be working. The Babcock girls each deal with their grief in their own ways. Adrienne becomes angry and foul mouthed, Marie becomes obsessed with virgin-martyr-saints, and Vanessa focuses on trying to keep everything together a [...]


    It's probably closer to a 3.75 stars, but I can't quite give it a four because I wasn't particularly into the romantic subplot. Anyway This book, you guys. It totally caught me off guard, which is a pleasant surprise. I was really intrigued by the way the author potray show illness in one person seeps into and affects the lives of their family. She focuses primarily on middle sister Vanessa, revealing the grief and the guilt and the stress and the anger and the joy and the confusion through her [...]

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