Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

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It’s taken me a very long time to finally pick up Orbiting Jupiter. I bought my copy last year at YALC and was determined to read it straight away as it’s short and heard incredible things about it. That clearly didn’t happen as i’m only just reviewing it now.

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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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THE WEIGHT OF WATER BY SARAH CROSSAN REVIEW

Title: The Weight Of Water

Author: Sarah Crossan

Genre: YA, Contemporary.

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Publication Date: 3rd January 2013

Pages: 224

Summary: Armed with a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother head for England. Life is lonely for Kasienka. At home her mother’s heart is breaking and at school friends are scarce. But when someone special swims into her life, Kasienka learns that there might be more than one way for her to stay afloat.

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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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THE 100 BY KASS MORGAN REVIEW

Title: The 100

Author: Kass Morgan

Genre: Dystopian, YA, Romance, Action.

Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks

Publication date: 29th August 2013

Pages: 323

Summary: Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth’s radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents – considered expendable by society – are being sent on a dangerous mission: to re-colonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life…or it could be a suicide mission.

CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she’s haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor’s son, came to Earth for the girl he loves – but will she ever forgive him Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.

Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind’s last hope.

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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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FLAWED BY CECELIA AHERN REVIEW

Title: Flawed

Author: Cecelia Ahern

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Dystopian 

Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books

Publication Date: 24th March 2016

Pages: 416

Summary : Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation in which she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found FLAWED.

In this stunning novel, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society in which perfection is paramount and mistakes are punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.

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