The Best Biographical Literary Fiction Reviews From BookViral

"A remarkable debut with a gripping and emotional storyline"

Biographical Literary Fiction

Recommend  for the coveted BookViral Crimson Quill. To make your recommendation simply click on the award badge below..…. 

  • ASIN: ‎ B0CW1HV3QY
  • Publisher: ‎ Janna Brooke Wallack (March 9, 2024)
  • Publication date: ‎ March 9, 2024
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Print length: ‎ 352 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN: ‎ B0CWKWK2ZX
  • Genre:   Biographical Literary Fiction


The BookViral Review:

“Wallack’s writing is evocative and lyrical, with a keen eye for detail and a deep empathy for her characters”

“Naked Girl” by Janna Brooke Wallack is a novel that intricately weaves the story of a young girl navigating the complexities of a tumultuous family life. Set against the backdrop of 1970s and 1980s America, the novel follows the protagonist, Sienna, and her brother Siddhartha, as they grow up under the chaotic influence of their father, Jackson, and the ghostly absence of their mother, who died tragically young.

Wallack’s novel is structured into five parts, each detailing different phases of Sienna and Siddhartha’s lives. The story begins with a poignant prologue that sets the tone, revealing Sienna’s possession of five photos of her mother, three of which are naked, symbolizing the fragmented and raw memories she holds. This initial glimpse into Sienna’s world immediately hooks the reader, promising a narrative that is both deeply personal and universally relatable.

Wallack’s character development is one of the strongest aspects of “Naked Girl.” Sienna is portrayed as a resilient yet vulnerable young girl, struggling to make sense of her world. Her brother, Siddhartha, is depicted as a brilliant yet troubled child, their father’s “masterpiece,” whose innocence and genius are slowly eroded by the chaotic environment they are forced to navigate. Jackson, their father, is a quintessentially flawed character—charismatic and loving, yet irresponsible and destructive.

Wallack’s writing is evocative and lyrical, with a keen eye for detail and a deep empathy for her characters. Her prose captures the rawness of Sienna’s experiences, from the visceral memories of her mother to the chaotic adventures instigated by her father. The narrative is punctuated with moments of poignancy and humor, creating a balanced and engaging read.

The main appeal of Wallack’s novel will likely lie in its vivid character portrayals and its ability to evoke a strong emotional response from the reader. Wallack’s depiction of the sibling bond between Sienna and Siddhartha is particularly touching, highlighting their mutual dependence and unwavering loyalty and whilst the stark depiction of drug use, sexual content, and family dysfunction might be uncomfortable for some audiences, these elements are integral to the story’s authenticity and impact.

For readers seeking a powerful and thought provoking novel that combines rich character development with a gripping and emotional storyline, “Naked Girl” is an excellent choice. It is a remarkable debut that stays with the reader long after the final page and promises more great works from Wallack in the future. It is an unreservedly recommended Golden Quill read.


Recommended Book Reviews
In The BookViral Spotlight

International suspense novels

International suspense novels

A powerful and poignant read that oozes suspense The American Visa’s cumulative emotional power resides in its ability to bring reality to life without reducing it to just another generic story.

Read More »

Author Publishing Tips & Recommended Book Reviews

Author Publishing Tips
Editorial Team

Why We Love Superheroes & Reading About Them

In our quest for an answer to the question ‘’Why do we love Superheroes?’’, we wanted to gain the perspective of ‘’we’’- the humans, and the psychology behind why we are drawn to these recognisable but otherworldly creatures.

Read More »
Fiction and immortality
Author Blogs
Editorial Team

Life and Death – living forever.

We are constantly and enduringly fascinated with fictional accounts of parallel existence, alternative realities and genetic engineering. Films such as ‘The Fountain’ present immortality as attainable, whilst books such as ‘The Book Thief’ (Markus Zusak) explore the nature of death, in this case by death himself acting as narrator.

Read More »
How the Pandemic Has Influenced Reading & Literary Trends1
Author Blogs
Editorial Team

How the Pandemic Has Influenced Reading & Literary Trends

The Covid-19 pandemic has influenced our consumption of media in a variety of ways. From every new Netflix original being crowned its ‘best ever’, to cinema releases being consistently pushed back, stay at home orders have resulted in us engaging with media differently.

Read More »

Book Reviews That Readers Trust.

From humble beginnings in 2002 as a book review club BookViral has grown to become the first choice in book reviews for authors around the world and one of the biggest book review sites on the web. BookViral reaches millions of potential readers through best practice SEO and a trusted social media presence ensuring readers get unbiased, critical recommendations they can trust. 

BookViral also offers a full suite of author services, including, book editing services for unpublished and self-published authors, website design and bespoke SEO that help authors get discovered by more potential readers as well as industry influencers, such as publishers, agents and film executives. 

© Copyright 2019 BookViral Reviews. All Rights Reserved.