Find Layla: A Novel

Find Layla: A Novel Review

A neglected girl’s chaotic coming-of-age becomes a trending new hashtag in a novel about growing up and getting away by an award-winning author.

Underprivileged and keenly self-aware, SoCal fourteen-year-old Layla Bailey isn’t used to being noticed. Except by mean girls who tweet about her ragged appearance. All she wants to do is indulge in her love of science, protect her vulnerable younger brother, and steer clear of her unstable mother.

Then a school competition calls for a biome. Layla chooses her own home, a hostile ecosystem of indoor fungi and secret shame. With a borrowed video camera, she captures it all. The mushrooms growing in her brother’s dresser. The black mold blooming up the apartment walls. The unmentionable things living in the dead fridge. All the inevitable exotic toxins that are Layla’s life. Then the video goes viral.

When Child Protective Services comes to call, Layla loses her family and her home. Defiant, she must face her bullies and friends alike, on her own. Unafraid at last of being seen, Layla accepts the mortifying reality of visibility. Now she has to figure out how to stay whole and stand behind the truth she has shown the world.

Title:Find Layla: A Novel

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  • Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    It's sad, heartbreaking but really beautiful.I love you, dear author. The book is so real.Trigger warnings: Bullying, drug addiction, violence, abuseYouTube.Twitter.Viral on the net Neglected kids.Com...

  • Sheena

    I read Find Layla in one sitting. It's not an easy read as it deals with topics such as abuse, neglect, and bullying but I just couldn't stop reading and it helps that it is relatively short. It is he...

  • Goth Gone Grey

    Self-medicating with science in the midst of squalorThis is not an easy read. The narrator and lead character, Layla, warns us of this early on: "Life is hard and complicated and messy. Life is paras...

  • Rachel Lipkin

    Find Layla is a story that needs to be told and read and reread and shared. It’s a story of neglected children and absent parents and hope. This story belongs in libraries and spoken about in classr...

  • -??clara??-

    You can find this and other reviews on my blog ♥This book was… peculiar. The premise is exactly that: a girl and her little brother who live in a very unstable environment, with an even more unsta...

  • Joan Concilio

    Truly amazing. It’s 5:25 a.m. and I just finished, and all I can think is it’s been way too long since I cared more about a book than sleep. And this book... wow did it rip my heart out. To Meg El...

  • Grace

    An emotionally gripping story of a young girl just trying to survive.The synopsis for this book immediately grabbed my attention. I knew this wouldn't be an easy read. However, I set my hopes high, be...

  • Riya Reads

    A. poignant, coming of age story of an intelligent and witty, science geek girl called LAYLA. Layla is our nerdy quintessential 14 year old. I loved her witty remarks throughout the story. She doesn't...

  • Judy

    Wow. Just wow.It was the apparent honesty that killed me. No sugar coating. No Disney. I can't say more because I don't want to spoil this for anyone. But I read this whole book in three hours. I almo...

  • Tanya

    I did a rare thing and changed my rating after sleeping on it. And it was not in the book's favor :(So here's the good:-super engaging-good protagonist-easy to read - I read it in 1 four hour sittingH...