Title: Loner

Author: Georgina Young

Pages: 240 Pages

Publisher: Text Publishing

The Blurb

Set in Melbourne, Loner is a humorous and heartfelt exploration of new adulthood.

Lona kills her days sneaking into the dark room at her old art school to develop photographs. She kills her nights DJ-ing the roller disco at Planet Skate. She is in inexplicable, debilitating love with a bespectacled, Doctor Who-obsessed former classmate, and in comfortable, platonic love with her best friend Tab. Lona works hard to portray a permanent attitude of cynicism and ennui but will her carefully constructed persona be enough to protect her from the inevitable sorrows and unexpected joys of adult life?

Loner re-examines notions of social isolation experienced by young people, suggesting sometimes our own company can be a choice and not a failing.

The Review

Lona is a little bit lost. She has finished high school and done what is socially expected and went to university but she found herself a little lost there too. She has dropped out and is now working a dead end job normally reserved for a teenager and she doesn’t know how to get herself out of this hole. What she is starting to realise is that being a grown up kind of sucks.

I really enjoyed reading Georgina Young’s Loner. I feel like she really captured that un-tethered feeling. You aren’t a kid any more but you still aren’t really feeling like an adult yet all of the decisions you make are now your responsibility. It is a fascinating look at the awkward period in your life and Young perfectly captures the discombobulated feeling.

My favourite thing about Loner came at the end of the book. The whole story was great but the ending gave me an overwhelming feeling of hope. It reminds you that life I long and there are plenty of ways to screw up but also to fix the screw ups. It is very optimistic.

Overall, Loner by Georgina Young is a very good read.

Loner by Georgina Young is available now.

For more information regarding Text Publishing (@text_publishing) please visit www.textpublishing.com.au.

Title: This is Going to Hurt

Author: Adam Kay

Pages: 288 Pages

Publisher: Picador

The Blurb

Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you.

Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know – and more than a few things you didn’t – about life on and off the hospital ward.


The Review

Adam Kay was once a junior doctor and what lies between the pages of his debut book This is Going to Hurt is a hilarious collection of stories that he encountered whilst working for the NHS.

What I initially found surprising whilst reading This is Going to Hurt is the sheer volume of people who go to A and E with weird things lodged up their bum.

Reading This is Going to Hurt reminded me of many things. These include but are not limited to 1) our NHS is desperately underfunded. We know this already but it is corroborated by Adam Kay and as someone who once worked for this service I am going to take his word as gospel. You realise just how desperate a situation we are in. Secondly, work to life balance is so very important and 3) some illnesses are just plain weird.

A few years ago I became really ill. Due to the excellent care from doctors, nurses, porters alike (except one registrar but we will bypass this person) I really considered retraining to become a nurse. The amazing care I received allowed- nay, helped me fight my illness and I genuinely have the NHS to thank for that. Ultimately, I didn’t do it but after reading This is Going to Hurt I am sure that I could not live that life. I am just not strong enough. However, Adam Kay did reaffirm my belief that those who work or who have previously worked for the NHS are heroes. Fact.

Also This is Going to Hurt will make you laugh so hard you may end up with a hernia and need the NHS. Read with caution.

This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay is available now.

For more information regarding Adam Kay (@amateuradam) please visit www.adamkay.co.uk.

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Title: Carry On

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Pages: 529 Pages

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

The Blurb

Based on the characters Simon and Baz who featured in Rainbow Rowell’s bestselling Fangirl, Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story – but far, far more monsters. Simon Snow just wants to relax and savour his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his room-mate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savour anything.

The Review

Carry On is the story of Simon and Baz who were first mentioned in Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. In Carry On, Rowell has given them a full story in their own rights rather than being the fan fiction that it was presented as previously.

If I am totally honest, it took a while for me to get into Carry On. I think because I knew it was a story based on the fictional fan fiction (whew, this could get confusing) I think I kept myself separated from it, I didn’t allow myself to fall for the characters too much. Equally, the story is told from multi-perspective which I think allowed me to stop myself getting too attached. I think that because the setting and the back story had a lot of similarities to another wizarding world I was able to keep myself at a distance. However, Carry On is an epic sized novel and gives you time to change your mind. Before long I was fully invested in Baz and Simon’s story.

What I really loved is that Rowell put herself completely outside of the world she knows. This is a very British book – curry, rich tea biscuits, tea. It is all very British and Rowell did really well to convey that level of reality in a fantasy YA novel.

Reading Carry On has made me really eager to read the sequel Wayward Son.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell is available now.

For more information regarding Rainbow Rowell (@rainbowrowell) please visit www.rainbowrowell.com.

For more information regarding Pan Macmillan (@panmacmillan) please visit www.panmacmillan.com.

Title: Brave

Author: Rose McGowan

Pages: 272 Pages

Publisher: HQ

The Blurb

‘My life, as you will read, has taken me from one cult to another. BRAVE is the story of how I fought my way out of these cults and reclaimed my life. I want to help you do the same.’
–Rose McGowan

A revealing memoir and empowering manifesto – a voice for generations

Rose McGowan was born in one cult and came of age in another, more visible cult: Hollywood.

In a strange world where she was continually on display, stardom soon became a personal nightmare of constant exposure and sexualization. Rose escaped into the world of her mind, something she had done as a child, and into high-profile relationships. Every detail of her personal life became public, and the realities of an inherently sexist industry emerged with every script, role, public appearance, and magazine cover. The Hollywood machine packaged her as a sexualized bombshell, hijacking her image and identity and marketing them for profit.

Hollywood expected Rose to be silent and cooperative and to stay the path. Instead, she rebelled and asserted her true identity and voice. She reemerged unscripted, courageous, victorious, angry, smart, fierce, unapologetic, controversial, and real as f*ck.

BRAVE is her raw, honest, and poignant memoir/manifesto―a no-holds-barred, pull-no-punches account of the rise of a millennial icon, fearless activist, and unstoppable force for change who is determined to expose the truth about the entertainment industry, dismantle the concept of fame, shine a light on a multibillion-dollar business built on systemic misogyny, and empower people everywhere to wake up and be BRAVE.


The Review

The momentum of the #MeToo movement has created massive ripples – not just among the world of celebrities with the downfall of Weinstein and the recent case of Jeffrey Epstein. It has filtered through modern society and women are not going to take vile misogyny anymore. The discourse around sexual harassment has changed. Women have often felt that they have to prove they have been attacked or violated – it is their word against the attackers and it is the only type of case where the victim is scrutinised as much as the alleged perpetrator. This is changing and it must continue to change to protect the vulnerable.

Whilst the movement isn’t down to just one person, the importance role of Rose McGowan and her bravery cannot go unacknowledged. In her autobiography Brave she discusses the systemic sexism, male privilege and sexual harassment that many actresses like her have faced on a daily basis. And she is mad. She is pissed off and dammit she has a right to be.

The candour, honesty and amazing articulation that McGowan has allowed her to tell her fascinating story makes Brave such a compelling read. What she has been through makes you examine things that have happened to you. Things that you may have just brushed aside at the time or just laughed off uncomfortably are highlighted as someone else’s inappropriate behaviour. It is now, with Rose McGowan and others strong examples that we can call out this bad behaviour.

Rose McGowan is asking us all to be brave.

Brave by Rose McGowan is available now.

For more information regarding Rose McGowan (@rosemcgowan) please visit www.rosemcgowan.com.

For more information regarding HQ (@HQstories) please visit www.hqstories.co.uk.

Title: The Young Adult Writer’s Journey – An Encyclopedia for YA Writers

Author: Janet Schrader-Post and Elizabeth Fortin-Hinds

Pages: 199 Pages

Publisher: Tell Tale Publishing Group

The Blurb

Finally, an all-inclusive book on young adult fiction must-do, don’t do and how-to. If you want to write a young adult novel, you need to read this book first. Coauthored by an award-winning YA author and an acquisitions editor, both experts on kids and what they like to read, this encyclopedia contains all you need to start or improve a career as a YA fiction author. ​

From an examination of the market, genre and its sub-genres, to mechanics and the business, everything is at your fingertips. This amazing writer’s resource is written in a relaxed and interesting style, with plenty of contemporary references and examples for clear understanding and easier application.

The Review

The Young Adult Writer’s Journey is an excellent jumping off point for those who wish to write for a young audience. The book breaks down in very easy chunks how to approach this style of writing. It looks specifically at the expectations of the audience – the rules – and how writing for a young audience gives you a wide range for expression.

Furthermore, trope and features are highlighted in an easy to understand way with practical examples to help you understand them with context – either by citing a well known film or book for you to compare it to.

Writers Janet Schrader-Post and Elizabeth Fortin-Hinds really do hold your hand all the way through inception of your story idea to trying to get it published. It is a rarity that a book can take you through every phase in a way that is enjoyable to read and still feel practical.

The Young Adult Writers Journey by Janet Schrader-Post and Elizabeth Fortin-Hinds is available now.

For more information regarding Tell Tale Publishing Group (@TellTalePub) please visit www.tell-talepublishing.com.