Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Book Review: J.L. Campbell's Distraction

I mentioned last week I would be posting my book review for Distraction by J.L. Campbell.  I'm unbelievably excited to discuss this incredible, all-consuming tale about friendship, love and betrayal.  Distraction features three Jamaican females who go through their adulthood, dealing with their own personal trials and tribulations.  It wonderfully intertwines the lives of  Justine, Dionne and Kyra so that the reader gets a front seat into their distracted lives.
There were three aspects to this novel that kept me pondering it for weeks if not a month after I read it.  Those aspects were friendship, real-life drama and consequences and perseverance!  

Justine, Dionne and Kyra are close-knit friends who meet often to bond and even vent about their lives.  Their unconditional friendship was the first aspect I enjoyed.  In life, it's often challenging to find friends that will accept you despite your faults.  And trust me, these women had their faults, but was most refreshing was their willingness to support each other regardless of their life choices.  And isn't that what friends are for?     

Real-life Drama & Consequences
All three of these women are uniquely flawed not only by their circumstances, but their decision-making.  As the reader, we get the birds-eye view how their situations evolved due to lying, infidelity and sadly physical and emotional abuse.  Not everyone deals with these issues in their everyday life, but unfortunately most of us know someone that is dealing with it right now.  There were somber moments within this book that were griping.  Justine, Dionne and Kyra like TNT know drama and WOW was it intense.  

There's something to be said for the three heroines that persevered during adverse times.  They each had to find strength to deal with their personal lives and eventually move forward.  Justine was locked in a loveless marriage and between her and her husband, they both had far too many secrets to hide.  Dionne and Kyra let their finances rule them which in return left for some incredible drama.  All three were distracted by something that led them astray, albeit loneliness or financial reasons or just plain stupidity.  In the end, their perseverance prevailed.

If your looking for something different to add to your book shelf or Kindle this summer, check out J.L. Campbell's Distraction.  It was easily a 4 for me.  For those that don't know Book 2 in the series is called Retribution and I got a sneak peak at it too.  And boy was it goooooood!  Can't wait!    

Stay tuned tomorrow as the Distraction tour stops here at my blog!  Woot!  

Mina B.


David P. King said...

Awesome review. Not the genre I typically pick up and read, but your review piqued my interest. :)

michelle said...

Your review is a winner!! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of the book! I'll be back tomorrow to check out the post.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hey, I know that author!

Morgan said...

Thanks for this, Mina... I would've never discovered this without this fab review! ;)

mshatch said...

Like Dave I don't read too much adult contemporary but your review - as well as some others I've read - have made me put it on my tbr list. Thanks :)

Unknown said...


Thanks for taking time to post your thoughts on the book.

It's always an interesting experience to look at how others see my work and the thoughts they take away after reading.

Unknown said...

Great review, Mina! It sounds like a very powerful book.

Peaches Ledwidge said...

Mina, an outstanding review. You've put everything into focus. Campbell shows instead of telling and leaves enough room for the reader to see the story dynamics.

I hosted Campbell too.

Marsha Pope said...

Please tell me where I can get retribution (book 2 of distraction) I cant find it anywhere on amazon... help I need to find out what happened between Xavier. And Justine after he saw his son Emile.