BEDM: Spot The Difference by Juno Dawson – Review

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Title: Spot The Difference

Author: Juno Dawson

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Short Story

Publication Date: 26th Feburary 2016

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Pages: 85

Summary: Avery has always suffered at the hands of bullies, so when she’s given a seemingly-miraculous opportunity to join the ‘A-list’ she grabs at it with both hands. But appearances can be deceiving, and soon Avery’s not so sure she likes this new version of herself. And it’s only by overcoming her fears that she can learn the true meaning of being comfortable in your own skin.

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MR JOLLY BY MICHAEL STEWART REVIEW

Author: Michael Stewart

Genre: Short Stories, Collection, Fiction

Publisher: Valley Press

Publication Date: 25th February 2016

Pages: 160

Summery :  ‘Mr Jolly’ is the first collection of short stories by Michael Stewart, and contains some of the award-winning novelist’s most extraordinary writing to date. Each tale offers a unique, utterly compelling insight into the human condition, framed by a mind-bendingly original concept that no other writer working today could – or indeed would – have concocted. Readers will meet a conformity-obsessed league of bald men, breaking into homes for an extended debate about the nature of freedom; discuss the nomenclature of the marshmallow with a man whose interest in them goes beyond the norm; and meet God, in perhaps the most frustratingly accurate depiction of the divine being in modern literature. Last phone calls, alien abductions, murders and more are grounded in stories of struggling parents, baffled lovers and lost children (some of whom may live permanently on the number 606 bus). However long you live, and however much you read, you’ll never find another book quite like this.

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THE GROWNUP BY GILLIAN FLYNN REVIEW

Title: The Grownup

Author: Gillian Flynn

Genre: Short Story, Supernatural, contemporary

Publisher: W&N

Publication Date: November 5th 2015

Pages: 96

Summery : A young woman is making a living faking it as a cut-price psychic (with some illegal soft-core sex work on the side). She makes a decent wage mostly by telling people what they want to hear. But then she meets Susan Burke.

Susan moved to the city one year ago with her husband and 15-year-old stepson Miles. They live in a Victorian house called Carterhook Manor. Susan has become convinced that some malevolent spirit is inhabiting their home. The young woman doesn’t believe in exorcism or the supernatural. However when she enters the house for the first time, she begins to feel it too, as if the very house is watching her, waiting, biding its time.

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