YA Book Prize Shortlist Thoughts

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When I was relatively new to the blogging world, I found a blog post written by Eve from Twist in the Taile (this was back before I followed their blog, actually, but I remembered it because of their opinions on Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine) giving their opinions on the Carnegie shortlist. When they announced the YA Book Prize for this year, I knew that I really wanted to do an equivalent over on my blog.

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Review: London Belongs to Us by Sarra Manning

lbtuTitle: London Belongs to Us
Author: Sarra Manning
Publisher: Hot Key Books
UK Release Date: 2nd June 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 264
Format: Proof
Source: Won

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Seventeen-year-old Sunny’s always been a little bit of a pushover. But when she’s sent a picture of her boyfriend kissing another girl, she knows she’s got to act. What follows is a mad, twelve-hour dash around London – starting at 8pm in Crystal Palace (so far away from civilisation you can’t even get the Tube there) then sweeping through Camden, Shoreditch, Soho, Kensington, Notting Hill . . . and ending up at 8am in Alexandra Palace.

Along the way Sunny meets a whole host of characters she never dreamed she’d have anything in common with – least of all the devilishly handsome (and somewhat vain) French ‘twins’ (they’re really cousins) Jean Luc and Vic. But as this love-letter to London shows, a city is only a sum of its parts, and really it’s the people living there who make up its life and soul. And, as Sunny discovers, everyone – from friends, apparent-enemies, famous bands and even rickshaw drivers – is willing to help a girl on a mission to get her romantic retribution.

I wasn’t really sure what I was expecting out of this book when I started reading, as although I’d heard of books by Sarra Manning before, I’d never actually read any. On the whole I think my feelings towards this book are highly mixed, as there were lots of elements which were fun and bouncy, and it was a rather cool book, but it was very cliché which annoyed me a little. I’m a bit frustrated to be posting my third three-star review (normally I like to make sure there’s a mix, but my last two reviews were three-star as well) but despite toying with the idea of giving this three and a half stars, I ultimately decided that it was a three-star read for me.

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13 Reasons Why Netflix Series Thoughts

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I can’t actually remember when I first read Thirteen Reasons Why, but I do know that it was probably four or five years ago. It had an interesting concept behind it, and covered some ideas around mental health that I hadn’t really read about before, so it definitely left an impression on me. When I heard it was being made into a TV series, I was keen to watch because I remembered younger me enjoying the book.

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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:


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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