contemporary · review · young adult

All The Wrong Chords – Christine Hurley Deriso

“Sticking music in front of me is like putting a map in the face of a driver who already knows the way.” Blurb: “Scarlett Stiles is desperate for a change of scenery after her older brother, Liam, dies of a drug overdose. But spending the summer with her grandfather wasn't exactly what she had in… Continue reading All The Wrong Chords – Christine Hurley Deriso

children's fiction · contemporary · review

The Thing About Jellyfish – Ali Benjamin

"Some hearts beat only about 412 million times. Which might sound like a lot. But the truth is, it barely gets you twelve years." Blurb: "After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy must have been a rare jellyfish sting--things don't just happen for… Continue reading The Thing About Jellyfish – Ali Benjamin

children's fiction · contemporary · review

928 Miles From Home – Kim Slater

“Daydreaming is cool because you don’t have to work out a fool proof plan of how you’re going to do stuff or wrestle with the problems that might come up. You can just flash-forward to the good bits.” Blurb: “Fourteen year old Calum Brooks has big dreams. One day, he’ll escape this boring life and… Continue reading 928 Miles From Home – Kim Slater

contemporary · review · young adult

Goodbye Perfect – Sara Barnard

“I could lie and say I suspected something, or that it all makes sense now, but I didn’t, and it doesn’t. It just doesn’t make any sense at all.” Blurb: “Eden McKinley knows she can’t count on much in this world, but she can depend on Bonnie, her solid, steady, straight-A best friend. So it’s… Continue reading Goodbye Perfect – Sara Barnard

contemporary · review · young adult

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han

“If love is like possession, maybe my letters are like my exorcisms. My letters set me free… or at least they’re supposed to.” Blurb: “Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for… Continue reading To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han

adult fiction · contemporary · review · romance

All That She Can See – Carrie Hope Fletcher

“Cherry’s bakery was a safe haven, a place where people could forget their troubles for an hour or two. And when their bad feelings latched back onto them as they left, Cherry noticed that their troubles seemed a little smaller than before.”   Blurb: “Cherry has a hidden talent. She can see things other people… Continue reading All That She Can See – Carrie Hope Fletcher

contemporary · review · romance · young adult

When Dimple Met Rishi – Sandhya Menon

“Hello future wife,” he said, his voice bubbling with glee. “I can’t wait to get started on the rest of our lives.” Blurb: “Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.”… Continue reading When Dimple Met Rishi – Sandhya Menon

contemporary · review · young adult

Another Place – Matthew Crow

“I wrote my goal for the summer. A goal I would only share with those whose involvement helped my mission. The last secret between me and my friend I had known only at night. That summer I would find Sarah Banks.” Blurb: “Sixteen-year-old Claudette Flint is coming home from hospital after an escalating depression left… Continue reading Another Place – Matthew Crow

contemporary · review · young adult

Orangeboy – Patrice Lawrence

“Orangeboy. Mr Orange.” She lay my phone next to the blackberry. “What the hell have you got yourself into?” Blurb: “Sixteen-year-old Marlon has made his mum a promise – he’ll never follow his big brother, Andre, down the wrong path. So far, it’s been easy, but when a date ends in tragedy, Marlon finds himself… Continue reading Orangeboy – Patrice Lawrence