We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan – Review

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Title: We Come Apart

Author: Sarah Crossan & Brian Conaghan

Genre: YA, Poetry, Contemporary

Publication Date: February 9th 2017

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Pages: 320

Summary: Jess would never have looked twice at Nicu if her friends hadn’t left her in the lurch. Nicu is all big eyes and ill-fitting clothes, eager as a puppy, even when they’re picking up litter in the park for community service. He’s so not her type. Appearances matter to Jess. She’s got a lot to hide. Nicu thinks Jess is beautiful. His dad brought Nicu and his mum here for a better life, but now all they talk about is going back home to find Nicu a wife. The last thing Nicu wants is to get married. He wants to get educated, do better, stay here in England. But his dad’s fists are the most powerful force in Nicu’s life, and in the end, he’ll have to do what his dad wants. As Nicu and Jess get closer, their secrets come to the surface like bruises. The only safe place they have is with each other. But they can’t be together, forever, and stay safe – can they?

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SKYSCRAPING BY CORDELIA JENSEN REVIEW

Title: Skyscraping

Author: Cordelia Jensen

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Verse

Publisher: Philomel Books

Publication Date: 2nd June 2015

Pages: 352

Summary: A heartrending, bold novel in verse about family, identity, andforgiveness
Mira is just beginning her senior year of high school when she discovers her father with his male lover. Her world and everything she thought she knew about her family is shattered instantly. Unable to comprehend the lies, betrayal, and secrets that unbeknownst to Mira have come to define and keep intact her family s existence, Mira distances herself from her sister and closest friends as a means of coping. But her father s sexual orientation isn t all he’s kept hidden. A shocking health scare brings to light his battle with HIV. As Mira struggles to make sense of the many fractures in her family’s fabric and redefine her wavering sense of self, she must find a way to reconnect with her dad while there is still time.

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