Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Book Review: The Lives We Lead by Alexandra Egi

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge,from the author, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

Preteens and teens have long faced unique challenges. Mentally, physically, emotionally, and socially, their worlds are changing quickly and often daily. The difference between today’s adolescents and those of past generations is that everything is on display publically now, which only adds to the pressure to be perfect. But underneath the filters and behind the selfies, many young people struggle with some serious issues: unhealthy relationships, family challenges, bullying, body image, and more.

Who better to truly examine these issues than someone who is in the midst of it? At seventeen years old, Alexandra Egi, a high school student, entrepreneur, and writer, witnesses these struggles daily and began to notice, especially in today’s world where perfection is the goal, there’s a certain stigma surrounding the real-life challenges that so many young people face. To lift the curtain and offer a little message of hope to her peers, she penned her entertaining debut novel, 


Kings Stand is one of the most exclusive prep schools in the country, but the lives behind these ivy-covered walls are far from perfect. Led by Ms. Hillcrest, a headmistress with a dark secret, the privileged students face difficult families, fear, heartbreak, abandonment, and uncertain futures. Eleventh graders Zoey, Madi, Jenni, and Ashley must each conquer their private troubles, tearing the group apart. Moving past their issues will take friendship, dedication, and self-confidence. If the girls learn more about themselves, their relationships, and the importance of special bonds, they will come out of these battles stronger and ready to move into healthier adulthoodsbut can they separate their egos and hurt feelings for their own good?

From Alexandra, about the book:

“I hope to give voiceless teens a voice. There is a lot of stigma and exclusion in the teen community and I think it needs to be addressed. It’s time to dive into the issues that others ignore – I hope I can offer a different, and helpful, view.”


When you take a writing class, you are told to 'write what you know'. Alexandra has done this, by delving into the social and peer pressures of high school, and bringing them to light. The result is a book that is a must have for girls to read, and I would say starting in 4th or 5th grade! I know it seems young, but nowadays the 'mean girls' drama starts as young as 2nd and 3rd grade. SIGH, I know. Your girls need to read this book before they get wrapped up in similar scenarios. It would be a great book to both read and then have family discussions about the scenarios, and how your daughter and can best handle herself in them. Even if she can avoid them, this is a great book to allow her to empathize with other's points of views. 

About the Author:

Alexandra Egi is seventeen years old, and a senior in high school. This is her debut novel, which was inspired by her love of writing.She is President and Founder of Impact Writers Hub, which is an online writing program that aims to make a difference using words. In addition to her responsibilities as a student and entrepreneur, Egi enjoys art, basketball, music, and spending time with her loving and supportive family. As a writer, Egi has been published twice in Canadian anthologies. The Lives We Lead is her first novel. Learn more about Egi and her work by visiting www.alexandraegi.com, She is very thankful to God for all her blessings, a loving and very supportive family, and her love of writing. Alexandras aspiration is to make a difference in the world

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