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Goodbye Perfect – Sara Barnard (15+)

This was the last book I got to enjoy on my holiday, and I couldn’t have chosen better if I had tried. I loved Sara Barnard’s previous efforts and was therefore very excited by the prospect of her latest offering. She didn’t disappoint. “Goodbye Perfect” is beautifully written and very compelling with a very believable […]

Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables – Tim Harris (8+)

4 1/2 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is one of those gems that has wonderful dynamic characters, subtle lessons, total absurdity and a terrific plot. Not since Roald Dahl penned Matilda‘s Miss Honey have we seen such a REMARKABLE teacher. I want to meet Mr Bambuckle so he can get the best out […]

The Nowhere Girls – Amy Reed (15+)

Blown away. Absolutely amazing. I’ve literally carried this book around with me since I started it 24 hours ago. A page here, a paragraph there, there was literally no stopping me (and please keep in mind I’m a single mum with my own business and it’s four days to Christmas!). I had to read it […]

No Shame – Anne Cassidy (15+)

Whilst there is no need to read No Virgin, “No Shame” is its sequel. We continue Stacey’s journey after the rape in the first book to the trial and all that this includes. As with “No Virgin”, Anne Cassidy wrenched at my heart in “No Shame”, and whilst I wanted an ending tied up with […]

Tin Heart – Shivaun Plozza (13+)

Starting “Tin Heart” I was excited and nervous in equal measures. I adored Shivaun Plozza‘s book Frankie and I wanted so much for this novel to reach those heights too. Shivaun’s strong writing shines out of every page whilst we watch the protagonist Marlowe grow and blossom. As always her characters are all very strongly […]

George – Alex Gino (9+)

“George”. Wow. I’ve wanted to read this since I first saw it in 2015, and I finally managed to get my mitts on a copy. It didn’t take me long to read – it’s very simple middle fiction but with a huge message. “George” is the story of a girl (Melissa), who the world sees […]

Goodbye Days – Jeff Zentner (14+)

I LOVED this book. I couldn’t put it down. It is so well written and heartfelt that it wouldn’t suprise me if this exact situation hadn’t happened to Jeff in his teens. Carver is about to start senior year when his three best friends die in a car accident. The cause of the accident? A […]

The Original Ginny Moon – Benjamin Ludwig ( 14+)

The authenticity of Benjamin Ludwig’s writing stuck me immediately. Told in Ginny’s voice, I watched the story unfold through the eyes of this autistic teen and fell in love with her within pages. Ginny’s life is in turns heartbreaking and inspirational, and her story is unlocked as we progress through this beautifully written novel. Ginny’s […]

Vigilante – Kady Cross ( 16+)

I accidentally started reading this yesterday. I have my YA book club book to read for day 2 days time; I’m dead tired; I have Mom-stuff to do; work-stuff hanging over my head; plus a million other things. But after I took a sneak peak, I knew I’d be in for a late night (3am […]

The Boundless Sublime – Lili Wilkinson (14+)

This book is divine. Glorious. Heavenly. Majestic. Resplendent. Splendiferous. Splendorous. Super. Superb. Sublime. Lili Wilkinson has created a wonderful piece of prose, a fantastic believable plot, and intense characters. 17 year old Ruby is lost after a family tragedy and is finally “seen” by the angelic Fox. Unfortunately Fox is part of a possible cult […]

Frankie – Shivaun Plozza (14+)

“Frankie” has been in my reading tower for most of 2016. I’m so glad that it made it into my Christmas Holiday Reading Pile. What an absolutely fantastic story. Frankie is a very angry 17 year old; suspended indefinitely from school; abandoned at 4 by her mother; raised by her Auntie. Suddenly a previously unknown […]

How To Bee – Bren MacDibble (9+)

4 1/2 stars. I love when a book surprises me, and that’s exactly what “How To Bee” did. It’s a beautifully told tale set in the near future where bees are now extinct and children pollinate our plants. And although the world Peony lives in is extremely challenging, the novel is ultimately uplifting. As a […]

Goodbye Days (14+) – Jeff Zentner

I LOVED this book. I couldn’t put it down. It is so well written and heartfelt that it wouldn’t suprise me if this exact situation hadn’t happened to Jeff in his teens. Carver is about to start senior year when his three best friends die in a car accident. The cause of the accident? A […]

Dear Charlie – N.D Gomes (14+)

Every week (or so it seems) we hear about another mass shooting. We easily empathise with the families of those killed, we pray for them and we want answers. But what about the family of the person that did it? We either ignore them or blame them. Is that fair? “Dear Charlie” explores the aftermath […]

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B – Teresa Toten (13+)

I cried. Real tears. I loled. Actual laughter.  I couldn’t put it down. I knew going in that this book was a recommended read about mental health issues.  However, although OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder, of which anxiety is the root cause) is central to almost all the main characters, it’s really just a backdrop to […]