Needlework by Deirdre Sullivan

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I picked up Needlework on a whim in the last few weeks, and the day after Deirdre Sullivan was actually announced as an author for YALC. Now that i had her book, i figured it would be a great place to start my YALC TBR for this year and got straight in to reading Needlework.

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Big Bones by Laura Dockrill

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Big Bones is the first book i’ve read from Laura Dockrill. I’ve heard a lot about her work and wanted to read something by her for a long time. When Big Bones was released i thought this would be my perfect introduction in to her work. I was not wrong at all.  Continue reading

Clean by Juno Dawson

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*I was sent a copy of Clean by Juno Dawson in exchange for an honest review*
Juno is one of my favourite authors. I adore her writing and her characters and the daring aspects to her work. She pushes the boundaries of YA and that’s so refreshing to read, and definitely something i think younger YA readers are owed.

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Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard

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I read Sara Barnard’s second novel, A Quiet Kind Of Thunder in 2017, and it ended up being one of my favourite books of the year. I adored that there was something different to that teen romance story, and the fact that her writing was so easy to read and memorable. I fell in love with her writing style.

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Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan – Review

Title: Two Boys Kissing

Author: David Levithan

Genre: Contemporary, LGBTQ+

Publication Date: March 27th 2014

Publisher: Egmont

Pages: 256

Summary: The two boys kissing are Craig and Harry. They’re hoping to set the world record for the longest kiss. They’re not a couple, but they used to be.

Peter and Neil are a couple. Their kisses are different. Avery and Ryan have only just met and are trying to figure out what happens next. Cooper is alone. He’s not sure how he feels.

As the marathon progresses, these boys, their friends and families evaluate the changing nature of feelings, behaviour and this crazy thing called love under the watchful eyes of a Greek chorus of a generation of men lost to AIDS. David Levithan connects recent history with the present moment in a novel that is both a celebration of equality and a memorial to a lost generation.

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Moonrise by Sarah Crossan – Review

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Title: Moonrise

Author: Sarah Crossan

Genre: Poetry, Contemporary, YA, Verse

Publication Date: September 7th 2017

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Pages: 400

Summary: Joe hasn’t seen his brother for ten years, and it’s for the most brutal of reasons. Ed is on death row.

But now Ed’s execution date has been set, and Joe is determined to spend those last weeks with him, no matter what other people think …

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Noah Can’t Even by Simon James Green – Review

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Title: Noah Can’t Even

Author: Simon James Green

Genre: Coming of age, LGBTQ+, YA, Contemporary, Humour

Publication Date: May 4th 2017

Publisher: Scholastic

Pages: 320

Summary: Poor Noah Grimes! His father disappeared years ago, his mother’s Beyonce tribute act is an unacceptable embarrassment, and his beloved gran is no longer herself. He only has one friend, Harry, and school is… Well, it’s pure hell. Why can’t Noah be normal, like everyone else at school? Maybe if he struck up a romantic relationship with someone – maybe Sophie, who is perfect and lovely – he’d be seen in a different light? But Noah’s plans are derailed when Harry kisses him at a party. That’s when things go from bad to utter chaos.

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