Publisher's Note:  

In Carmen Rita's savvy, scandalous, and wise new novel, four close friends who've earned the best of everything are forced to decide what they can afford to lose…

Cat, Magda, Gabi, and Luz. They've helped each other up the ladder with unshakable encouragement--and raw honesty--since forever. But lately, trouble is throwing everything these formidable women thought they knew into doubt. 

When outspoken Cat's high-flying T.V. career crashes and burns, she's got to figure out which dream she wants to keep alive the most--her own, or someone else's. 

Gorgeous venture capitalist Magda defied her traditional family to make her own way--in her personal life and her career--but an unexpected crisis could finally shatter her chance to resolve the past. 

As a therapist, sensitive, supportive Gabi has all the answers. But when her own world falls apart, can she turn her compassion--and her trademark tough love--on herself? 

And proud, wealthy Luz thought she knew everything about her upper-class family background--until a revelation she never saw coming threatens to be the one legacy she can't afford. 

Now all four women will have to face the truths that make them vulnerable and the failings that give them strength to discover who they really are--and what real happiness means.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Kensington Publishing

Never Too Real

by Carmen Rita

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Overall Review:  

Four friends. Four different narrators. No indication of who is narrating each chapter. This was a problem for me. I think I would have enjoyed this book much more if there were simply headers at the beginning of each chapter, telling me whose perspective I was reading. If this kind of thing bothers you, then beware. If not, proceed as you wish.

Never Too Real was just about what I expected it to be. A book about women and their everyday lives. It had a chick-lit feel about it, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. I'm from a small town, so I do enjoy reading books that are as good as gossip now and then.

As I mentioned, there are four main characters. None of them really stood out as one I could particularly relate to,so I read all of the chapters with the same amount of interest. 

This book definitely has a lot in it, even if at times it felt like I was reading an article about a celebrity in People magazine. From culture, to relationships, to sexual orientation--Carmen Rita left no stone unturned. For a debut book, Never Too Real isn't something I would anticipate to hit the bestseller list, but it won't hurt to give it a try.

Review of an Advance Reader Copy

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  3 religious exclamations; 4 mild obscenities; 1 derogatory names; 8 scatological words; 3 anatomical terms; 16 F-Word derivatives. 

Violence/Gore:  A loved one is mentioned to die from cancer. 

Sex/Nudity:  Pleasuring a man lover is mentioned; adults kiss; sexual innuendo and kissing between two women occurs; two women have sex in the nude in one brief scene.

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Mental illness, sexual identity, cheating on partner, homosexuality, suicidal thoughts, cancer.

Alcohol / Drug Use:  

Drug use; adults drink; pot use mentioned.

Reviewed By Lydia
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