AttachmentsTitle: Attachments

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Pages: 323 Pages

Publisher: Orion Publising

The Blurb

“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . “

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say . . . ?

The Review

Why, oh why, has it taken me four years to read Attachments by Rainbow Rowell?

Confession time. I have all of her books but have only actually read Eleanor & Park. I loved Eleanor & Park so it makes absolutely no sense as to why I haven’t hoovered all over her books.

Well no more my bookish friends! 2018 will be the year I read the rest because I can now add Attachments to the list of Rainbow Rowell books that I love.

In attachments we meet Lincoln. He is I his late twenties and feeling a little lost, like life hasn’t done what it was supposed to do. He has moved home after drifting around for a bit and is essentially trying to figure out his next move which happens to be an internet security officer at a news paper.

Cue Beth. Beth and her best friend Jennifer both work at the newspaper and send emails to each other all the time which are not in regulation with company policy. Lincoln knows this because he is in charge of reading them. He falls in love with Beth’s words and, as the title goes, forms an attachment with what could be.

The story is one long meet cute. We are desperate for these two characters to meet, realise that they are perfect for each other and fall in love but Rowell cleverly keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the novel hoping that they will but she also gives you the satisfying “and more” that some writers either forget to o or allow your own imaginations run away with themselves. Personally, I prefer the writer to guide me so for that reason I applaud Rainbow Rowell.

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35 Stars

Love, Hate and Other FiltersTitle: Love, Hate & Other Filters

Author: Samira Ahmed

Pages: 288 Pages

Publisher: Hot Key Books

The Blurb

A romantic and relevant debut about Islamophobia and how it affects the normal life of a teenage girl. 

Maya Aziz dreams of being a film maker in New York. Her family have other ideas. They want her to be a dutiful daughter who wears gold jewellery and high heels and trains to be a doctor. But jewellery and heels are so uncomfortable . . .

She’s also caught between the guy she SHOULD like and the guy she DOES like. But she doesn’t want to let Kareem down and things with Phil would never work out anyway. Would they?

Then a suicide bomber who shares her last name strikes in a city hundreds of miles away and everything changes . . .

Perfect for fans of Annabel Pitcher, WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI and THE HATE U GIVE.

The Review

Being a teenager is hard. I’m 34 and work in a school and I do not envy my students youth one bit. If they are going through even half of what the protagonist of Love Hate & Other Filters is going through then they have things pretty tough; you wouldn’t get me going back to that age for a big clock!

Maya is a young, talented, pretty girl. She is ambitious. She wants to study film in New York and she wants to kiss a boy. Ok that last one doesn’t seem like the biggest ambition but to Maya who has lived a cosseted life due to her strict Indian upbringing it is something that she would like to try.

Alas, Maya seems to be struggling against most things such as liking a boy, snarky people in her school and general teenage life worries. Throw in the added extra of seriously overprotective and intrusive parents and – as you can imagine – Maya’s life is just that extra bit difficult. Many of the readers of Love, Hate & Other Filters will be able to relate.

I really enjoyed this young adult fiction novel and the reason I liked it is because I wasn’t reading in a passive manner. There were times when I was reading Love, Hate and Other Filters that I felt the same feeling of claustrophobia that Maya felt. Ahmed has so accurately and positively described that feeling that I found myself getting frustrated at her parents as if they were mine.

Besides normal teen angst, Love, Hate & Other Filters deals with hate crime and racism in a powerful way. It leaves a lasting impression on the reader.

Love, Hate & Other Filters is one of the best books that I have read in the Young Adult genre.

Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed is available now.

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5 Stars

Title: Ibiza Insanity (Summer Flings, #5)

Author: Aimee Duffy

Pages: 40 Pages

Publisher: Harper Impulse

The Blurb

Part 5 of Summer Flings – a fun, flirty and laugh out loud rom com series of short stories.

After their not-so-relaxing week in the sun, the girls are off to the clubbing capital of the world to let off some steam.

Skater boys, Ibiza’s Next Top Model Competition and skimpy gold bikini’s don’t compare to the man Ciara’s desperate to cheer up. She’s beginning to realize her summer fling isn’t as uncomplicated as it should be.

To make things worse, she finds out that her best friends are keeping secrets from her that could change everything…

The ideal summer treat for those relaxing days soaking up the sun!

The Review

Oh Ibiza is the party town and Gem and Elle are ready to party. Ciara is too loved up to really care. Zack and Ciara are flinging away and I won’t lie to you…it is a little steamy.

Ibiza Insanity wasn’t my favourite of the Summer Flings series but mainly because the rest have been so very good. What Ibiza Insanity does do is start to dangle some serious plot clues and cliffhangers that I am excited to learn more about.

Ibiza Insanity (Summer Flings, #5) by Aimee Duffy is available now.

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3 StarsIbi

Title: Geeks Go Greek (Summer Flings, #4)

Author: Aimee Duffy

Pages: 40 Pages

Publisher: Harper Impulse

The Blurb

Part 4 of Summer Flings – a fun, flirty and laugh out loud rom com series of short stories.

Who needs fun when you can chill out in a stunning villa in Santorini all week and be pampered in every which way possible? Ciara does.

After an unfortunate wardrobe faux par, challenging her friends to jet ski racing, and hooking up with an unexpected visitor, Ciara’s all about sex on the beach…the yacht…in the sea – wherever and whenever really. And she’s not alone. It’s the perfect fling in theory but what happens when their Greek adventure comes to an end?

The ideal summer treat for those relaxing days soaking up the sun!

The Review

Well, well, well, looks like Ciara and Zack can’t stay away from each other. Zack has turned up in Greece and Ciara can’t be happier. Actually, she could – she has been comfort eating since Paris and now has camel toe in her clothes. Oops.

In the slightly less serious instalment of the Summer Flings series we see Ciara and Zack determined to just have some fun….yes, you are right, a fling that happens in summertime…like the series states.

Geeks Go Greek offers a bit of comic relief from the seriousness found in Point Us to Paris and offers us a little bit of light and shade to the whole series.

Geeks Go Greek (Summer Flings, #4) by Aimee Duffy is available now.

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3 Stars

The Truth and Lies of Ella BlackTitle: The Truth and Lies of Ella Black

Author: Emily Barr

Pages: 346 Pages

Publisher: Penguin Random House Children’s UK

The Blurb

Ella Black seems to live the life most other seventeen-year-olds would kill for . . . Until one day, telling her nothing, her parents whisk her off to Rio de Janeiro. Determined to find out why, Ella takes her chance and searches through their things. And realises her life has been a lie. Her mother and father aren’t hers at all. Unable to comprehend the truth, Ella runs away, to the one place they’ll never think to look – the favelas. But there she learns a terrible secret – the truth about her real parents and their past. And the truth about a mother, desperate for a daughter taken from her seventeen years ago . . .

The Review

Emily Barr has really knocked it out the park with her latest young adult novel. The Truth and Lies of Ella Black is a superb psychological thriller for the young adult audience.

Our eponymous heroine Ella Black has a dark side that she has always tried to keep hidden away but when her parents whisk her off on an impromptu holiday and take her phone away from her, Ella’s bad side starts creeping out.

The holiday to Rio reveals some things about Ella’s past that cause her whole word to crumble an Ella ends up finding her real self by getting lost in the hustle and bustle of one of Rio’s favelas.

Barr has really created a character with depth and emotional layers with Ella Black. She is easy to relate to and you cannot help but feel her desperation. She is brave and fierce and definitely a heroine for generation Z.

The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr is available now.

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3 Stars