Alex Approximately by Jenn Bennett – Review

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Title: Alex Approximately

Author: Jenn Bennett

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Publication Date: 4th April 2017

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s UK

Pages: 389

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?

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A Quiet Kind Of Thunder by Sara Barnard – Review

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Author: Sara Barnard

Genre: YA, Contemporary

Publication Date: 12th January 2017

Publisher: Macmillian Children’s Books

Pages: 307

Summary: Steffi doesn’t talk.
Rhys can’t hear.
They understand each other perfectly.
Love isn’t always a lightning strike. Sometimes it’s the rumbling roll of thunder…

Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life – she’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to look after him. To Rhys it doesn’t matter that Steffi doesn’t talk and, as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she’s falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it.

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My Most Recommended Books

In this post, i’m going to give you guys a list of all the books that i recommend the most to people. I mean this blog is full of my ‘winter recommendations’, ‘summer recommendations’ and ‘Christmas recommendations’, so these probably will not be much of a surprise. But these are the books that i constantly push upon people and make them read them, therefore, you probably should too!

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ASKING FOR IT BY LOUISE O’NEILL REVIEW

Title: Asking For It

Author: Louise O’Neill

Genre: YA, New Adult, Contemporary, Feminism

Pages: 340

Publisher: RiverRun

Publication Date: 3rd September 2015

Summary: In a small town where everyone knows everyone, Emma O’Donovan is different. She is the special one – beautiful, popular, powerful. And she works hard to keep it that way.

Until that night . . .

Now, she’s an embarrassment. Now, she’s just a slut. Now, she is nothing.

And those pictures – those pictures that everyone has seen – mean she can never forget.

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ATTACHMENTS BY RAINBOW ROWELL REVIEW

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Author: Rainbow Rowell

Genre: Chick-lit, Contemporary, Romance 

Publication date: May 12th 2011

Publisher: Orion 

Pages: 357

Summary: It’s 1999 and for the staff of one newspaper office, the internet is still a novelty. By day, two young women, Beth and Jennifer, spend their hours emailing each other, discussing in hilarious detail every aspect of their lives, from love troubles to family dramas. And by night, Lincoln, a shy, lonely IT guy spends his hours reading every exchange.

At first their emails offer a welcome diversion, but as Lincoln unwittingly becomes drawn into their lives, the more he reads, the more he finds himself falling for one of them. By the time Lincoln realizes just how head-over-heels he really is, it’s way too late to introduce himself. What would he say to her? ‘Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mails – and also, I think I love you’.

After a series of close encounters, Lincoln decides it’s time to muster the courage to follow his heart…and find out whether there really is such a thing as love before first-sight.

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Mental Health Awareness Day

Today (10th October 2016) is Mental Health Awareness Day. This is a day in order to raise awareness for those health issues that cannot necessarily always be seen. Mental health can range from anything from Anxiety or Depression to Schizophrenia. All of these illnesses are just as important as physical disabilities, and they always need more attention as they are such a taboo topic (shamefully). As it is MHAD, i wanted to collect together some books that i think deal with the mental health topic quite well. Here’s a little list of my favourites in case you would like to learn a little more about mental health in fiction.

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