Title: When You Reach Me

Author: Rebecca Stead

Pages: 210 Pages

Publisher: Anderson Press

The Blurb

Miranda’s life is starting to unravel. Her best friend, Sal, gets punched by a kid on the street for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The key that Miranda’s mum keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then a mysterious note arrives:
‘I am coming to save your friend’s life, and my own.
I ask two favours. First, you must write me a letter.’

The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realises that whoever is leaving them knows things no one should know. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she’s too late.


The Review

When you reach me is a story of wrong first impressions, friendship and time travel. It is a sweet story that was recommended to me by one of the students that I work with and I am awfully glad that she did.

It is the story of Miranda and how she is given clues to her future but she doesn’t know what to do with those clues. When You Reach Me follows her journey of trying to work out the pieces of the puzzle. At the same time, she is dealing with a mother who is practising for a TV show where they could win a life changing sum of money and a friend who has an illness but is not sharing the information with Miranda.

It sounds a bit complicated but it is actually very intriguing and a wonderful read.

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead is available now.

For more information regarding Rebecca Stead (@rebstead) please visit www.rebeccastead.com.

Title: What Girls Are Made Of

Author: Elena K Arnold

Pages: 192 Pages

Publisher: Anderson Press

The Blurb

When Nina Faye was fourteen, her mother told her there was no such thing as unconditional love. Nina believed her. Now she’ll do anything for the boy she loves, to prove she’s worthy of him. But when he breaks up with her, Nina is lost. What is she if not a girlfriend? What is she made of? Broken-hearted, Nina tries to figure out what the conditions of love are.

The Review

What Girls Are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold was probably the most striking book that I read this year. In stark contrast to any young adult fiction that I have read before, this book opens up the question about female sexuality and how teenagers begin to explore this.

It is unapologetically bold in its delivery and the elements of art history add a layer of depth to the story.

I really enjoyed What Girls Are Made Of as it is the sort of story that stays with you long after reading. I don’t know if you can automatically tell if you like the actual story but its resonance indicates that it has had an impact on you.

What Girls Are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold is available now.