Book Review – You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson

Pages: 324 Published: 2nd June 2020 Genre: Young Adult Contemporary/Romance Trigger warnings: Homophobia, racism, cyber bullying Liz Lighty has always believed she's too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it's okay -- Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend … Continue reading Book Review – You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson

Book Review – The Truth And Lies Of Ella Black by Emily Barr

Pages: 349 Published: 12th October 2017 Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Trigger warnings: Animal cruelty, sexual references, mental health storyline Ella Black seems to live the life most other seventeen-year-olds would kill for. Until one day, telling her nothing, her parents whisk her off to Rio de Janeiro. Determined to find out why, Ella takes her chance and searches through … Continue reading Book Review – The Truth And Lies Of Ella Black by Emily Barr

Book Review – Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Pages: 417 Published: 5th May 2020 Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Trigger warnings: Grief, sexual assault Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people... In … Continue reading Book Review – Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Book Review – In The Absence Of Miracles by Michael J. Malone

Pages: 296 Published: 19th July 2019 Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Mystery Trigger warnings: Sexual abuse storyline, drugs, alcohol dependency John Docherty’s mother has just been taken into a nursing home following a massive stroke and she’s unlikely to be able to live independently again. With no other option than to sell the family home, John sets about packing up everything in … Continue reading Book Review – In The Absence Of Miracles by Michael J. Malone

Book Review – Dead Popular by Sue Wallman

Pages: 272 Published: 1st August 2019 Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Trigger warnings: Child death, sexual assault The reigning queen bee, Kate, knows that you don't become the most powerful girl at school by playing nice. But when other students start revealing long-held secrets anonymously, she realizes someone is playing a much more dangerous game - … Continue reading Book Review – Dead Popular by Sue Wallman

Book Review – The Lion Tamer Who Lost by Louise Beech

Pages: 322 Published: 15th July 2018 Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Romance Trigger warnings: Animal death, sexual content, homophobia Long ago Andrew made a childhood wish. One he has always kept in a silver box with a too-big lid that falls off. When it finally comes true, he wishes it hadn't... Long ago Ben dreamed of going to … Continue reading Book Review – The Lion Tamer Who Lost by Louise Beech

Book Review – The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Pages: 358 Published: 6th March 2018 Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Synopsis A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world.  Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to … Continue reading Book Review – The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Book Review – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Pages: 447 Published: 28th February 2017 Started reading: June 9 Finished reading: June 25 Trigger warnings: Drug use, racism, sexual references Synopsis Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood … Continue reading Book Review – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas