I’d been looking forward to starting Starfish for a while and I am so, so glad I’ve read it now! It is absolutely amazing and brought me out of a bit of a reading slump. I think I needed something with heavier themes as I’ve been reading a lot of light stories lately and I wanted something with a bit more to it. This is Akemi Dawn Bowman’s first novel and honestly, what a debut to have. I can’t wait to read her future books. Continue reading
Title: Doing It
Author: Hannah Witton
Genre: Non-Fiction, Sex, Relationships
Publication Date: 6th April 2017
Publisher: Wren and Rook
Summary: Sexting. Virginity. Consent. The Big O … Let’s face it, doing it can be tricksy. I don’t know anyone (including myself) who has sex all figured out. So I’ve written a book full of honest, hilarious (and sometimes awkward) anecdotes, confessions and revelations. And because none of us have all the answers, I’ve invited some friends and fellow YouTubers to talk about their sexuality, too.
We talk about doing it safely. Doing it joyfully. Doing it when you’re ready. Not doing it. Basically, doing it the way you want, when you want. So. Let’s do this …
Author: Patrick Ness
Genre: YA, Social, LGBTQ+
Publication Date: May 4th 2017
Publisher: Walker Books
Summary: It’s Saturday, it’s summer and, although he doesn’t know it yet, everything in Adam Thorn’s life is going to fall apart. But maybe, just maybe, he’ll find freedom from the release. Time is running out though, because way across town, a ghost has risen from the lake…
I know Sarah has reviewed We Are Okay already (stick with me) but the point of our LGBTQ+ Book Club is for us both to review the book separately! Sarah reviewed it about a month ago so it has probably been a nice break for everyone to now read another take on it. Nina LaCour’s latest release was our first choice because we both love her past books and honestly we couldn’t bear to leave We Are Okay waiting for months on our bookshelves! On with the details and review…
Title: We Are Okay
Author: Nina LaCour
Genre: YA, Contemporary, LGBTQ+
Publication Date: 14th February 2017
Summary: Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart. Continue reading
Title: Milk and Honey
Author: Rupi Kaur
Genre: Adult, Poetry, Feminism
Publication Date: November 5th 2015
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Summary: The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose; deals with a different pain; heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.
As some of you may know, book club started a few weeks ago. The first book that we decided to share with everyone is We Are Okay by Nina LaCour. Both me and Sophie have enjoyed LaCour’s previous works, and could not wait to get around to reading her latest release…meaning it’s book club pick of the month! As an added book club bonus, it made sense that we both wrote reviews of the books we are reading, giving each of our views on the same book. Considering book clubs are about talking about books, why not? I finished We Are Okay before Sophie so my review will come first. I hope you’re enjoying book club and enjoying the first read!
Title: The Drowning of Arthur Braxton
Author: Caroline Smailes
Genre: Contemporary, Literary Fiction, Magical Realism
Publication Date: April 11th 2013
Summary: Arthur Braxton has had enough. His mum has left, his dad is broken and he’s the laughing stock of his high school. But things are about to change. When Arthur runs away and shelters in an old abandoned bathhouse, he sees a naked woman.