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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BEDM: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon Review

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Author: Nicola Yoon

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 345

Publisher: Corgi Childrens

Publication Date: 3rd November 2016

Summary: Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

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BEDM: Blurred Lines of YA

This post actually came to me when me and Sophie were having a little bit of a rant about YA and in particular a very popular YA novel. It came to me just how blurred the lines of YA are. What’s acceptable in YA novels and what’s not and most importantly, what the ages of the protagonists are.

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BEDM: YA Tropes I Like and Hate

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I think this is something we all have. You start to read a book and you see a trope start to happen and the more you read, the more it starts falling into all the stereotypes. Sometimes, it’s great because it’s one you love, be it a guilty pleasure or not. Other times, you have to stop yourself rolling your eyes in annoyance of it. Most of the ones I like are with conditions and it has to be done well. Here are some of my favourites and least favourites!  Continue reading

BEDM: Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn – Review

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Title: Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Author: David Levithan & Rachel Cohn

Genre: YA, Contemporary

Publication Date: August 2007

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Pages: 183

Summary: Nick and Norah are both suffering from broken hearts. So when Nick sees the girl who dumped him walk in with a new guy he asks the strange girl next to him to be his girlfriend for the next five minutes.

Norah would do anything to avoid conversation with the not-friend girl who dumped Nick, and get over the Evil Ex whom Norah never quite broke up with. And so she agrees.

What follows is an epic first date between two people who are just trying to figure out who they want to be – and where the next great band is playing.

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BEDM: My Conflicting Thoughts on Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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fangirlI updated this a little on our blog twitter and on my own personal one too. However I really needed to do a post to air all this out. I started reading Fangirl because everyone was talking about it (still! A few years after publication!) so I thought it must be amazing. I’d definitely say it’s one of the most well loved YA books of our generation. Continue reading

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour Review (Sophie)

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I know Sarah has reviewed We Are Okay already (stick with me) but the point of our LGBTQ+ Book Club is for us both to review the book separately! Sarah reviewed it about a month ago so it has probably been a nice break for everyone to now read another take on it. Nina LaCour’s latest release was our first choice because we both love her past books and honestly we couldn’t bear to leave We Are Okay waiting for months on our bookshelves! On with the details and review…

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Author: Nina LaCour

Genre: YA, Contemporary, LGBTQ+

Publisher: Dutton 

Publication Date: 14th February 2017 

Pages: 234

Summary: Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart. Continue reading