Title: The Day We Meet Again

Author: Miranda Dickinson

Pages: 384 Pages

Publisher: HQ

The Blurb

Their love story started with goodbye…

The brand-new novel from The Sunday Times bestselling author, Miranda Dickinson.

‘We’ll meet again at St Pancras station, a year from today. If we’re meant to be together, we’ll both be there. If we’re not, it was never meant to be . . .’

Phoebe and Sam meet by chance at St Pancras station. Heading in opposite directions, both seeking their own adventures, meeting the love of their lives wasn’t part of the plan. So they make a promise: to meet again in the same place in twelve months’ time if they still want to be together.

But is life ever as simple as that?

This is a story of what-ifs and maybes – and how one decision can change your life forever…

The Review

I love train stations. That may sound weird but bear with me. Having done the long distance thing for nearly 7 years, for me train stations are synonymous with meeting my partner after a few weeks away from each other. The flip side of that is that there is always the sadness of going back home but bygones. So when I read The Day We Meet Again by Miranda Dickinson which uses St Pancras Station – once the scene of a reunion of me and my fiancé – I knew I was going to love this book.

The Day We Meet Again is one of those frustratingly wonderful books that you want to simultaneously hug and throw across the room. You yell at the characters, you will them to make better choices, you groan at the fact that they are not marionettes that you can manipulate to do your bidding but I suppose if I had that power then the book would have been much shorter and the pay off less great.

With Phoebe and Sam, Miranda Dickinson has made two fantastically likeable yet flawed characters. She has the perfect set up which has allowed them both to be selfless in their selfishness so when they pull their heads out of their bottoms they can be the perfect companion for each other. All the while you travel to some amazing places. Dickinson really has worked her magic in this book. It is a lovely read and a perfect gift for the romance reader in your life.

The Day We Meet Again by Miranda Dickinson is available now.

For more information regarding Miranda Dickinson (@wurdsmyth) please visit www.miranda-dickinson.com.

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Title: Expectation

Author: Anna Hope

Pages: 336 Pages

Publisher: Random House

The Blurb

What happened to the women we were supposed to become?

Hannah, Cate and Lissa are young, vibrant and inseparable. Living on the edge of a common in East London, their shared world is ablaze with art and activism, romance and revelry – and the promise of everything to come. They are electric. They are the best of friends.

Ten years on, they are not where they hoped to be. Amidst flailing careers and faltering marriages, each hungers for what the others have. And each wrestles with the same question: what does it take to lead a meaningful life?

The most razor-sharp and heartbreaking novel of the year, EXPECTATION is a novel about finding your way: as a mother, a daughter, a wife, a rebel.

FOR FANS OF SALLY ROONEY, DIANA EVANS, DOLLY ALDERTON, ELIZABETH DAY AND FLEABAG

The Review

I’m going to be glib and say that I didn’t know what to expect when I read Expectation by Anna Hope. I had chosen it based on the strength of how much I liked Anna Hope’s previous novel The Ballroom. I didn’t, however, expect to be as immersed in the world that she created so fervently. For me, Expectation was a one-sitting read.

The story follows the lives of three friends who, through the innocence of youth, believe that their lives will follow a certain path and trajectory. Yes, there will be pitfalls along the way but they have an end goal and they know what they want. So what happens when that doesn’t happen? Fast-forward to the summer of their lives when they are making life changing decisions and are not where they expected to be we can see the harsh reality of life paralleled with what was once youthful hope as the last vestiges of that optimism fade away. Through this, our protagonists – Hannah, Cate and Lissa – have to face their reality and also the knowledge that they aren’t necessarily the best versions of themselves anymore.

Throughout this book Margaret Mitchell’s words kept ringing in my head: “Life is under no obligation to give you what you expect.” I think that because I am of similar age (physically/emotionally) to the characters I really felt that the novel resonated with me and compelled me to read more. Anna Hope has created a relatable cast of characters with problems that are more pertinent than I realised. Besides an astonishing ability to tell a good story, Hope manages to embed you into the world she has created and makes you examine yourself.

Expectation by Anna Hope is available now.

For more information regarding Anna Hope (@Anna_Hope) please visit www.annahope.uk.

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Title: Full Disclosure

Author: Camryn Garrett

Pages: 288 Pages

Publisher: Penguin

The Blurb

Simone Garcia-Hampton is HIV-Positive… and is positive HIV won’t define her.

Simone is a lot of things: the new kid at school, a supreme theatre nerd, daughter to two loving but slightly overbearing fathers; and HIV-positive.

She knows that celibacy is – technically – the best way to stay safe. Enter Miles Austin: intelligent, funny and way too sexy for Simone to resist. But her classmates don’t know about her condition – and what is the truth worth in the hands of the wrong person?

A smart, funny, sex-positive YA read, perfect for fans of Nicola Yoon and Jenny Han, Full Disclosure is a heartwarming take on the particular challenges of adolescence, written as only a teen could.

The Review

One of my favourite things about YA literature is that subjects that are often seen as taboo or scary to talk about are presented to a young, impressionable audience and allows the reader (presumably but not always of young adult age) to make their own mind up rather than relying on the hand me down beliefs of older – and not necessarily wiser – generations.

It is for that reason that we should all be thankful for writers such as Camryn Garrett who has written Full Disclosure: a book about – but not limited to – the discussion of HIV. Her protagonist, Simone, is HIV positive. For Simone, it is one aspect of who she is. Besides that, she is a young girl who is trying to navigate her way into becoming an adult. She is dealing with the everyday worries of being a teenager, and a girl, and a student, and a friend, and a girlfriend. Whilst these things may seem like run-of-the-mill things for most, Simone has to deal with them with the added pressure of a chronic illness that has so little understanding and a history of scaremongering.

Full Disclosure is a fantastic story about the brutality of high school and reminds us firstly, how difficult being a teenager can be but more importantly it reminds us to be kind to one another. You never know what another person is going through and you will invariably never know unless you forget your own prejudices.

Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett is available now.

For more information regarding Camryn Garrett (@dancingofpens) please visit www.camryngarrett.com.

For more information regarding Penguin (@PenguinUKBooks) please visit www.penguin.co.uk.

Title: So Lucky

Author: Dawn O’Porter

Pages: 400 Pages

Publisher: Harper Collins

The Blurb

IS ANYONE’S LIFE . . .

Beth shows that women really can have it all.
Ruby lives life by her own rules.
And then there’s Lauren, living the dream.

AS PERFECT AS IT LOOKS?

Beth hasn’t had sex in a year.
Ruby feels like she’s failing.
Lauren’s happiness is fake news.

And it just takes one shocking event to make the truth come tumbling out…

Fearless, frank and for everyone who’s ever doubted themselves, So Lucky is the straight-talking new novel from the Sunday Times bestseller.

Actually, you’re pretty f****** lucky to be you

The Review

There is a growing trend in fiction at the moment that I, for one, am loving. It is the trend of strong sassy writers writing realistic books about what it is like to be a woman. They are writing in a fearless way; it is a way that makes the average girl scream ‘Yes’ joyously at the book she reads because here potent among the pages are real honest to goodness women. Not women who are living life like a boss with a perfect instagrammable life but ones who are dealing with everyday problems such as being a mum, bad marriage, trying to keep up with everyone else.

Dawn O’Porter excels at this kind of writing and she shows it in her stunning new novel So Lucky. He three characters all have problems. Real problems. Some are easily managed and some are crippling in their difficulty. She shows these women – Beth, Ruby and Laura – as they try and deal with the mundanity of life and try and figure out who they are. O’Porter doesn’t always make her characters likable but she damn sure makes them relatable.

With the multiperspective style used by O’Porter, we get an insight into each of the characters problems and rather more powerfully an insight into ourselves. When you start to feel slightly enviable of their problems you know you belong to a select group of real women.

Dawn O’Porter, I salute you, you fearless word warrior.

So Lucky by Dawn O’Porter is available now.

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Title: The Wayward Girls

Author: Amanda Mason

Pages: 480 Pages

Publisher: Zaffre

The Blurb

THEN

1976. Loo and her sister Bee live in a run-down cottage in the middle of nowhere, with their artistic parents and wild siblings. Their mother, Cathy, had hoped to escape to a simpler life; instead the family find themselves isolated and shunned by their neighbours. At the height of the stifling summer, unexplained noises and occurences in the house begin to disturb the family, until they intrude on every waking moment . . .

NOW

Loo, now Lucy, is called back to her childhood home. A group of strangers are looking to discover the truth about the house and the people who lived there. But is Lucy ready to confront what really happened all those years ago?

The Girls meets The Little Stranger in this dark and captivating debut about sisterhood, family secrets, and a dangerous game that becomes all too real.

The Review

The Wayward Girls is a surprising novel about what it means to grow up.

Loo and Bee spend the summer of 1976 bored at home with their mother and siblings. They have moved to a new house and are being homeschooled and the locals of the village think they are weird. Things do not improve when Loo and Bee claim that the house is haunted by a poltergeist.

When a local paranormal society get wind of the strange activity, then an investigation begins into trying to deal with the horrors that have befallen the family.

Alongside the backdrop of a haunted house, Loo is desperately trying to fight for position with her older siblings Bee and Dan. She tends to be influenced by their whims and often falls into line when the dominant Bee snaps her fingers.

She is also the one who is most connected to the spirit haunting the house.

Fast forward to the future and the events of that summer are still haunting Loo. Things are about to get worse when the case gets reopened.

I enjoyed reading The Wayward Girls. At times it was genuinely creepy and as a reader you were left feeling uneasy and often doubted the events that were happening. I do feel that it was a little too long and could have had a bit of it shaved off and it wouldn’t have had any major impact on the outcome of the novel. It is a good read for the upcoming autumnal months.

The Wayward Girls by Amanda Mason is available now.

For more information regarding Amanda Mason (@amandajanemason) please visit her Twitter page.

For more information regarding Zaffre (@ZaffreBooks) please visit www.bonnierbooks.co.uk.