Book Review: 23:27, H.L. Roberts


By: H.L. Roberts

Length: 196 pages

Published: November 24th 2017

Rating: ☆☆☆☆



These were all the things that you would expect from being famous. The bait that the producers of the industry would tempt you with to get you on their side.
What they don’t tell you though are all the inner tragedies that come along just as quickly. They don’t tell you about the heartache that occurs when you realize that this wasn’t what you wanted at all.
They don’t tell you about the pressure that’s always on the verge of crushing you when you’re forced to do everything that the public demands for and not what you truly desire.
They don’t tell you about the self hatred that would soon take over your entire being at the thought that you will never be good enough.
No – they don’t tell you these things at all.
But, Lilith Rose will.
When Lilith Rose, lead singer to one of the most famous rock bands around gets tired of all the lies and secrets that comes with being famous.
She decides that it’s time for all of it to stop and ends up revealing everything on a Facebook live stream.
The result…

“Part of me wants to die tonight, part of me wants it to be an accident, and part of me wants someone to notice and save me.” – Lilith Rose.

Important information:

While this is a fictional story, the events that take place within 23:27 is an event that happens all too often and has been steadily climbing. Many suicide attempts, however, go unreported or untreated. Reach out, seek help, offer help because every person matters. Every Person Matters.



23:27 is a remarkable book that covers so many different social topics that seem to be cast out in the YA world. 23:27 focus on Lilith Rose, who after rising to fame ponders the thoughts of why she is even being. What started as a slow decline due to the band’s management dictating the personal lives and how it is to be exposed to the media and the fans. Ends with lack of self-care turned to self-harm and manifested to revealing her inner truths on a live stream.

That’s right, a Live stream.  H.L. Roberts captured the full use of social media networks and used it to tell an elaborate story of one girl. But through the story of Lilith Rose, you learn how a person (even those who seem to have all) can feel entirely alone. You witness the effects that it has on those who may have to deal with the after-effects and the pain that it can cause in every party the endures this venture.

It starts out is the perspective of Lilith,  but I’d say the majority of it is told through Alec perspective, the bandmate, the best friend and the love she was forced to give up. I found it to be very intriguing to be able to get the story from the both of them. It made the flow continuous and allowed for the pivotal moments to be exposed which you wouldn’t have the know abouts if Roberts chose to just focus on only one of theirs.  Now, it obvious that Lilith is flawed,  so when Alec was first introduced he seemed to be perfect, bubbly and always in a positive mood. While Alec was among those, he was also naive and at moments self-absorbed and blinded by his emotion at almost every point. While I found myself to be utterly annoyed with the characters and the actions in which path they chose, they are genuine and ultimately realistic.

Now beneath all the dark suspenseful drama that took place, there is a beautiful love story that unfolds. Think ‘what if Romeo and Juliet didn’t sacrifice themselves for love’ type of deal. I loved learning how the relationship developed. I found Alec to deliciously sweet in his words and gestures.

This book is more than meets the eye, while it is a quick read it holds a lot of vital messages that factor into our everyday lives and eloquently showcases a positive outcome of what could have been a horrid tragedy.

Kudos to the author also for tackling a difficult subject matter.

Cool Stuff:

So while browsing the author’s Facebook page,  I came across two playlist in which she created for Lilith and Alec.


37 thoughts on “Book Review: 23:27, H.L. Roberts

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  1. This read sounds fairly interesting! I am a bit disappointed to know that it is “almost tragic”, which makes it a little less attractive to me. There is some tragedy in every good story and the best stories are those who mastered the tragedy telling. eg. Romeo and Juliet that you mentioned, If they have lived, their story wouldn’t have survived the centuries as it did.


  2. This is a great book review, the book sounds so interesting and relevant to the current society and situation. It is great that you have used your review to drive awareness to such an important issue.


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