HOLD STILL BY NINA LACOUR REVIEW

Title: Hold Still

Author: Nina LaCour

Genre: YA, Romance

Pages: 229

Publisher: Speak

Publication Date: 5th October 2010

Summary: In the wake of her best friend Ingrid’s suicide, Caitlin is left alone, struggling to find hope and answers. When she finds the journal Ingrid left behind for her, she begins a journey of understanding and broadening her horizons that leads her to new friendships and first love. Nina LaCour brings the changing seasons of Caitlin’s first year without Ingrid to life with emotion, honesty, and captivating writing.

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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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HIGHLY ILLOGICAL BEHAVIOUR BY JOHN COREY WHALEY REVIEW

Title: Highly Illogical Behaviour

Author: John Corey Whaley

Genre: YA, Mental Health, Contemporary, LGBTQ+

Publisher: Faber & Faber

Publication Date: 26th may 2016

Pages: 250

Summary: Sixteen year old Solomon has agoraphobia. He hasn’t left his house in three years, which is fine by him. At home, he is the master of his own kingdom–even if his kingdom doesn’t extend outside of the house.

Ambitious Lisa desperately wants to go to a top tier psychiatry program. She’ll do anything to get in.

When Lisa finds out about Solomon’s solitary existence, she comes up with a plan sure to net her a scholarship: befriend Solomon. Treat his condition. And write a paper on her findings. To earn Solomon’s trust, Lisa begins letting him into her life, introducing him to her boyfriend Clark, and telling him her secrets. Soon, Solomon begins to open up and expand his universe. But all three teens have grown uncomfortably close, and when their facades fall down, their friendships threaten to collapse as well.

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Top 5 Inaccurate Book Covers

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One of the worst things that a book lover can come across is the extremely inaccurate book covers. By this, I mean the book covers that just don’t match up to the story inside them. This usually works two ways. One being that the cover is god awful, you don’t want to pick it up but find out that the story inside is incredible. And the second being that the cover of the book is so intriguing and  beautiful that you have to pick the book up, and it’s absolutely shocking inside. Here are my top 5 very inaccurate book covers.

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Top 5 Books I Want To Read By The End Of The Year

Every year i set myself the goal of books that i want to get read before the end of the year, does it ever work out that way? Of course it doesn’t! This year i’ve had (once again) a clear idea of what i wanted to get read before the end of the year, some of it i’ve stuck to so far, and some of it i haven’t. This weeks Top 5 Wednesday is the top 5 books that i want to get read before the end of the year. Hopefully once this has gone up and public i might actually stick to it!

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Finding Time To Read

One of my really big struggles as a reader is finding the time to actually sit down and read. Which really is the biggest problem a reader could come across. But sometimes things get in the way of reading, like school, work and Netflix. I’ve pulled together some helpful tips about finding the time to actually read a book.

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Top 5 First Sentences

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Another week, another top 5 Wednesday! The theme this week is favourite first sentences of a book and as someone obsessed with quotes, I have been really excited to write this! Much like a first impression of a person, a lot can be said about the first impression a book gives you. The starting sentences are important – for me, I like to see how the character and their personality is shown to us. Here are some of my personal favourites.  Continue reading