Novella Review: Not the End, Gianna Gabriela

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By: Gianna Gabriela

Rating: four-stars


I needed you.
I needed you to tell me I was beautiful.
I needed you to tell me it was all going to be okay.
I needed you to be with me.
To love me.
To protect me.
I needed you—
but the sad thing is you didn’t need me.
You didn’t want me.
You never cared about me.
And when you gave up on me, I gave up on me too.
I lost myself because I found all my self-worth in you.
And when you left me, I left myself too.
Now I’m left wondering, could I come back for me?



This wasn’t the story I had expected but it was well perceived. With a touch of romance thrown into a situation that is all too real for many high school students, Gabriela crafted a somewhat alternative to “13 Reason Why” by Jay Asher.  There was also a hint of “Mean Girls” by Micol Ostow tossed around in there. At least that is what I made of it.

While the events that unfolded where realistic, they where handle in a manner that was at best softly put. With just enough information to gather what happened without going into details of the events that plague the story. Which I found to be rather refreshing. It left just enough to make you hope for the best but expect the worst.

The metamorphosis of Dimah “Em” Emerson, was beautifully crafted. The way she changed throughout the nightmare she lived. The growth she had with the gentle nudge of Aron was endearing. Aron added the perfect umph to the story. Not being overbearing while also not standing on the sideline.

This is a heartbreaking story, that will leave you with questions of the roles of society from the jocks, the mean girls, school officials and friends. It hits on some pretty hard subjects so brace yourself for this. Because while the outcome is uplifting it could have easily turned the other way.




24 thoughts on “Novella Review: Not the End, Gianna Gabriela

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  1. YA is getting more and more intense, but this one sounds like it handles the conversations 13RW tried to start, but in a much more tactful way.


  2. Such a great review and reading this gets my interest to read this book and I am so intrigued of the things happen to all characters.


  3. Great review. This is definitely my kind of read. I’m especially interested in these kind of social dynamics like you mentioned – similar to that of Mean Girls or 13 Reasons Why. I would have to brace myself for sure, because heartbreaking stories are hard for me to get through (but I still love reading them).

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    1. I have to disagree. I found the show while yes disturbing also to open the doors for communications. The book is not as graphic as the TV show if that is your concern.


  4. Wow great review, this is the first time I heard about this book and it really looks and sounds absolutely a very emotional and amazing book. I am glad you enjoy this book fully, thank you so much for sharing your awesome post and for putting this book on my radar.


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