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Life in a Fishbowl by Len Vlahos

lifeinafishbowlJackie’s life wasn’t perfect, but at least it was normal. That is, until her dad received a terminal cancer diagnosis. Then he went and did what anyone faced with mountains of medical bills and a family to support would do: he sold his life to the highest bidder. Which turned out to be a TV station.

Suddenly everyone from psychotic millionaires to cyber-savvy nuns wants a piece of Jackie’s family as they become a reality TV sensation. Jackie’s life spirals out of control just as her dad’s starts to run out, and meanwhile the whole world is tuning in to watch her family fall apart .

Acidly funny and heartbreakingly sad, Life in a Fishbowl is an exploration of the value of life and what memories mean to us.

I received an advanced review copy of this book from the publisher, Bloomsbury, in exchange for a fair review. This does not affect my thoughts and opinions in any way.

When I first got my hands on this book, my initial thoughts were this was going to be another rendition of something along the lines of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Straight away I can tell you wrong!

I have to admit, I don’t think I’ve ever read something like this before. I found it interesting how the story was told through several points of view. While previously I have found that I am not fond of this, it worked really well in this case, and it really tied the whole story together. At the beginning we’re introduced to all these characters that have absolutely no connection to each other at all what-so-ever, when suddenly, one man’s illness either connects them one way or another, or in other cases actually brings them together.

The story that is told in this book is a powerful one of how the media so easily influences the world, and how, when you become a prisoner of that media, you must create your own content to tell the truth.

I have to say I really adored this book, and enjoyed reading every morsel of it. I loved the interactions between characters, especially Jackie and Max, and I loved how their relationship with Hazel really conveyed just how powerful the internet can be in today’s world.

The slogan on the copy of the book I received came with the words: “Totally original and impossible to put down – a moving and funny exploration of the value of life and what memories mean to us.”  That’s exactly what I got from this book. Extremely impossible to put down, I couldn’t believe how good it was.


Life In A Fishbowl by Len Vlahos is released in Paperback tomorrow, January 12 2017, by Bloomsbury! Make sure to get your copy, read it, love it, and join the conversation. Use the hashtag #lifeinafishbowl and follow @lenvlahos and @hooked_books on Twitter!

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