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May 17,2018

Definitely a young adult novel. Samantha and Dylan are 17.  They have been in a relationship for 12 months.  The night Sam loses her virginity to Dylan, is the night, Sam's life spirals out of control. Consumed by misgivings, lying to her protective and high-achieving parents, Sam doesn't know who to turn to.

When Sam starts to shun Dylan, he doesn't know what has happened and assumes it is something to do with Sam's parents.  It is when Sam's friend Tayla accuses Dylan of raping Sam, Dylan realizes things will never be the same again.  Never dreaming of where it will all end.

May 07,2018

Loosely based on events which have occurred during the author's life.  A young black man is shot dead by a white policeman.  This incident sets off a train of events, especially as there was an eye-witness to the shooting.

Starr is a 17 year old back girl, who goes to a predominantly anglo-saxon school.  Has a white boyfriend.  Starr was the eye-witness to the shooting.

Starr's anger is reignited about the racism and violence shown to her people.  She feels it is her turn to stand up and be counted.

Racism, violence, drugs, poverty, gangs, cover-ups all form part of this story.

Apr 20,2018
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I enjoyed this contemporary young adult novel.  A friendship group is fractured when two of the girls have a falling out over a boy.  Things escalate when Anouk continues to snub MC and then doesn't invite her to her party.  MC takes revenge by posting hurtful comments on social media, never thinking the posts can be traced back to her.

But no, the posts go viral and there is nowhere to hide for either girl.  The outcomes are devastating.  At the same time MC's world is falling apart, she is coming to terms with the separation of her parents and the fact her older brother is not talking to anybody.

A good read.

Apr 19,2018

I loved this young adult contemporary novel.  Set in a Australian country town where nothing out of the ordinary happens. Bo Mitchell has always lived in the town and knows everyone.  Things change when new girl Rory enrols at school.  Rory comes from a secretive community, known as Garden of Eden, who have little contact with the outside world.  From Rory's first day at school, Bo becomes protective of her, knowing how hard it will be to fit into the close-knit friendship groups at the school.

Their friendship blossoms and when Bo has a falling out with his dad, he begins to spend time at Garden of Eden.  Bo is not being drawn into the philosophy of the cult, but likes the people there and wonders at all the chores Rory has to do before she even starts on her schoolwork.

Events starts to spiral out of control and Bo becomes worried about Rory's welfare at the same time worrried about what is going on with his parents.

A fabulous read.

Mar 19,2018

I wish books like this were available when I was a teenager.  The story of Taylor and her family.  Her father is dying of cancer and the family are having one last summer holiday together.  It has been five years since Taylor holidayed at the lake house and on that occasion she left suddenly disappointing her two best friends.

Taylor has a lot of making up to do with Charlie and Lucy, trying to explain why she left so unexpectedly the last time.  But as her father's health deteriorates, Taylor falls back on old habits and pushes Charlie away, again!

A story of friendship, first love, sadness and family.

Mar 19,2018

I loved this novel.  Set on a rugged coastal town in Tasmania.  Gwen and Loretta are 17 years old and are the best of friends.  Gwen has been trying hard to cope with the sadness of deaths in her family.  Gwen's dad has remarried and Gwen is now part of a blended family. After an incident at the cafe where Gwen works, she starts to spiral into confusion over what she remembers of her little brother Jamie and her mother.  Through Gwen's diary the reader is privy to her inner most thoughts.I loved the character of Ben who comes to live next door to Gwen.  Ben comes with his own secrets.

Highly recommended

Jan 21,2018

This book, Paper Towns, is a book that I have recomended to many people recently as John Green's adventurous style of writing is so incredible. 

Paper Towns is about a young boy (Quentin) and his neighbour who had been drifting apart after being friends years ago. But one day Margo ( Quentin's neighbour) goes missing. The clues she has left for him, takes Quentin and his friends on a long adventure across America's East coast. The unbelivable journey takes Quentin along "The Margo Line" where with every clue he gets closer to the end of the line where Margo is waiting...

I highly recomend reading this book!

Nov 27,2017

This story is set in London at the start of the First World War.  Alfie is five years old when his father enlists in the army.

Life without his dad is very different.  His mother has to go to work to earn enough money to survive.  His best friend Kalena and her father are sent away to an internment camp.  As Alfie grows older, he wants to help his mum, so he starts up a business cleaning shoes at the railway station.  As the war rolls on, each year that passes becomes more difficult, especially when the letters from Alfie's dad stop being delivered.

Through a coincidence, Alfie discovers his father is still alive and he sets out find him and bring him home.

Nov 03,2017
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Aysel and Roman have a suicide pact.  Tragedy in their lives have shaped who they are and they see no other way out other than to commit suicide.  But as their friendship grows, they start to enjoy each others company and confide in each other.

Is this enough to change their lives around?

Oct 30,2017

The story of the consequences of family violence. Iliad is 17 years old and very angry.  To protect her, her mother has kept her in boarding schools.  For her final year of school, Iliad has come home to Darwin. She falls for Jared, an aspiring actor.  Everyone, except Iliad, can see Jared is very controlling.

Meanwhile Iliad and next door neighbour, Max have a hate relationship.  They call a truce when Max needs help for his sick mother and Iliad needs to learn how to shoot a short film to help Jared.

When Iliad's violent father discovers where the family is living a terrifying chain of events is set in place.

Oct 23,2017

A story of family.  Elena Richardson and her family have always lived their well ordered lives in Shaker Heights  Four teenage children, a well-respected husband, all is as it should be.  Along comes artist Mia Warren and her daughter Pearl.  Mia and Pearl travel from place to place, Mia earning a living where she can to support Pearl and her art. Mia also has a well-kept secret.

The Richardson and Warren families became emeshed in many ways, however friendships are fractured when old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby girl.  A custody battle ensues - and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides.  Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past.  But at what cost?  A great read.

Oct 23,2017

I won't go into detail, but I will say that this book is amazing and definitely worth a read. Robert Clary remembers in such detail and is so bluntly honest about all of his experiences throughout his life.

Oct 09,2017

Set in an American high school.  A student mysteriously dies while in detention.  Four other students are also in detention on that particular day,  they become the main suspects.

When cryptic messages are posted on social media, the four suspects are seen to have more than one reason to be relieved Simon is dead.

Relationships are fractured, huge secrets revealed and unlikely friendships formed.

A great read.

Sep 18,2017

a pretty cool book, great if you like the other derek landy books. this book is a continuation of the demon road trilogy, at this point in the story, amber (the protagonist) is the represention of the shining one (big demon guy, very shiny) and has to go around collecting peoples offerings. she is more powerful than ever but is still no closer to killing betty and bill. this is a great finale to the series, definitly a must read if you like horror and intrigue.  

Sep 18,2017

This book is based on the life of Iqbal Masih. Iqbal was a child slave in Pakistan.  In his short life, he was a slave to carpet makers, chained to the looms, working long days to pay off a never-ending family debt.

He escaped only to be brought back to the carpet maker who bribed the police.

Iqbal made a promise to the other child slaves, things would change.



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