Wing Jones – Katherine Webber

Title: Wing Jones
Author: Katherine Webber
Year Published: 2017
Source: own copy
Goodreads link:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25909375-wing-jones

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Synopsis:

“Jandy Nelson meets Friday Night Lights: a sweeping story about love and family from an exceptional new voice in YA. With a grandmother from China and another from Ghana, fifteen-year-old Wing Jones is often caught between worlds. But when tragedy strikes, Wing discovers a talent for running she never knew she had. Wing’s speed could bring her family everything it needs. It could also stop Wing getting the one thing she wants.”

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No Virgin – Anne Cassidy

*Just a heads up – this is a book about sexual assault/rape/rape culture so if you feel you may be triggered then I wouldn’t recommend picking up this book.

Title: No Virgin
Author: Anne Cassidy
Year Published: 2016
Source: Sent from the publisher Hot Key Books to review.
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31114950-no-virgin

Synopsis:

“From the author of the critically acclaimed, LOOKING FOR JJ, shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize in 2004 and the Carnegie Medal in 2005.

My name is Stacey Woods and I was raped.

Stacey is the victim of a terrible sexual attack. She does not feel able to go to the police, or talk about it to anybody other than her best friend, Patrice. Patrice, outraged, when she cannot persuade her to go to the police, encourages Stacey to write everything down. This is Stacey’s story.

A tautly told and important book, perfect for readers of Asking for It by Louise O’Neill.”

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And a Happy New Year…? by Holly Bourne

Title: And a Happy New Year….?
Author: Holly Bourne
Year Published: 2016
Source: Own copy!
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30360631-and-a-happy-new-year

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Synopsis:

“Evie, Amber and Lottie are having a new year party to remember.

For the first time since leaving college, all three girls are back together. It’s time for fun and flirting, snogs and shots.

(And not tears or tantrums or terrible secrets)

Because everything’s going great for these girls – Spinster Club for ever! Right?”

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Unboxed – Non Pratt

Title: Unboxed
Author: Non Pratt
Year Published: 2016
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25648276-unboxed

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Synopsis:

“Unboxed is about four teenagers who come together after several months apart. In previous years, they had put together a time capsule about their best summer with a friend who was dying. Now that their friend has passed, they reunite to open the box.”

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Holding Up The Universe – Jennifer Niven.

Title: Holding Up The Universe
Author: Jennifer Niven
Year Published: 2016
Source: Won an arc at YALC 2016!
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28671039-holding-up-the-universe

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*picture from Waterstones.com

Synopsis:
“Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.
Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass ways, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone. 
Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. . . . Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

Jennifer Niven delivers another poignant, exhilarating love story about finding that person who sees you for who you are—and seeing them right back.”

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The Square Root of Summer + My Summer Time Capsule.

Title: The Square Root of Summer
Author: Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Year Published: 2016
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27420164-the-square-root-of-summer

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Synopsis:

“Last summer, Gottie’s life fell apart. Her beloved grandfather Grey died and Jason left her – the boy to whom she lost her virginity (and her heart) – and he wouldn’t even hold her hand at the funeral! This summer, still reeling from twin heartbreaks, Gottie is lost and alone and burying herself in equations. Until, after five years absence, Thomas comes home: former boy next door. Former best friend. Former everything. And as life turns upside down again she starts to experience strange blips in time – back to last summer, back to what she should have seen then . . .”

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LGBTQ* Reads! | George, Unspeakable, All of the Above.

One of the best things about the start of summer is all the Pride events happening around the world!

And recently, I’ve started looking for and reading books with themes on gender and sexuality. I’m trying to read more books along the spectrum, rather than just the centre. And here are some really good ones that I’ve read as of late!

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The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting – Holly Bourne

Title: The Manifesto on How To Be Interesting
Author: Holly Bourne
Year Published: 2014
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22533460-the-manifesto-on-how-to-be-interesting

Synopsis:

“Bree is a loser, a wannabe author who hides behind words. Most of the time she hates her life, her school, her never-there parents. So she writes.

But when she’s told she needs to start living a life worth writing about, The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting is born. Six steps on how to be interesting. Six steps that will see her infiltrate the popular set, fall in love with someone forbidden and make the biggest mistake of her life.”

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