It only took one moment of weakness for Laney Keating’s world to fall apart. One stupid gesture for a hopeless crush. Then the rumors began. Slut, they called her. Queer. Psycho. Mentally ill, messed up, so messed up even her own mother decided she wasn’t worth sticking around for.
If Laney could erase that whole year, she would. College is her chance to start with a clean slate.
She’s not looking for new friends, but they find her: charming, handsome Armin, the only guy patient enough to work through her thorny defenses—and fiery, filterless Blythe, the bad girl and partner in crime who has thorns of her own.
But Laney knows nothing good ever lasts. When a ghost from her past resurfaces—the bully who broke her down completely—she decides it’s time to live up to her own legend. And Armin and Blythe are going to help.
Which was the plan all along.
Because the rumors are true. Every single one. And Laney is going to show them just how true.
Delaney gives us a vengeful journey filled with pain and desire to be her true self. Her darkness spoke to my dark parts, which made me feel whole and relatable. The deceit Laney experienced, the amazing descriptions Leah gives of her thoughts and emotions made it impossible not to be one with Laney. Everyone has some Black Iris in them. Maybe they keep it in hiding, maybe they accept it with open arms but it’s there and what “it is” is strong and powerful and part of you. We go through life wanting people to love and accept us for who we are…every part of us. Not judge or discriminate because of “what” we are or are not. This is Delaney’s journey and I’m grateful to have traveled it with her. Give this a try and accept your Black Iris! Rating: 5 stars
Leah Raeder is a writer and unabashed nerd. Aside from reading her brains out, she enjoys graphic design, video games, fine whiskey, and the art of self-deprecation. She lives with her very own manic pixie dream boy in Chicago.