The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe, & Endometriosis Awareness Month


A slick, twisty YA page-turner about the daughter of a con artist who is taken hostage in a bank heist.

Nora O’Malley’s been a lot of girls. As the daughter of a con-artist who targets criminal men, she grew up as her mother’s protégé. But when mom fell for the mark instead of conning him, Nora pulled the ultimate con: escape.

For five years Nora’s been playing at normal. But she needs to dust off the skills she ditched because she has three problems:

#1: Her ex walked in on her with her girlfriend. Even though they’re all friends, Wes didn’t know about her and Iris.

#2: The morning after Wes finds them kissing, they all have to meet to deposit the fundraiser money they raised at the bank. It’s a nightmare that goes from awkward to deadly, because:

#3: Right after they enter bank, two guys start robbing it.

The bank robbers may be trouble, but Nora’s something else entirely. They have no idea who they’re really holding hostage…


This novel certainly delivers intrigue and action. The pacing and plot unfold in a fascinating rhythm of present day action and riveting flashbacks. The characters are well-drawn and complex and their relationships add to the interest of an already fascinating story of hostages and banks robbers. As an adult I found this contemporary YA/New Adult novel held my attention from start to finish.

I enjoyed little touches/ attention to detail from the author, and the inclusion of a character who has endometriosis. In particular, I appreciated that the person suffering an endometriosis flare up during the unfolding of the story was not relegated to being the weakest link and remains a strong character who is pivotal to the plot.

I would happily read more from Tess Sharpe, and think readers of YA thrillers would enjoy this book.

In my YouTube video, I provide a review of the book – and at the 7 minute mark provide a highlight on Endometriosis Awareness Month.

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