Lies We Tell Ourselves – Robin Talley

Fun fact: this was one of the book club picks for the Spinster Book Club that I am a member of! It’s run by Lydia at Something LikeLydia and the goodreads link is here if it sounds like something that interests you! 🙂

Title: Lies We Tell Ourselves
Author: Robin Talley
Published: 2014
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22710376-lies-we-tell-ourselves

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Plot:

It’s 1959. The battle for civil rights is raging. And it’s Sarah Dunbar’s first day of school, as one of the first black students at the previously all-white Jefferson High. No one wants Sarah there. Not the Governor. Not the teachers. And certainly not the students – especially Linda Hairston, daughter of the town’s most ardent segregationist. Sarah and Linda have every reason to despise each other. But as a school project forces them to spend time together, the less their differences seem to matter. And Sarah and Linda start to feel something they’ve never felt before. Something they’re both determined ignore. Because it’s one thing to be frightened by the world around you – and another thing altogether when you’re terrified of what you feel inside.

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The Gap of Time – Jeanette Winterson.

Title: The Gap of Time
Author: Jeanette Winterson
Year Published: 2015
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25214259-the-gap-of-time

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Synopsis:

New Bohemia. America. A storm. A black man finds a white baby abandoned in the night. He gathers her up – light as a star – and decides to take her home.
London. England. After the financial crash. Leo Kaiser knows how to make money but he doesn’t know how to manage the jealousy he feels towards his best friend and his wife. Is the newborn baby even his?
New Bohemia. 17 years later. A boy and a girl are falling in love but there’s a lot they don’t know about who they are and where they come from.

Jeanette Winterson’s cover version of The Winter’s Tale vibrates with echoes of the original but tells a contemporary story where Time itself is a player in a game of high stakes that will either end in tragedy or forgiveness. It shows us that however far we have been separated, whatever is lost shall be found.

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Afterworlds – Scott Westerfeld

Title: Afterworlds
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Year Published: 2014
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20759444-afterworlds

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Synopsis

“Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she’s made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings… Told in alternating chapters is Darcy’s novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the ‘Afterworld’ to survive a terrorist attack. But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved – and terrifying – stories need to be reconciled. And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most.”

Thoughts:

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Page to Screen | The Martian.

Hey everybody!

Today I shall be talking about The Martian. First the very good book by Andy Weir and also the film adaptation directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon.

The plot of both works follow Mark Watney (played by Matt Damon) who has been left behind on Mars after him and his crew were caught in a sandstorm. Mark was attacked during the sandstorm, leading his crew to believe he is dead and they manage to leave Mars safely, not knowing he is actually still alive. Eventually, NASA discover he is still alive and now they’re trying to bring him home.

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The Lost and The Found – Cat Clarke.

Title: The Lost and The Found
Author: Cat Clarke
Year Published: 2015
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20685157-the-lost-and-the-found

Synopsis:
“LOST.
When six-year-old Laurel Logan was abducted, the only witness was her younger sister. Faith’s childhood was dominated by Laurel’s disappearance – from her parents’ broken marriage and the constant media attention to dealing with so-called friends who only ever wanted to talk about her sister.

FOUND.
Thirteen years later, a young woman is found in the garden of the Logans’ old house, disorientated and clutching the teddy bear Laurel was last seen with. Laurel is home at last, safe and sound. Faith always dreamed of getting her sister back, without ever truly believing it would happen. But a disturbing series of events leaves Faith increasingly isolated and paranoid, and before long she begins to wonder if everything that’s lost can be found again…”

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A Handful Of | Films I’ve seen lately!

Hello folks! I’m back with a film post. Today I shall be talking about four films I’ve seen lately, within the last month or so. Ant-Man. Ant-Man is Marvel’s latest release. Ant-Man follows Scott Lang who is a burglar and he is hired by Dr Hank Pym to pull off a massive heist against one of Pym’s old students by wearing Pym’s supersuit that he designed to shrink on a large scale. That’s kind of all I can give away really before getting hella spoilery. Prior to going into the cinema, I had heard such a spectrum of mixed reviews. … Continue reading A Handful Of | Films I’ve seen lately!

Am I Normal Yet? – Holly Bourne.

Title: Am I Normal Yet?
Author: Holly Bourne
Year Published: 2015
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23592235-am-i-normal-yet

Synopsis:
“All Evie wants is to be normal. She’s almost off her meds and at a new college where no one knows her as the girl-who-went-crazy. She’s even going to parties and making friends. There’s only one thing left to tick off her list…

But relationships are messy – especially relationships with teenage guys. They can make any girl feel like they’re going mad. And if Evie can’t even tell her new friends Amber and Lottie the truth about herself, how will she cope when she falls in love?”

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The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks – E. Lockhart.

Title: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks Author: E. Lockhart Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22907596-the-disreputable-history-of-frankie-landau-banks Source: Owned physical copy Published: November 2014. Synopsis: “Fifteen-year-old Frankie Landau-Banks has grown up a lot over the summer. She’s no longer daddy’s little girl – and almost immediately after starting the new semester at her highly prestigious school, she bags goofy-but-gorgeous Matthew Livingston as her boyfriend. They get along great but then Frankie discovers that Matthew is a member of a boys-only secret society that specialise in ‘hilarious’ pranks. Which hardly seems fair… especially when Frankie knows she’s smarter than any of its members. And to prove … Continue reading The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks – E. Lockhart.