Monday, April 10, 2017

Looking Glass Lies

A poignant and relatable novel, Looking Glass Lies captures the war women wage against themselves, and the struggle to see beauty reflected in a mirror not distorted by society’s unrelenting expectations.

For most of her adult life, Cecily Ross has compared herself to other women—and come up short. After a painful divorce from her emotionally abusive husband, Cecily returns to her hometown of Canyon, Texas, looking to heal.

But coming home isn’t what she expects. In a town as small as Canyon, her pain is difficult to escape—especially with her model-perfect ex–sister-in-law working at the town’s popular coffee-shop hangout. With help from her father, a support group, and an old friend who guides her to see her own strengths, Cecily may have a shot at overcoming her insecurities and learning to love again.

The true test comes when tragedy strikes, opening Cecily’s eyes to the harmfulness of her distorted views on beauty—and giving her the perfect opportunity to find peace at last.

My thoughts: This book is intense! I appreciate how it tackles the problem of the media and how it has defined beauty, and how that affects both women and men. The book has several different characters who battle with self image, so it will touch many readers. I just wish that there would of been a bit more hope, since the book is pretty weighty. Over all though, this is an excellent story about a group of women and their journey to seeing themselves as more than how the world has defined them.
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.


  1. Sounds like this is a book worth keeping in mind. Thanks for the review, Amanda! :)

    1. It is, though I have mixed feelings about it.;) The book is incredibly well written and exposes important issues.