Joce from Write Through the Night announced at the beginning of this month that she was holding a set of book blogger awards, to celebrate book bloggers as awards so often tend to be for fashion and lifestyle bloggers. I thought this was wonderful, and such a positive thing to do for the community, so I knew I wanted to make some nominations! I also wanted to say thank you to Joce for nominating me for Best Book Reviews, it made my day. You can find out more information here, from what the categories are to how you can nominate.
Title: Girl Hearts Girl
Author: Lucy Sutcliffe
UK Release Date: 24th June 2016
Genres: LGBT, Autobiography, Nonfiction
An inspiring, uplifting and sympathetic story about sexuality and self-acceptance, Lucy Sutcliffe’s debut memoir is a personal and moving coming out story. In 2010, at seventeen, Lucy Sutcliffe began an online friendship with Kaelyn, a young veterinary student from Michigan. Within months, they began a long distance relationship, finally meeting in the summer of 2011. Lucy’s video montage of their first week spent together in Saint Kitts, which she posted to the couple’s YouTube channel, was the first in a series of films documenting their long-distance relationship. Funny, tender and candid, the films attracted them a vast online following. Now, for the first time, Lucy’s writing about the incredible personal journey she’s been on; from never quite wanting the fairy-tale of Prince Charming to realising she was gay at the age of 14, through three years of self-denial to finally coming out to friends and family, to meeting her American girlfriend Kaelyn.
I had been meaning to read this book for so long, so I was very happy when a couple of weeks ago I found the time to pick up Girl Hearts Girl. It was quite a quick read – I managed to race through the whole thing in about an hour and a half – but really enjoyable, and also just so inspiring.
I absolutely love participating in the SundayYAthons which Rachel, who runs the #SundayYA chats, organises, so when she announced that there would be a SundayYAthon running over Easter, I knew I had to participate.
— Rachel (@_sectumsemprah) April 12, 2017
Title: The Unexpected Everything
Author: Morgan Matson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s
UK Release Date: 5th May 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance
From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone comes a feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans.
Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan.
Future? A top-tier medical school.
Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around).
Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else?
Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks.
So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too.
Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all—working as a dog walker, doing an epic scavenger hunt with her dad, and maybe, just maybe, letting the super cute Clark get closer than she expected. Palmer, Bri, and Toby tell her to embrace all the chaos, but can she really let go of her control?
When I started on The Unexpected Everything, I was completely unsure of what to expect. I’d seen it around for months, spotting it in bookshops pretty much every time I visited one. I’d also heard a lot about Morgan Matson’s books in general, despite never having properly read one (I did start reading Since You’ve Been Gone, but I was on a car journey at the time and had started to feel travel sick, so I put it down and forgot to pick it up again). However, I’m very happy to say that I loved The Unexpected Everything, and struggled to put it down. I kept planning to read a chapter or so before I went to bed, but then one hour later would find myself still awake and reading. I was well and truly hooked on this book, and would definitely recommend it.
When I wrapped up last month and when I talked about exciting books that come out this month, I mentioned Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined, the latest novel from Danielle Younge-Ullman. I enjoyed this book so much; it was emotional and had a lot of depth to it, and there were serious moments, but it was also really funny, and so engaging. This is one book that I think is going to be talked about a lot – and it completely deserves praise! As you can probably tell, I enjoyed it a lot, so I’m so excited to be hosting an interview today as part of the blog tour for this amazing book.
Here’s the description and the book cover:
Ingrid has made a deal with her mother: she gets to go to the school of her choice as long as she completes a three-week wilderness programme. But when Ingrid arrives, she quickly realizes there has been a terrible mistake: there will be no marshmallows or cabins here. Instead, her group will embark on a torturous trek, with almost no guidance from the two counsellors and supplied with only the things they can carry. On top of this, the other teen participants are “at risk youth”, a motley crew of screw-ups, lunatics and delinquents. But as the laborious days go by, and as memories of her complicated past come flooding back, Ingrid must confront the question of whether she shares more in common with these troubled teens than she’s willing to admit.
Yesterday afternoon, my sister and I went into central London with a very exciting destination: Waterstones Piccadilly, where we had tickets to see Patrice Lawrence and Angie Thomas talk. I don’t think I have to say much more than that to get you interested already.
Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Publisher: Walker Books
UK Release Date: 6th April 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Source: School librarian
Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.
Before I start, I have a confession: I have been putting off writing this review for a long time. I read this book in January, but for three months I haven’t wanted to write the review. It wasn’t because I didn’t like it – in fact, as you can see at the bottom of this review, I would give this book five stars. I had the same problem when reviewing Girl Detached by Manuela Salvi, and I think the issue is that the book is just so amazing that I’m not entirely sure how to put my thoughts into words. How are you supposed to break down a book that you loved into a few paragraphs to try and persuade someone to read it? Well, I’m going to have a go now, I guess.