The Girl and the Grove

The Girl and the Grove

by Eric Smith


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The Girl and the Grove by Eric Smith

Teenager Leila’s life is full of challenges. From bouncing around the foster care system to living with seasonal affective disorder, she’s never had an easy road. Leila keeps herself busy with her passion for environmental advocacy, monitoring the Urban Ecovists message board and joining a local environmental club with her best friend, Sarika. And now that Leila has finally been adopted, she dares to hope her life will improve.
But the voices in Leila's head are growing louder by the day. Ignoring them isn't working anymore. Something calls out to her from the grove at Fairmount Park. Is she ready to answer?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635830187
Publisher: North Star Editions
Publication date: 05/08/2018
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 207,343
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Eric Smith is a young adult author and literary agent who grew up in the wilds of New Jersey. When he isn't working on books (his and other peoples), he can be found writing about books for places like Book Riot and Paste Magazine. He lives with his wife, Nena, and their legion of small furry animals in Michigan. Find him online at or on Twitter at @ericsmithrocks.

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The Girl and the Grove 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
tpolen 12 months ago
This charming tale is an interesting blend of contemporary and fantasy, with a main character I just wanted to hug throughout the entire book. Leila is a mature young woman with strong convictions who struggles with questions about her past, while also learning to trust her new family and find a sense of belonging. And everyone should have a best friend like Sarika - that person who always supports you and has your back no matter what - who is also a snarky, talented coffee barista with a loyal Twitter following. Leila's dad, Jon, is the perfect concoction of worried, overprotective father, with an endearing, dorky sense of humor. I loved the emphasis on environmental awareness and the interactions between the group on the message board. Raising awareness in any way can only have a positive effect. Although the romantic relationships felt somewhat rushed, hovering near the 'insta-love' airspace, I appreciated the way Leila realized early on that some relationships are just incompatible, but that doesn't mean the friendship has to end. It caught me off guard when Shawn's character seemed to change abruptly from one scene to the next, and I was also hoping for a little more information about Leila's biological father. The Girl and the Grove is an entrancing story with strong themes of family, friendship, and trust. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.