young adult

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

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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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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I have finally read it! I have read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and it wasn’t half bad!
I didn’t find it incredible, but I didn’t find it bad either – a good, entertaining and easy read.

It is basically about a girl that writes fan fiction, but gets so involved with it that it runs her life, her relationships and her friends. It then goes on to tell the story of how she’s settling in at school, meets all sorts of people whether or not she gets on with them and what struggles she’s had to face. There’s also quite a bit of drama in there too!
It’s a hard one to describe without telling you the whole storyline, so feel free to look up a blurb if you’re daring enough!

But just for my opinion, I did quite enjoy reading this one and it only took me a day or two! A really nice pick, when you want to mix up your genres for once!

Have you read this? Are you a hardcore fan like most people? Let me know why you loved this book!
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Paper Towns by John Green Book Review

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WELL, I was surprised at this book! I’m going to be honest and say that I wasn’t a massive fan of his other hit book ‘The Fault In Our Stars’.
I’m not too sure why, it was an alright book, but I think that everybody hyped the book up so much that I found it a little bit disappointing!
But hey! I actually really enjoyed this book – I thought that I would give it a read before the film comes out and I’m glad that I did.

It is about a boy that has lived next door to this girl all of his life, and only through high school she has gotten herself involved with him. She convinces him go on a small adventure with her, pulling pranks and ever since, his feelings for her come back instantly. So to cut it short, she decides to run away but leave clues, so he decides on whether to go find her or not!

I won’t say anymore about that, because I’m scared that I’ll ruin it for you!
I did really enjoy this, I enjoyed the journey that it takes you through and how you can see how he deals with various issues with school, friends and love.

I would definitely recommend reading this, it only took me about 2/3 days to finish it whilst I was ill.
So give it a go!

Have any of you read this? TELL ME IF YOU LIKED IT! (It’s probably a yes, as it’s pretty hyped up at the moment!).
Let me know, I love to read your comments 😀
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The Rosie Project by Graemae Simsion Book Review

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I actually enjoyed this book, I decided to pick it as it was an easier read compared to other books. I got stuck in straight away and got hooked! Sometimes I thought it was going a little off the point, but it came back to the story very quickly afterwards! It’s a fiction on the theme of romance, but not too romancey!
If that makes any sense, at all.. I am glad that there is a second story to this, as I would like to read about what happens next! I would tell you a description of the book, but it might give away a little too much – so I’ll get one from Amazon for you!

“The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs The Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers. Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities. Don easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project (even if she is “quite intelligent for a barmaid”). But Don is intrigued by Rosie’s own quest to identify her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on The Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you.”

There you go, now you can judge for yourselves! But if you’re looking for an easy, but enjoyable read, then this might be for you! I have a feeling that this is being made into a film? Maybe it’s not, but I have a feeling! I will get researching for you all!
Have any of you read this book? What did you think? xx

The Maze Runner by James Dashner Book Review

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I was pleasantly surprised by this book, I thought that it was going to be your typical young adult book but it was actually really enjoyable!
I had previously seen the trailer for the film adaptation and thought it didn’t look too impressive, but I fancied an easy read so I picked this up straight away!
From the very start, I was hooked. I wanted to know who they were, why they were there and what was going to happen next.
I would definitely recommend this book to many, it is even a part of a series too – so if you can’t get quite enough from just this one, there’s another 2/3 books.

As a little hint to the storyline: There are a group of boys that have been put into a new world which contains a massive maze, but they do not know who they were previously or why they are there. All I’m saying is that, they are trying to find the end of the maze.

That’s all I will give you for now, I thought to myself ‘How could there be much more to that book than just finding the end of a maze?’. Go and surprise yourself, it’s surprisingly very good and gets you hooked.

Have you read this or seen the film? Which is better?
How about the series?
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