The One Memory Of Flora Banks by Emily Barr – Review

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Title: The One Memory Of Flora Banks

Author: Emily Barr

Genre: Contemporary, YA, Adventure

Publication Date: January 12th 2017

Publisher: Penguin

Pages: 302

Summary: I look at my hands. One of them says FLORA BE BRAVE.

Flora has anterograde amnesia. She can’t remember anything day-to-day: the joke her friend made, the instructions her parents gave her, how old she is.

Then she kisses someone she shouldn’t, and the next day she remembers it. It’s the first time she’s remembered anything since she was ten.

But the boy is gone. She thinks he’s moved to the Arctic.

Will following him be the key to unlocking her memory? Who can she trust?

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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher – Review

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Title: Thirteen Reasons Why

Author: Jay Asher

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Mental Health

Publication Date: 6th August 2009

Publisher: Penguin

Pages: 286

Summary: Clay Jensen comes home from school to find outside his front door a mysterious box with his name on it. Inside he discovers a series of cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker – his classmate and crush. Only, she committed suicide two weeks earlier. On the first tape, Hannah explains that there are 13 reasons why she did what she did – and Clay is one of them. If he listens, Clay will find out how he got onto the list – what he hears will change his life forever.

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Top 5 Favourite Publishers

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This weeks top 5 Wednesday is about my favourite publishers. This is quite a strange thing for a top 5 Wednesday i think, as we usually think about the books that we’ve read and what did or didn’t like about them. This week i’ll be thinking about the publishing houses and what great books i think they produce. If you browse through your shelves often, you’ll notice that many of your favourite books are all from the same publishers. They generally have a set ‘type’ of novel they are looking for, and someone who often reads the same genre will be used to buying from the same publisher knowingly. As a bit of a creative writing nerd (i studied it at university), publishing houses intrigue me. Here are my favourite publishing houses.

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SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA BY BECKY ALBERTALLI REVIEW

Title: Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli

Genre: YA, Contemporary, LGBTQ+

Publication Date: 7th April 2015

Publisher: Penguin

Pages: 303

Summary: Straight people should have to come out too. And the more awkward it is, the better.

Simon Spier is sixteen and trying to work out who he is – and what he’s looking for.

But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls into the wrong hands, things get all kinds of complicated.

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BILLY AND ME BY GIOVANNA FLETCHER REVIEW

Title: Billy and Me

Author: Giovanna Fletcher

Genre: Chick-Lit, Contemporary, Romance

Publisher: Penguin

Publication Date: 23rd May 2013

Pages: 396

Summary: Sophie May has a secret.

One that she’s successfully kept for years. It’s meant that she’s had to give up her dreams of going to university and travelling the world to stay in her little village, living with her mum and working in the local teashop.

But then she meets the gorgeous Billy – an actor with ambitions to make it to the top. And when they fall in love, Sophie is whisked away from the comfort of her life into Billy’s glamorous – but ruthless – world.

Their relationship throws Sophie right into the spotlight after years of shying away from attention. Can she handle the constant scrutiny that comes with being with Billy? And most of all, is she ready for her secret heartbreak to be discovered and shared with the nation?

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Always With Love Pre-Order – 2nd June 2016

Giovanna Fletcher has already made a name for herself in the contemporary market with her novels Billy and Me, You’re The One That I Want and Dream A Little Dream. We are a contemporary blog, I love romance stories, and that means that Giovanna’s new release ‘Always With Love’ is right at the top of my anticipated books for this year list!

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THOUGHTS ON GIRL ONLINE, ZOELLA AND GHOST WRITING BOOKS!

I’ve never hidden the fact that I don’t have a great deal of respect for ridiculously famous YouTubers. Yes I watch YouTube and I even watch videos made by some of those that I don’t like admittedly. But I rarely choose to spend my money on their over-priced, irrelevant-to-career (can you call YouTube a career really?) merchandise. This means that all these books that are suddenly being released by YouTubers will most definitely not be making their way on to my shelf any time soon. Continue reading