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I'm here today to do another Overlooked Books post. For those of you who are new to this type of blog post, I think there are too many books out there that just don't get the hype they deserve. And so when I stumble upon these hidden treasures, I like to share why I love them so much so that someone else might discover what they've been missing. So here is a book that definitely deserves more attention that I want to recommend to everybody.

Eva's life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination—an echo. She was made by the Weavers as a copy of someone else, expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her "other," if she ever died. Eva spends every day studying that girl from far away, learning what Amarra does, what she eats, what it's like to kiss her boyfriend, Ray. So when Amarra is killed in a car crash, Eva should be ready. But sixteen years of studying never prepared her for this. Now she must abandon everything and everyone she's ever known—the guardians who raised her, the boy she's forbidden to love—to move to India and convince the world that Amarra is still alive. What Eva finds is a grief-stricken family; parents unsure how to handle this echo they thought they wanted; and Ray, who knew every detail, every contour of Amarra. And when Eva is unexpectedly dealt a fatal blow that will change her existence forever, she is forced to choose: Stay and live out her years as a copy or leave and risk it all for the freedom to be an original. To be Eva. From debut novelist Sangu Mandanna comes the dazzling story of a girl who was always told what she had to be—until she found the strength to decide for herself                                                                          

Title: The Lost Girl
Author: Sangu Mandanna
Released: August 2012
Why You Should Read It: I discovered this book while I was rearranging my shelves by genre this week because I realized that The Lost Girl really doesn't fit any of the normal genres. It's really in a category all its own.  

You have to admit that the author really plays around with some interesting ideas here. If we can fix everything else in the world, why can't we just replace people when they die? And can you really create a perfect clone of another person? These are big questions that aren't usually addressed in YA books and I was pleasantly surprised with how well Sangu picked them up and made them her own. I love books that make me think. I love books that stretch my imagination and inspire my brain to start whirling about matters other than the very cute romance. And I think this book accomplishes that very well. 

But even without these background notions, the story is wonderfully told and quite easily sucks you in and holds you tight. 

I just don't think this book got the victory lap it deserved. It was beautifully written and full of difficult questions and lifelike characters. It should be given more of a chance to dominate the best-sellers list. So help by adding this book to your TBR piles today!

If you have any other books you think are too often overlooked, share in the comments! And I'll see you again soon. 
Oh hello there! My name is Emily, though some of you may know me as the Bookie Monster. As the name would suggest, I devour books like the Cookie Monster devours cookies. In my spare time, I like to bake cookies (and devour those as well) and dream about taking over the world. As if my book obsession wasn't life consuming enough,

 I work in the children's room at my local library and I am currently a sophomore in college majoring in English. It's safe to say I'm a bit of a book fanatic. I discreetly shed a few tears on my eleventh birthday when I did not receive my Hogwarts acceptance letter and I waited seven hours outside in the rain just to get a good seat at the Hunger Games midnight premiere. I'm terrified of blood and Disney movies make me cry (in a good way). My passions include hippos, hugs, and Hans Zimmer…and uh,long walks on the beach. I'm just a normal girl with a slightly abnormal and frightfully expensive obsession. Nice to meet you!


  1. I definitely need to read this one!

  2. I have this one on my kindle. I knew it was about clones, but you make a strong case to read it sooner than later. Great review. I like this feature.

  3. This one has been on my wish list for ages, and I couldn't figure out why nobody seemed to review it- so this is good to see!

  4. I saw this book floating around on the internet when it came out, but I forgot all about it! Thank you for helping me re-discover it, now I'm definitely going to go buy it! Brilliant post, would definitely love to see more hidden gems :)

  5. I forgot about this book.. I was so excited to read it but never gotten around to it. Hopefully, I will remedy that soon :)

  6. I actually own this book but haven't gotten to it yet. I remember when it came out but only heard a couple people talk about it and haven't really heard anyone since then. Hopefully I can get to it soon.

  7. Thanks for sharing - it's nice to learn more about overlooked books. I remember this one around the time it came out, I suppose, but I don't remember hearing much about it. I think I'd enjoy it.


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