BEDM: Spot The Difference by Juno Dawson – Review

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Title: Spot The Difference

Author: Juno Dawson

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Short Story

Publication Date: 26th Feburary 2016

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Pages: 85

Summary: Avery has always suffered at the hands of bullies, so when she’s given a seemingly-miraculous opportunity to join the ‘A-list’ she grabs at it with both hands. But appearances can be deceiving, and soon Avery’s not so sure she likes this new version of herself. And it’s only by overcoming her fears that she can learn the true meaning of being comfortable in your own skin.

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THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR BY NICOLA YOON REVIEW

Title: The Sun Is Also A Star

Author: Nicola Yoon

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 345

Publisher: Corgi Childrens

Publication Date: 3rd November 2016

Summary: Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

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The Christmasarus by Tom Fletcher

Tom Fletcher seems like the man of many (many) talents at the moment. He started his career as a musician, he then became an author of childrens picture books, an author of a childrens novel…which then went in to production for a movie…which now is a stage show! There is literally no end to his talents, and it all started with the humble Christmasaurus.

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Waterstones ‘Book Of The Year’ Short List

Waterstones have finally released their ‘Book Of The Year’ short list for 2016. I’ve been eagerly awaiting this list, wondering what books would grace the prestigious list this year. If you’re unaware, the bookseller Waterstones announce their ‘Book Of The Year’ towards the end of each year. These are the books that have sold the best, have the greatest reviews, and are the most loved. They are also some of the books that have had the biggest impact in the past year. The winner will be announced on December the 1st. Here is the short list:

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UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES BY LOUISE GORNALL REVIEW

Title: Under Rose-Tainted Skies

Author: Louise Gornall

Genre: Romance, Contemporary, YA

Publisher: Chicken House

Publication date: 7th July 2016

Pages: 271

Summary: Agoraphobia confines Norah to the house she shares with her mother. For her, the outside is sky glimpsed through glass, or a gauntlet to run between home and car. But a chance encounter on the doorstep changes everything: Luke, her new neighbour. Norah is determined to be the girl she thinks Luke deserves: a ‘normal’ girl, her skies unfiltered by the lens of mental illness. Instead, her love and bravery opens a window to unexpected truths …

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ON THE OTHER SIDE BY CARRIE HOPE FLETCHER REVIEW

Title: On The Other Side

Author: Carrie Hope Fletcher

Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Publication date: 14th July 2016

Publisher: Sphere

Pages: 352

Summary: Your soul is too heavy to pass through this door,
Leave the weight of the world in the world from before

Evie Snow is eighty-two when she quietly passes away in her sleep, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. It’s the way most people wish to leave the world but when Evie reaches the door of her own private heaven, she finds that she’s become her twenty seven- year-old self and the door won’t open. Evie’s soul must be light enough to pass through so she needs to get rid of whatever is making her soul heavy. For Evie, this means unburdening herself of the three secrets that have weighed her down for over fifty years, so she must find a way to reveal them before it’s too late. As Evie begins the journey of a lifetime, she learns more about life and love than she ever thought possible, and somehow , some way, she may also find her way back to her long lost love…

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YOU KNOW ME WELL BY NINA LACOUR AND DAVID LEVITHAN REVIEW

Title: You Know Me Well

Author: Nina LaCour and David Levithan

Genre: YA, LGBT, Contemporary

Publisher: MacMillan

Publication Date: 2nd of June 2016

Pages: 249

Summary: Who knows you well? Your best friend? Your boyfriend or girlfriend? A stranger you meet on a crazy night? No one, really?

Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed.

That is until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way.

When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other — and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more.

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