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
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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Title: The Gap of Time
Author: Jeanette Winterson
Year Published: 2015
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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Author: Scott Westerfeld
Year Published: 2014
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20759444-afterworlds
“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.”
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Sorry it’s been a while but I am going to make writing a priority from now on!
In the meantime I joined a book club on Goodreads! It is the Spinster Book Club which is run by Lydia over at Something Like Lydia on Youtube (her channel is HERE!). Inspired by The Spinster Club in Holly Bourne’s ‘Am I Normal Yet?’ series, the book club reads awesome books with feminist messages/awesome female characters written by awesome female authors.
If it sounds right up your street you can join the club on Goodreads HEREEEE!
The first books chosen for the book club were Asking For It by Louise O’Neill and We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler which I shall review for you now!
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Title: The Lost and The Found
Author: Cat Clarke
Year Published: 2015
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.
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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Title: Am I Normal Yet?
Author: Holly Bourne
Year Published: 2015
“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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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.
Title: Say Her Name
Author: Juno Dawson
Source: Owned physical copy!
“Roberta ‘Bobbie’ Rowe is not the kind of person who believes in ghosts. A Halloween dare at her ridiculously spooky boarding school is no big deal, especially when her best friend Naya and cute local boy Caine agree to join in too. They are ordered to summon the legendary ghost of ‘Bloody Mary’: say her name five times in front of a candlelit mirror, and she shall appear… But, surprise surprise, nothing happens. Or does it?
Next morning, Bobbie finds a message on her bathroom mirror… five days… but what does it mean? And who left it there? Things get increasingly weird and more terrifying for Bobbie and Naya, until it becomes all too clear that Bloody Mary was indeed called from the afterlife that night, and she is definitely not a friendly ghost. Bobbie, Naya and Caine are now in a race against time before their five days are up and Mary comes for them, as she has come for countless others before…”
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Title: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Source: Owned physical!
“Published as a shilling shocker, Robert Louis Stevenson’s dark psychological fantasy gave birth to the idea of the split personality. The story of respectable Dr Jekyll’s strange association with damnable young man Edward Hyde; the hunt through fog-bound London for a killer; and the final revelation of Hyde’s true identity is a chilling exploration of humanity’s basest capacity for evil.”
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Title: Isla and the Happily Ever After
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Source: Physically owned copy!
“Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on brooding artist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And, after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer break, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to face uncertainty about their futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.”
*I should note that this is the third installment in Stephanie Perkins’ ‘Anna and the French Kiss’ companion trilogy. While I don’t think it’s compulsory to read them in order of publication, I would definitely recommend reading them in publishing order as the end of this book spoils the previous two books! 🙂
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