(This is a review from December 2019)
As you might know from my previous blog post, i’ve been really in to rom-com’s and contemporary novels at the moment. Light and easy reads that make your heart happy. I decided amongst that thought to pick up the newly released 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston. A festive read full of promising contemporary cute moments.
It felt like everyone in the world was talking about Turtles All The Way Down before it’s very dramatic release recently. Without a doubt, it was one of the biggest things to happen in YA in the last few months, and everyone seemed to be picking it up as soon as it hit the shelves.
Title: Alex Approximately
Author: Jenn Bennett
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: 4th April 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s UK
Summary: Bailey “Mink” Rydell has met the boy of her dreams. They share a love of films and talk all day – Alex is perfect. Well, apart from the fact that they’ve never actually met . . . and neither of them knows the other’s real name.
When Bailey moves to sunny California to live with her dad, who happens to live in the same town as Alex, she decides to track him down. But finding someone based on online conversations alone proves harder than Bailey thought, and with her irritating but charismatic (and potentially attractive?) colleague Porter Roth distracting her at every turn, will she ever get to meet the mysterious Alex?
Title: The Girl In Between
Author: Sarah Carroll
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Family, Social Issues
Publication Date: 4th May 2017
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children’s
Summary: In an old, abandoned mill, a girl and her ma take shelter from their memories of life on the streets. To the girl it’s home, her safe place, the Castle. But as her ma spins out of control and the Authorities move ever closer, the girl finds herself trapped – stuck in the crumbling mill with only the ghosts of the past for company.
Can she move on before it’s too late?
It’s come to the end of the second month for our second book of Book Club! For the last two months we’ve been reading Girl Hearts Girl by Lucy Sutcliffe. Our next book starts on the 1st of July, (we’ll reveal that at the end of the post) so make sure you get your hands on it to join in our read-along for that one! Also don’t forget to use the hashtag #TLCCBookClub on Twitter to let us know you’re reading along!
Title: Girl Hearts Girl
Author: Lucy Sutcliffe
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir, LGBTQ+
Publication Date: June 24th 2016
Summary: Lucy always knew that her idea of Prince Charming was different to that of other girls…
And then she meets Kaelyn online – and everything starts to make sense. Could her Prince Charming be a girl?
An inspiring and uplifting memoir about falling in love and finding yourself.
Title: The Next Together
Author: Lauren James
Genre: YA, Dystopian, Sci-Fi
Publication date: 3rd September 2015
Publisher: Walker Books
Summary: Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again. Each time their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated. How many times can you lose the person you love? For Matthew and Katherine it is again and again, over and over, century after century. But why do they keep coming back? How many times must they die to save the world? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace? Maybe the next together will be different.
Author: Harriet Lane
Genre: Psychological Thriller, Thriller, Contemporary
Publication Date: 1st January 2015
Pages: 256 pages
Summery : Two women; two different worlds.
Emma is a struggling mother who has put everything on hold.
Nina is sophisticated and independent – entirely in control.
When the pair meet, Nina generously draws Emma into her life. But this isn’t the first time the women’s paths have crossed. Nina remembers Emma and she remembers what Emma did.
But what exactly does Nina want from her?
And how far will she go in pursuit of it?