contemporary · young adult

A Very Large Expanse Of Sea (Chapter Sampler) – Tahereh Mafi

“A Very Large Expanse Of Sea is about giving a voice to the Muslim American teenager in a world where they’re seldom given a chance to speak. It’s about love and hate and breakdancing. It’s my story, and I’m grateful to you for reading.” Blurb: “It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent… Continue reading A Very Large Expanse Of Sea (Chapter Sampler) – Tahereh Mafi

contemporary · feminism · review · young adult

It Only Happens In The Movies – Holly Bourne

“Romance films ruin people’s real-life relationships. They offer this idea of love that isn’t sustainable in normal life.” Blurb: “Audrey is over romance. Since her parents' relationship imploded her mother's been catatonic, so she takes a cinema job to get out of the house. But there she meets wannabe film-maker Harry. Nobody expects Audrey and… Continue reading It Only Happens In The Movies – Holly Bourne

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

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

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

contemporary · review · young adult

Under Rose-Tainted Skies – Louise Gornall

“The best you can hope for is to contain it, make it as small as possible so it stops being intrusive. Am I coping? Yes, but it’s taking a monumental amount of effort to keep the dynamite inside my stomach from exploding.” Blurb: “Agoraphobia confines Norah to the house she shares with her mother. For… Continue reading Under Rose-Tainted Skies – Louise Gornall

contemporary · review · young adult

Wing Jones – Katherine Webber

“But when I’m running, I don’t feel like an idiot. I feel free, like anything is possible. Like I’m not running from something, but for something.”   Blurb: “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… Continue reading Wing Jones – Katherine Webber

contemporary · review · romance · young adult

Optimists Die First -Susin Nielsen

“Optimists believe things will always work out for the best. Optimists live in a rainbow-coloured, sugar-coated land of denial. Optimists miss warning signs.”   Blurb: “Sixteen-year-old Petula de Wilde is anything but wild. A former crafting fiend with a happy life, Petula shut herself off from the world after a family tragedy. She sees danger… Continue reading Optimists Die First -Susin Nielsen

adult fiction · contemporary · review

The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters – Nadiya Hussain

“It’s not as if we get to like everything in life, but we accept it and get on with it.”   Blurb: “The four Amir sisters – Fatima, Farah, Bubblee and Mae – are the only young Muslims in the quaint English village of Wyvernage. On the outside, despite not quite fitting in with their… Continue reading The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters – Nadiya Hussain