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Guest Post: 5 mini reviews

Guest Post : Emily Meade

Last year I wrote a mini-review of every book I read. To give you plenty of books to add to your TBR, here is a mini-review of every book I’ve read so far.

Cover of Goodbye Days

41. Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

YES for supportive male friendships! Though I didn’t like this one as much as Jeff Zentner’s debut, I loved the normalisation of therapy, coping with grief and guilt, and some really funny banter between friends. Also it will make you cry.

Cover of Seven Days of You

  1. Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse

Sooooo the main character was annoying, the love triangle was annoying and there was little plot beyond it. Add that to a backdrop of Japan where ninety-nine per cent of the characters are white and you’ve got a whitewashed Japan without any of its culture. Disappointing, basically.

Cover of The Inexplicable Logic for my Life

  1. The Inexplicable Logic of my Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz

In this book the main character, Salvador, is raised by an adoptive gay father and his Mexican family, so considers himself Mexican. His friendship with Sam is one of the best friendships I’ve ever read in YA – and Fito added a really interesting dynamic to that. What I love about Benjamin Alire Saenz’s writing is that it’s FULL of dialogue and complex relationships – it also wins the award for Best Dad Character Ever. Also, no romance! Yay!

  1. A Shadow’s Breath by Nicole Hayes

This was a good read. It’s not my favourite of Nicole Hayes’, but the switching back and forth between the “then” storyline and the “now” storyline (where the two characters are trying to survive after a car crash) was a really interesting addition. And the twist at the end is MIND-BLOWING.

Cover of the book Radio Silence

  1.  Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

I had to reread this one when it came out in the US, because it’s one of my favourite books ever. It’s about school stress and geeky friendships and a podcast called Universe City. Also the main character Frances is bi, and her best friend Aled is demisexual, which is so rare in YA, so that was awesome.

I’m Emily Mead.a 21-year-old Aussie YA writer, PR student and amateur French learner. Bookstagram: @emilyjmead i