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Review: 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

That’s right, I’m almost certain you know what 13 Reasons Why is all about now! If not,  Netflix have recently released a TV Series based on the book 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher and believe me, it does not disappoint! There has also been a lot of hype about it so far which I feel so proud about as I read this book two years ago and it really hit me hard.

Basically, 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher was released in 2009 and is a story about a teenager girl called Hannah who has committed suicide. People aren’t too sure why she has done this, especially her parents but 13 of her high school friends have received a cassette tape that she’s recorded especially for them.

These tapes include a lot of information on how things happened from her point of view. Some people might not have thought they were responsible or contributed to her death in the slightest, but when they hear her side of the story you can really see how it all builds up.

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13 Reasons Why – now on Netflix

She takes them individually to certain locations and tells them the background story of that place and what incidents happen there.

There is a lot of emotions that will run through you in this book and I could not put it down whilst I was travelling. I find that there’s some really, really crucial and important points within this book and I would love teenagers to especially understand them.

People do not realise how much harm they are doing to somebody. They might think it’s just a small remark or joke, but that person could take it differently, could be dealing with several other issues at the time or just really having a tough time itself.

In this book, it brings across the point to the other students that you might have done something ‘small’, but really that all added up and contributed to the death of Hannah.

I highly recommend giving this book a read, it might really open your eyes to the way others think and share the word around about this great book!

You can purchase this book from Amazon or Waterstones and several other book stores.

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Don’t know what Goodreads is, but you love reading? It is pretty much the Facebook of Reading Books. You can add yours friends to it, create your own personal profile where you can update your ‘status’ saying what books you are reading, what page you are currently on (it calculates a percentage of your progress through the book) and you can do so much more on there. There’s competitions from authors themselves to win signed books, there’s groups to join, you can create and join lists of your favourite books and specific genres and even join Book Clubs.

Don’t forget that Goodreads have a ‘Reading Challenge’ every year, where you can set yourself a target of how many books you would like to read throughout the year and it will add them all up for you as you go along!

So, I hope you enjoyed the review and let me know if you have or want to read the book and if you’ve seen the TV Series adaptation!
What do you think about the book/series?
Does any of this really hit home to you in some sort of way?

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Review: The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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Review: The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

I received a free copy of The Sky Is Everywhere in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own.

Title: The Sky Is Everywhere

Author: Jandy Nelson

Purchase: Available in the UK and preorder for the US.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Great For: Young Adult

Themes: Struggles, Life and Death, Bringing good from unfortunate times

Review: That’s right, there is another Jandy Nelson that has had so much hype over and I can definitely see why people do. I wasn’t completely in love with the book but it is such an intriguing read and you won’t want to put it down!

‘The Sky Is Everywhere’ is about a girl called Lennie who has recently lost her sister, Bailey. Her sister suddenly passed away and Lennie has to learn how to carry on with life without her beloved sister. She is desperately holding onto her sisters memories and possessions and is finding it so hard to believe she isn’t around anymore. The same goes for her sister’s boyfriend, who opens up about a lot of undiscovered things about their relationship (I won’t spoil the storyline for you, don’t worry!)

As life goes on, Lennie doesn’t progress with it.. She is still holding onto her sisters memories and hasn’t been able to go to high school the same since. Everyone stares at her, asks how she is doing every day which is a constant reminder that her sister isn’t there anymore.

She meets a new guy to her class (Joe) who hasn’t been filled in on all of the ‘gossip’ of the school and he is also very cute! He starts to talk to Lennie and finally she feels a sense of trust within somebody that doesn’t know about her sister. With Joe, she feels like she can really be her normal self again without any judgement or sympathy.
Could this be a new friendship or maybe even more?

In this story, there are a lot of family values involved, the ups and downs of relationships, struggles and trying to get through the hard times and try to see a positive at the end of it.
There is so much more to this book than just what I have mentioned, but I don’t want to spoil the whole storyline so I will leave it here.
But if you really want a heartwarming story about loss, friendship and family, then I would highly recommend having a read of this! It was a pretty quick and easy read for me too – so give it a go!

Don’t forget you can purchase it from Amazon UK and Amazon.com here.
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Check out my other book reviews:

The Trap by Alan Gibbons

Girl Online: Going Solo by Zoe Sugg (Zoella)

A Quiet Kind Of Thunder by Sara Barnard

The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch

Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Title: Ready Player One

Author: Ernest Cline

Purchase: Available in the UK and the US.

Overall Rating: 5/5

Great For: Fans of Sci-Fi and Video Games

Themes: Science Fiction, Adventure, Video Games

I know that I have already written a review on this book in the past, but I really think it deserves to be in the limelight again, especially before it is made into a film by Steven Spielberg!

Review: Here comes a review of my all time favourite book that I discovered in 2011. It was so incredible and took me on a complete adventure that I have reread it over and over ever since, then thought ‘Hey, why not give it some love and write a review?!’

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This book is set in a dystopian and corrupt world, so corrupt that the human population live their lives through the world of Virtual Reality headsets. They go to school, go to work, creating a living, hang out with friends, all through a VR headset.

Where did this VR Headset come from? How did it get created?
There was a man who is seen as such an inspiration that created this world to make life worth living, a life that still had opportunity and hope. Although, once the creator died he broadcast a video to the whole VR world publicising that he had created a game, a puzzle within the VR world. The people of this world have to find a clue to start the game, complete each level and defeat several bosses. If they succeed, then the winner will gain the creators life time’s earnings.

I feel like I really should not say any more about this storyline as it immediately drags you in. Not forgetting that Steven Spielberg is currently making a film adaptation of this book. The book is full of classic video game, Star Wars and other Science Fiction quotes throughout too..

There are not enough words that I can say about this book, it is just outstanding and is so fast-paced that you will not want to put it down!

GAME OVER.

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The Trap by Alan Gibbons Book Review

I received a free copy of The Movie Version in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own.

Title: The Trap

Author: Alan Gibbons

Purchase: Available in the UK and preorder for the US.

Overall Rating: 5/5

Great For: People who want to broaden their reading topics

Themes: “Terrorism, heroism and everything in between”

Review: ‘The Trap’ by Alan Gibbons is about a young guy that has been influenced by the wrong crowd. In his defence, he wants to do some good for the world.
Majid wants to travel to Syria to defend his people, where they are getting tortured and massacred on a daily basis. Sadly, he has been brainwashed by another group and this influences him. He moves from London to become a medic out in Syria to help the community, but he starts to really see what has happened to the country and the state they are in..

His family miss him terribly and believe that he became an extremist and died during battle out in Syria. For what they do not know is that he is alive and back in the country. He is now working with MI5 to catch other extremists that are planning a terrorist attack.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would happily read it again, which is not usually like me! It is a really fast-paced book which has really short chapters which I loved. The chapters do flick back and forth in time, but do not come across as confusing at all – they are very relevant to the opposing time they are talking about.

I would highly recommend giving this a read, especially if you want a complete change of book. This book really makes you think about the modern day and how our country controls situations that others would not have heard about.
I picked this book up to read on Tuesday night and I was finished by Wednesday afternoon as I could not put it down!

A really refreshing read and very intriguing so I will give it a 5 out of 5.
Check out my other book reviews:

Girl Online: Going Solo by Zoe Sugg (Zoella)

A Quiet Kind Of Thunder by Sara Barnard

The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch

Review: The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch

The Movie Version is a Young Adult novel which features some romance and goes onto discover the difficulties of dealing with Mental Health.

Amelia is the main character in this book, herself and her brother have a huge passion for movies and get a kick out of sharing film quotes, trying to guess which films they are from and trying to fit them into their everyday life. Amelia imagines what her ‘Movie Version’ of her life would be like, but she discovers that her life takes a turn for the worst..

Amelia discovers that her brother has been seeming very distant and acting abnormally. She senses that he must still be bothering with drug use, which turns out that it’s not the case.. *no spoilers*!

Her life is moving on perfectly as she is doing great at school, has found herself a city-slicker boyfriend who she adores and gets on with her family well. Until her brother is diagnosed with something that will change all of their lives forever..

This story is full of the ups and downs, the challenges that they go through, how to push through them and learning that you can still move forward through tough times.

I believe that this story is a great sense to raise awareness of mental health issues. It could be a story that people can relate to.

The only downside that I found with this book, is the main character Amelia. I found that although it’s understandable that she’s struggling through the tough times, she seems very self-centred about certain things within the book.
Personally, I just wish that she would speak to people more often about her issues and not keep everything to herself. Possibly readers will pick up on this and see that it is important to reach out and address issues with others.

Overall, after a slow start I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Movie Version and look forward to more of Emma Wunsch’s books!

You can get this from Amazon UK

Zoe
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A Quiet Kind Of Thunder by Sara Barnard Book Review

REVIEW: A QUIET KIND OF THUNDER BY SARA BARNARD

Title: A Quiet Kind Of Thunder

Author: Sara Barnard

Purchase: Released 12th Jan 2017 in the U.K. and in the U.S.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Great For: Fans of Young Adult novels

Themes:  YA, romance

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Sara Barnard is well known for her previous book ‘Beautiful Broken Things’ and there has been so much hype towards her new book. ‘A Quiet Kind Of Thunder’ is about overcoming the hard things in life and finding your comfort zones and strengths.

Steffi is in high school and is selectively mute, she finds high school very hard as she can’t come out with the words, and would love to be able to live a normal life. She wishes that people wouldn’t stare at her, make fun, gawp or giggle when she does actually come out with something. Luckily, there’s a student that’s introduced to Steffi called Rhys who is deaf and communicates via BSL (British Sign Language).

Steffi faces a lot of troubles when it comes to applying for university next year, whether she will be able to go, how she will handle an emergency situation and cope with her every day life. These are some of the struggles that she has to go through within this book, and it really takes you on her and others’ journeys. Can overcome these things and maybe even find love?

I highly recommend this book to people that love young adult fiction and romance. It’s a very uplifting book that opens your eyes to the world of mute and BSL communities. I feel that it’s a very inspirational book and has made me want to take up my goal of learning British Sign Language.

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Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes Book

*For some reason, I hadn’t posted this.. from six months ago..*

Title: Me Before You

Author: Jojo Moyes

Purchase: Available in the UK and preorder for the US.

Overall Rating: 5/5

Great For: Romance

Themes: Disability, Romance, Strength, Emotion

Review: WOW. Yes, that is going to be the first word of this review. WOW…
Basically, I have seen this book floating around on Goodreads and YouTube, but I was a very bad person and judged a book by it’s cover.. I expected this book to just be one of those stereotypical romance novels that are all pretty similar.
I was wrong! Lesson learnt.

It turns out that I saw the trailer for the upcoming film adaptation of this book and I watched it half way through and decided that I need to read this book urgently – so I stopped the trailer to save it from spoiling the book for me and off I went!

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This book just blew me away completely, it was such a great, captivating story but also so so sad at the same time.

To give you a quick little feel of this book: A man called Will (about 30-35 years old, I believe) has been in an accident and has become Paraplegic, he cannot move any parts of his body apart from his head and the tips of his fingers. He is miserable and feels like he’s just completely lost in life. It turns out that a woman (Lou) really needs a job and takes up a ‘carer’ job as she desperately needs the money. She looks after Will, has a very hard time at first as he acts quite rudely and blunt to her, making it even more difficult but eventually he opens up to her, which he hasn’t done with any other carers in the past!
That is all that I will leave you with, as there is so much more to the story but I do not want to spoil it for you all!

UPDATE: I have read the sequel ‘Me After You’ and yep, you’ve guessed it right – I cried through this one too! Click here to read my review.

Have any of you read this? How much did you love it? I haven’t heard one bad thing about this book at all – everybody on Goodreads told me that it was incredible from the start!
Have you seen the film adaptation? Let me know.

Check out my other book reviews:

The Trap by Alan Gibbons

Girl Online: Going Solo by Zoe Sugg (Zoella)

A Quiet Kind Of Thunder by Sara Barnard

The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch