Title: The Poet X
Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
Pages: 368 Pages
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Xiomara has always kept her words to herself. When it comes to standing her ground in her Harlem neighbourhood, she lets her fists and her fierceness do the talking.
But X has secrets – her feelings for a boy in her bio class, and the notebook full of poems that she keeps under her bed. And a slam poetry club that will pull those secrets into the spotlight.
Because in spite of a world that might not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to stay silent.
The Poet X is a story told entirely in verse. This in itself is nothing new. We have seen other writers express themselves in this way – notably, Sarah Crossan. The Poet X takes this concept and almost has writer Elizabeth Acevedo bleed her thoughts and emotions on the page.
The story is about Xiamora. It is about being a teenager. It is about being of Dominican descent and what is expected of her. It is about being a girl in a world that favours the male. Mostly, it is about growing up with these life conditions and trying to find your own place and not the one that is expected by her extremely religious mother.
My heart broke so many times when I read this story. As a reader, you feel the claustrophobia that Xiamora feels. How the world is both so big and so small at the same time.
The Poet X is amazing. Read it now.
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo is available now.
For more information regarding Elizabeth Acevedo (@AcevedoWrites) please visit www.acevedowrites.com.
For more information regarding Electric Monkey (@EMTeenFiction) please visit www.electricmonkeybooks.co.uk.
Title: The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Author: Emily Danforth
Pages: 466 Pages
The night Cameron Post’s parents died, her first emotion was relief. Relief they would never know that hours earlier, she’d been kissing a girl.
Now living with her conservative Aunt in small-town Montana, hiding her sexuality and blending in becomes second nature to Cameron until she begins an intense friendship with the beautiful Coley Taylor.
Desperate to ‘correct’ her niece, Cameron’s Aunt takes drastic action.
Now Cameron must battle with the cost of being her true-self even if she’s not completely sure who that is.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a stunning and unforgettable literary debut about discovering who you are and finding the courage to live life according to your own rules.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a real eye-opener of a book. I’ve always known that the LGBT community have a hard time of things but what Emily Danforth has done is written a story that shows the truly insidious nature of what some families will do to make sure that their child stops ‘being gay’.
Whilst I enjoyed The Miseducation of Cameron Post I did find the story quite slow paced. It took me much longer than it normally would to read the whole book.
I would recommend this story though. It really does make you aware of how much being a lesbian or being gay is still seen as a negative thing in middle-America.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth is available now.
For more information regarding Emily Danforth (@emdanforth) please visit www.emdanforth.com.
For more information regarding Penguin (@PenguinUKBooks) please visit www.penguin.co.uk.
Title: A Series of Unfortunate Events: A Bad Beginning
Author: Lemony Snicket
Pages: 142 Pages
Publisher: Harper Collins
Are you made fainthearted by death? Does fire unnerve you? Is a villain something that might crop up in future nightmares of yours? Are you thrilled by nefarious plots? Is cold porridge upsetting to you? Vicious threats? Hooks? Uncomfortable clothing?
It is likely that your answers will reveal A Series of Unfortunate Events to be ill-suited for your personal use. A librarian, bookseller, or acquaintance should be able to suggest books more appropriate for your fragile temperament. But to the rarest of readers we say, “Proceed, but cautiously.”
I’ve had the Lemony Snicket Series on my Kindle for a while now. I took advantage of an offer on Amazon to buy the whole series for 99p (99p – it is currently retailing for £42!). I decided to start reading it because I needed to read a new book with my students in school, after one chapter in to A Bad Beginning I knew that this was the right book.
It is a classic story of orphaned children and insidious family members with a dollop of disbelieving adults thrown in the mix. The Baudelaire children are sent to live with their insidious uncle Count Olaf who is desperate to get his money on the Baudelaire fortune and he will do absolutely anything to get it. Anything.
If you like your books to have high drama and high jinx then A Bad Beginning is the book for you. I’m off to read the sequel.
A Series of Unfortunate Events: A Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket is available now.
For more information regarding Lemony Snicket (@lemonysnicket) please visit www.LemonySnicketLibrary.com.
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Title: Geek Girl Special (1) – All Wrapped Up
Author: Holly Smale
Pages: 220 Pages
Publisher: Harper Collins UK
All I want for Christmas is… a new GEEK GIRL story!
Harriet Manners knows a lot about Christmas.
She knows that every year Santa climbs down 91.8 million chimneys.
She knows that Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer was almost definitely a girl.
She knows that the first artificial Christmas trees were made out of goose feathers.
But this Christmas is extra special for Harriet, because four days ago she had her First Ever Kiss.
Now she just needs to work out what’s supposed to happen next…
A romantic festive treat from the internationally bestselling award-winning author of the GEEK GIRL series. Also includes a BONUS previously unpublished GEEK GIRL short story TEAM GEEK!
I read Geek Girl by Holly Smale ages ago. It was so long ago that I can’t actually remember when it was. At the time I loved it. So it is a massive puzzle to me as to why I haven’t read the rest. I own them but I just haven’t read any of them. It is rather curious.
The Geek Girl Special (1) – All Wrapped Up sees Harriet go on her first real date. As we have come to expect from Harriet, she is awkward and gawky but she manages to actually come across as the more in control person when she is taken ice skating. Something she is surprisingly good at. But will she get a Christmas kiss?
Geek Girl Special (1) – All Wrapped Up has made me want to hurry up and read the rest of the series and that is what I intend to do.
Geek Girl Special (1) All Wrapped Up by Holly Smale is available now.
For more information regarding Holly Smale (@HolSmale) please visit www.holly-smale.com.
For more information regarding Simon & Schuster (@simonandschusterUK) please visit www.simonandschuster.co.uk.
Title: Paper Avalanche
Author: Lisa Williamson
Pages: 375 Pages
Publisher: David Fickling Books
When it comes to flying under the radar, Ro Snow is the expert. No friends. No boys. No parties. And strictly NO VISITORS. It may be lonely but at least this way the truth remains where it should – hidden. Then Tanvi Shah, the girl who almost died, comes tumbling back into her life and Ro finds herself losing control of her carefully constructed lies. Because if Ro’s walls come crumbling down, who’s going to take care of Bonnie… Bonnie. Never Mum or Mummy or Mother. Just Bonnie.
Before I start the review I would just like to thank Carolyn McGlone for inviting me to be a part of the blog tour and sending me a copy of Paper Avalanche to review.
Paper Avalanche is the story of Ro Snow. She is a loner who tries to be as small and unnoticeable as she can possibly be. She has no friends and she likes it that way. Friends would only complicate her life. When she is pursued by Tanvi Shah, a girl from school who just wants to befriend Ro, Ro begins to soften and actually enjoy the company of others.
But it does complicate things; especially when it comes to her mother, Bonnie.
I really don’t want to talk too much about the context of Paper Avalanche. I really just want to beg you all to read it and to get lost in this wonderful new novel from Lisa Williamson. It is truly a magnificent story. Williamson has taken a topic that is so far removed from anything that I have ever read before and she has packaged it up in a way that will truly touch her readership.
One thing that struck me whilst I read this book was that I genuinely hadn’t been angry at a character in a book since Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and the introduction of Delores Umbridge. Bonnie had me that incensed.
I really didn’t think that this late in the year that I would read another contender for my ‘Book of the Year’ but Paper Avalanche has done just that. It is truly special.
Paper Avalanche by Lisa Williamson is available from 3rd January 2018.
For more information regarding Lisa Williamson (@lisa_letters) please visit www.lisawilliamsonauthor.com.
For more information regarding David Fickling Books (@DFB_storyhouse) please visit www.davidficklingbooks.com.