Review: No Virgin by Anne Cassidy

no virgin.jpgTitle: No Virgin
Author: Anne Cassidy
Publisher: Hot Key Books
UK Release Date: 3rd November 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 183
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

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Trigger warning: sexual assault, rape.

From the author of the critically acclaimed, LOOKING FOR JJ, shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize in 2004 and the Carnegie Medal in 2005.

My name is Stacey Woods and I was raped.

Stacey is the victim of a terrible sexual attack. She does not feel able to go to the police, or talk about it to anybody other than her best friend, Patrice. Patrice, outraged, when she cannot persuade her to go to the police, encourages Stacey to write everything down. This is Stacey’s story.

A tautly told and important book, perfect for readers of Asking for It by Louise O’Neill.

I’ve read so many Anne Cassidy books over the years, and so when this book came out last November I was very keen to read it. I only just got around to it in more recent months, but when I did it really didn’t take long at all, as the book is less than 200 pages long, and so I raced through it in an afternoon. Although the overall message was good, I wasn’t massively impressed by the book.

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Review: We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

we-come-apartTitle: We Come Apart
Author: Brian Conaghan and Sarah Crossan
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s
UK Release Date: 9th February 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Poetry
Pages: 336
Format: Hardback
Source: Library

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From two acclaimed authors comes an emotional story told in verse about friendship, love, and overcoming unbeatable odds.

Authors Brian Conaghan and Sarah Crossan have joined forces to tell the story of Nicu and Jess, two troubled teens whose paths cross in the unlikeliest of places.

Nicu has emigrated from Romania and is struggling to find his place in his new home. Meanwhile, Jess’s home life is overshadowed by violence. When Nicu and Jess meet, what starts out as friendship grows into romance as the two bond over their painful pasts and hopeful futures. But will they be able to save each other, let alone themselves?

For fans of Una LaMarche’s Like No Other, this illuminating story told in dual points of view through vibrant verse will stay with readers long after they’ve turned the last page.

I was very excited when I was browsing in my local library and came across this book, especially seeing as it came out this year (yay for the library ordering in lots of lovely new books!), as I’ve enjoyed books by both Brian Conaghan and Sarah Crossan before. While it didn’t quite live up to my expectations (which were admittedly pretty high), I still enjoyed it a fair bit, and it was nice to read a novel in verse form again.

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Blog Tour: Noah Can’t Even – Embarrassing Moments

At the end of last month, I talked about how Noah Can’t Even, Simon James Green’s debut, was coming out earlier this month. Since then, I’ve read it and it was absolutely hilarious – if you’re looking for something to lift your mood or bring on some laughter, I would definitely recommend this book! I’m really excited to be participating today in the blog tour for this book today, with a guest post from Simon.

Here’s the blurb and cover first:

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Poor Noah Grimes! His father disappeared years ago, his mother’s Beyonce tribute act is an unacceptable embarrassment, and his beloved gran is no longer herself. He only has one friend, Harry, and school is…Well, it’s pure HELL. Why can’t Noah be normal, like everyone else at school? Maybe if he struck up a romantic relationship with someone – maybe Sophie, who is perfect and lovely – he’d be seen in a different light? But Noah’s plans are derailed when Harry kisses him at a party. That’s when things go from bad to utter chaos.

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The Spring Has Sprung Book Tag

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We are currently in the last third of spring, and so I thought it was definitely about time to do this tag. I spotted it a while ago, when Engie from Musings from Neville’s Navel did it back in March and jotted down that I wanted to do it. Then I realised that it was May, and you can’t really do a spring tag in the summer, so I decided to get a move on and have a go. I wasn’t officially tagged, but Engie left it open to anyone who wanted to the tag, and the questions looked fun.

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Review: The Fallen Children by David Owen

32594919Title: The Fallen Children
Author: David Owen
Publisher: Atom Books
UK Release Date: 4th May 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Supernatural
Pages: 240
Format: Proof
Source: Non Pratt (!)

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One cover. 360 different colours. Which one will you get?

Young people on the Midwich Estate don’t have much hope for their futures. Keisha has lived there her whole life, and has been working hard to escape it; others have just accepted their lot.

But change is coming…

One night everyone inside Midwich Tower falls mysteriously unconscious in one inexplicable ‘Nightout’. No one can explain what happened during those lost hours, but soon afterwards Keisha and three other girls find they’re pregnant – and the babies are growing at an alarming rate.

As the news spreads around the tower its residents turn against them and the situation spirals toward violence. Keisha’s life unravels as she realises that the pregnancy may not have just ruined her hopes for the future: she might be mother to the end of the world.

The Fallen Children is a story of violation, of judgment and of young people who must fight to defy what is expected of them.

Over Christmas last year, I read David Owen’s debut novel, Panther, and absolutely adored it – it was raw and heart-breaking, and one of the most gripping books I’d read for a long time. So you can imagine my excitement when the next month I was at a book event, and Non Pratt (author of many books, such as Truth or Dare which is out next month) offered to pass on her copy to me, as she had almost finished it. I was absolutely over the moon, and incredibly keen to get reading considering I’d loved Panther so much, and I was not disappointed.

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Review: The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder

tmohTitle: The Museum of Heartbreak
Author: Meg Leder
Publisher: Scholastic
UK Release Date: 7th June 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance
Pages: 282
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher

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-> I received a copy of this book for free via the publisher; all thoughts are honest and my own.

In this ode to all the things we gain and lose and gain again, seventeen-year-old Penelope Marx curates her own mini-museum to deal with all the heartbreaks of love, friendship, and growing up.

Welcome to the Museum of Heartbreak.

Well, actually, to Penelope Marx’s personal museum. The one she creates after coming face to face with the devastating, lonely-making butt-kicking phenomenon known as heartbreak.

Heartbreak comes in all forms: There’s Keats, the charmingly handsome new guy who couldn’t be more perfect for her. There’s possibly the worst person in the world, Cherisse, whose mission in life is to make Penelope miserable. There’s Penelope’s increasingly distant best friend Audrey. And then there’s Penelope’s other best friend, the equal-parts-infuriating-and-yet-somehow-amazing Eph, who has been all kinds of confusing lately.

But sometimes the biggest heartbreak of all is learning to let go of that wondrous time before you ever knew things could be broken.

I had seen The Museum of Heartbreak floating around in loads of shops before I eventually got my hands on a copy – it seemed as if every time I went into a bookshop last summer, I would see it on the table in the middle – and so I was very happy to be able to grab it at the Scholastic Bloggers’ Book Feast. It didn’t quite up to expectations, especially when I featured it in a post-Valentine’s day blog post which I now don’t think it was suitable for, but was still a rather sweet book.

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Tips for Balancing Reading and Revision

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Every year, a problem that is faced by bookworm students and some bookworm adults all over the world is exams. Instead of being able to devote all free time to reading, time has to instead be divided between reading and revision, and finding a balance can be tricky. After all, the revision needs to be done, but it’s nice to be able to fit in some time for hobbies too – you can’t be an exam machine, and it isn’t good for you to spend all your time revising. However, it wouldn’t be a good idea to do no revision in favour of reading. Today I’ve decided to put together some tips for finding a balance between reading and revision during exam season, whether you’ve got end of year internal exams, or big public exams.

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