REVIEW: How Do You Like Me Now? - Holly Bourne

How Do You Like Me Now? - Holly Bourne
Published by Hodder & Stoughton on 31 May 2018.
My rating: 5/5
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Holly Bourne does adult fiction. That is a sentence that makes me want to squeal (loudly). In How Do You Like Me Now? She switches from the dramas of teenagehood to those of your thirties and if you’re a fan of her writing already, you’ll love this.

Tori Bailey has it all together and her incredible career gives her 100 bonus points in the competition that is living your best life. Her idyllic relationship gives her another 100. She’s basically top of the leaderboard.

However, she’s not engaged and there aren’t any kids on the way. Tori’s friends got bonus points for that and her friend Dee might even overtake her soon...As much as everyone tries to fight against it, life is about choices. Amazing careers take a lot of time, families take a lot of effort and ticking everything off your bucket list is not something you can do in a day. The idea of ‘doing it all’ is one that everyone seems to be fighting for. Social media is mostly a highlights reel of people’s lives and it feeds into this idea that you can simultaneously trek across Thailand, make meals from scratch, raise five children and demonstrate major success on your LinkedIn profile.

It’s easy to see what someone else has and forget how great you have it. But likewise, it’s easy to think you have it all when you’re just ticking off life’s checklist. It’s at this point in her life that Tori realises her priorities has changed and she has to act.

The writing was so true to life and witty that it was hard to see where the book ended and the real world began. It was this snarky humour that kept it current and engaging for me, showing that Holly Bourne is indeed some kind of mystical being that can write wonderfully for both teens and adults.

This one’s being classed as a ‘must read’ and I can fully understand why.

Love, Jess

I received a copy for review via Netgalley.

My Thoughts On All Of This Is True...

All Of This Is True - Lygia Day Penaflor
Published by Bloomsbury on 31st May 2018.
My rating: 3/5
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8.5.2018: Notes

I’m writing up my thoughts on this book in note form because this book is meta and this is meta and omg all the meta.

So, I started reading All Of This Is True on Friday. It was weird at first because it’s all in interview/text/note/excerpt form and there’s not much description/setting/sensory information. When it is there it’s written a bit like stage directions. Definitely a different reading experience. I like to think I’m a pretty good reader and I can ‘get into’ most books but this one took me a little while because it’s so different. You can’t really say that it’s written beautifully because it all comes down to the ideas.

The book is about a group of four teens who befriend their favourite YA author and she ends up writing a book about them - very intriguing. All told in the aftermath, like the Big Little Lies TV show (without the flashbacks, so not really like it at all).

By Saturday I was only 40 pages in so I took the book to the park with me. Reading in the park is nice because it’s sunny and it’s nice to read in other places than my bed. But, I kind of wish that the ground wasn’t so hard and/or that I had something to sit on. I ended up just leaning against my boyfriend but it meant for an okay reading experience. The books were better than the setup of sitting on the grass, put it that way. The story started progressing with quite a lot of twists and even though it’s jumping about with like four perspectives, it got a lot easier to keep up. I think the thing that slowed me down was stopping every ten minutes to admire the sprayed edges.

Sunday was Saturday all over again. More sitting at the park (this time on towels which are meant to be used on the beach but I lived hundreds of miles away from any sand so grass will have to do). I read the bulk of the book!!! And I got used to reading the ‘excerpts’ of the author’s novel about the teenagers. I normally don’t like excerpts of other books in books (aka Fangirl) but it started to draw me in even more. The balance between Miri’s view and Penny and Soleil meant I kept changing my mind about who I believed for a while until this point where I am SOLIDLY on Soleil’s side. Can I be her friend? Then there was a mega plot twist and it pulled on the heartstrings but I didn’t cry or even well up. Maybe I’m cold hearted or maybe it’s because of the format.

Monday aka the day it all came together. No park today but I crawled into bed at 8pm to finish it. All good books are read in beds, I’ve concluded. The final eighty pages kept the same pace and it’s not particularly fast but it’s still enjoyable. All the meta. Still a great concept.

What is my precious truth?
I like reading and this book was a solid 3/5 experience for me. Would read more Lygia Day Peñaflor but kind of scared of ever meeting her because I’ve been warned about meeting YA authors now…

Thank you Bloomsbury for sending me a copy for review.

REVIEW: Floored - The new collaborative YA novel

Floored - Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salibsury, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood
Published by Pan Macmillan on 12th July 2018.
My rating: 5/5
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Just the idea of seven of the best YA authors collaborating on a book is enough to make me need to read it.

In Floored, There are six main characters and a narrator. Hugo, Sasha, Joe, Kaitlyn, Dawson and Velvet. The group are together in a lift when something happens and this shared experience means that they stay in touch for the years that follow. Life drama ensues.

They all come from different backgrounds and are heading down different life paths, meaning there is clash after clash in their friendship. There’s also some complicated romance dynamics thrown in too. Unrequited love, crushes, manipulation, break-ups, long distance and so much more.

The story is told over the course of five years so you get to see these characters grow and change. I loved the element of the Whatsapp group and how the six kept in contact. It felt very current and also became a space for them to mature.

Without a doubt, my favourite character has to be Kaitlyn. She’s losing her sight at the start of the story and so it’s one of the rare YA books that focuses on a character with visual impairment. It’s hard to find characters like Kaitlyn, especially because books, if they feature disabled characters, usually opt for those who are completely blind. There's very rarely a sense of an in between state like Kaitlyn's visual impairment. Kaitlyn is also the sassiest character I’ve come across in a long time. I loved her bluntness and her hard exterior. She always seemed to know what she wanted and stood up for herself. When I was seventeen, my best friend was losing her sight and the perspectives of Kaitlyn’s friends during this time felt very true to my own experience. I’m really interested to hear what visually impaired readers think of her.

I also had a soft spot for Dawson, who’s acting career has washed up. He’s losing self-confidence and the only career path he’s ever known. Joe's home life made me cry towards the end. I worried about Velvet and Sasha too because of the lack of support they had from their families and spent the whole book hoping they got the better futures they deserved.

From deliberating over going to university, to making stupid mistakes, these friends grow and evolve in a moving way. It’s not all a sob fest, there are plenty of Harry Potter references and snarky comments, as you’d expect. Just prepare yourself for all kinds of emotions and be careful about reading it on a train like I did because there’s a high probability you’ll miss your stop.

I know that collaborative books like these won’t happy very often, which is what makes me treasure Floored even more. It’s a special book with a special place in my heart.

Love, Jess

Thank you Pan Macmillan for sending me a proof to review.

REVIEW: All These Beautiful Strangers - Elizabeth Klehfoth

All These Beautiful Strangers - Elizabeth Klehfoth
Published by Penguin on 16th July 2018.
My rating: 4/5
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After seeing my favourite booktubers championing All These Beautiful Strangers, I wanted so badly to be involved in the publicity for it. As many readers of my blog know, I have a bit of a soft spot for YA and thrillers. When I saw this YA thriller getting lots attention in the US, I had to read it!

All These Beautiful Strangers has: a missing person, a death and a secret society.

If it were a TV show, it would have Gossip Girl and Dynasty Vibes. Imagine rich teenagers being recruited into an elite secret society where they are blackmailed into doing all sorts of terrible things, from setting teachers up to getting other students expelled. What’s even more dark is that these students want to be involved. In some ways, the premise reminded me a little bit of Gilmore Girls and the Life and Death Brigade, only this one was way more creepy and missing Logan Huntzberger.

Charlie Calloway attends posh New England school, Knollwood, and she can’t wait to be an A (anyone else feeling some Pretty Little Liars vibes?). When she’s recruited she thinks she’ll do anything to make it through the tests, all while trying to find out what happened to her missing mother. With every false clue and red herring, the story becomes more complex and I found myself second guessing almost every character.

The perspective flickers between Charlie and her mother, Grace. In each of Grace’s sections, there’s just enough information to tease you but not enough for you to answer any of the blanks until the time is right. If you like a bit of mystery solving, or think you can solve any thriller, then this is a book that will challenge you. I found it so entertaining and despite being almost 500 pages, the story didn’t drag for a single second. Maybe this is because there are so many threads of plot. Another is the rumour of the boy that once died at Knollwood. No one seems to know why or how he died but he seems pretty important to the story.

Although none of the characters are overly likeable, they somehow draw you in. This is a monster of a book, and I mean that in the best way possible. It’s long and twisted so prepare yourself for a binge read.

Love, Jess

Thank you Penguin for sending me a copy for review.

'Everybody has a moral responsibility to actively support diverse books so they don’t get written off as a trend.' An Interview with Muhammad Khan

Muhammad Khan
Photo Credit: Sarah Blackie

Muhammad Khan is the YA author of I Am Thunder, published earlier this year. He's also a maths teacher at a secondary school and a student of MA Creative Writing. I am so happy to welcome him onto the blog today because not only do I think he's an absolute talent, but he's also one of the nicest authors I've met.

Your debut novel, I Am Thunder, has received lots of wonderful praise. How have you found readers’ reactions to the book?
Overwhelming! When I wrote the book, I honestly didn’t expect to see it selling in shops. I thought it was too controversial, highlighted too many uncomfortable truths, and allowed people who are often ignored to have a voice. I remember being told by an author not to worry if my book wasn’t reviewed in the press because unfortunately YA and children’s books are often considered inferior to adult books so when it started happening, it was the most incredible feeling in the world. I am so grateful to everyone who has supported the book!

There aren’t many other books that feature muslim teens. How do you think authors and publishers can work together to produce more UK YA books that are reflective of society?
I think the industry is generally very white and middle class. In order for it to be truly inclusive there needs to be representation at every level. But it’s definitely changing and I feel so privileged to be included in this movement. Everybody has a moral responsibility to actively support diverse books so they don’t get written off as a trend.

I find it so impressive that you balance being a maths teacher with being a YA author. How did you get started with your writing?
Thank you! I always wanted to be a writer, even pre-nursery. I loved the fact that you could create your own world and invent lives for the inhabitants. At nursery, the tough kids claimed all the best toys for themselves, so my outlet became playing make-believe through writing and drawing.

I’m sure all writers struggle and doubt themselves at some points. What motivated you to keep going?
My fantastic students! Literally the moment they found out I was a wannabe author, they championed me and encouraged me. When it was World Book Day, teachers were supposed to write their favourite book down on a poster and my students told me to write I Am Thunder even though I didn’t have an agent yet! I thought that was incredibly sweet. Sometimes I’d read them bits I’d written and they would give me unfiltered feedback. Instant feedback from your target audience is a godsend.

What parts of the story required more research and what kind of research did you do?
Virtually every aspect required lots of research. At times it was exhausting and mentally draining. The subject matter was so sensitive I couldn’t play fast and loose with it. Having been born into the faith/culture obviously really helped, as did being a teacher privy to confidential information, but anecdotes from my students and similar stories in the press informed a lot of the plot. As part of my research, I also interviewed some people in my community.

What was the hardest thing about writing I Am Thunder?
Trying to build a balanced picture of radicalisation and Islamophobia. It’s difficult to be objective when you’ve suffered both. My first reaction was to present my community as perfect, but then I realised that every Friday, the Imam of the mosque gives a sermon telling us as a community how we fall short of being perfect. That’s what I tried to do with the book: hold a mirror up to society and ask how we can make things better.

What was your favourite scene to write and why?
So many! I guess I really liked the scene when Muzna is determined to clear Mr Dunthorpe’s name because we get our first glimpse of who Muzna could be. I hate that shy people are often written off. They can be the most amazing people. I also loved writing the scene at Sarabi’s sister’s wedding. It was beautiful and colourful yet this is also the tipping point for Muzna when she begins to be led down a dark path.

This year you’ve already attended YA Shot and you’ll be at YALC too. What role do you think YA events have in helping new readers to find you?
Every time I get invited to another event, I am completely blown away by it and very, very grateful. I think YA events have the ability to raise the profile of books and authors who might otherwise be overlooked or considered ‘niche’. If we are going to be a truly tolerant and inclusive society, we need to read about each other. I can’t even begin to explain how empowering it is to see a Muslim hijabi character being embraced in this way.

What do you have planned next in your career as an author?
Kick The Moon is out next year with Macmillan. I want my stories to be entertaining but I also want them to have something important to say.

Lastly, what books have you been reading lately that you’ve enjoyed?
I’m currently doing an MA in Creative Writing at St Mary’s, Twickenham and I am lucky enough to get to read other students’ manuscripts. You learn so much that way. I really hope they all get snapped up by agents!

Somehow I have managed to squeeze in Sophie Cameron’s Out of The Blue – which is brilliant, Catherine Barter’s Troublemakers – which is amazing, and I’m currently reading Truly, Wildly, Deeply by Jenny McLachlan and really enjoying it.

Thank you for having me. I really enjoyed answering your questions.

Make sure you're following Muhammad on Twitter and if you haven't picked up I Am Thunder yet, you can read my review here.

Reading One Of My Most Anticipated Books Of 2018...

The Death of Mrs Westaway - Ruth Ware
Published by Harvill Secker on 28th June 2018.
My rating: 5/5
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Ruth Ware is a household name in the thriller genre these days and if you’re yet to throw yourself into one of her books, you’re missing out. She’s got that skill of being able to entertain and surprise you with her complex plots whilst maintaining a sense of realness to her stories. No one likes it when a thriller crosses the line into ridiculous but fear not, you don’t have to worry about that with Ware.

Her first three novels In A Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10 and The Lying Game were all great and she's particularly talented at creating vivid characters. Harriet Westaway is a struggling young woman working as a tarot card reader on a Brighton pier. She’s in debt to some terrifying people and trapped in a life of worrying. Then, she receives a letter in the post to say that she’s inherited some money from her grandmother. The name and address are right, but Hal doesn’t think it can be true. She has no known surviving grandparents.

This is a fantastic idea for a book. The combination of the a striking premise and the reputation of Ruth Ware made it one of my most highly anticipated books of 2018. It turned out to be a fast-paced and daring thriller which I couldn’t recommend enough.

While I found the plot confusing at times and really had to concentrate at the peak of this book, it was a rewarding read. The plot twists are shocking, the characters are gritty and the writing is fantastic. You do go back and forth a couple of times in the story and there are characters with similar names so you do have to pay attention.

The family have that wealthy kind of darkness, where everyone seems innocent on the outside and you never know who to trust. As Hal uncovers the mystery of what happened years ago, you are thrown about so much you’ll finish it with serious trust issues.

In short, this reminded me of exactly why I love reading thrillers so much.

Love, Jess

Thank you Penguin for an advance copy of The Death of Mrs Westaway.

'I never really thought someone like me could become an author' - An Interview with Karen Gregory

This is Karen.

Having recently read and reviewed Skylarks, I am so pleased to welcome Karen Gregory to the blog today. Karen is an Oxford university graduate and the author of YA novels Countless and Skylarks.

I’m so happy to have you on my blog, Karen. How have you found working with the blogging community in your profession as an author?

Thank you for having me! It’s been really lovely. The blogging community is amazing and it’s brilliant to feel part of a community where everyone is so passionate about books and reading. One thing I love is the level of care and insight from bloggers and reviewers; it’s a completely magical moment when you see people engaging with something you’ve written in such thoughtful ways.

Your first book, Countless, is about teenage pregnancy and eating disorders. You cover so many important topics on your fiction. How do you come up with your book ideas?

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I think it’s a mixture of things! I often seem to have a topic I’m interested in or concerned about in some way and over time a situation might form in my head in tandem with a character. I was very lucky with Countless, that the whole idea came in a big rush complete with the character and basic structure of the book, which definitely doesn’t happen to me every time!

I absolutely loved Skylarks, particularly the focus on money and the stigmas surrounding homelessness and benefits. What inspired you to write on such an awkward topic?

I’ve always been interested in social justice. When I left university, I worked in local government and the NHS for a number of years, so often saw the impact policy decisions have at a ground level. Austerity was a huge driver in my thinking: when I first started writing Skylarks back in 2015, we’d had five years of austerity so it was very much in my consciousness, and then seeing the results of cuts on various services amplified this for me. So, it was something that had been playing on my mind over a number of years and when the characters of Joni and Annabel came along, I was able to explore how social injustice played out on a personal level for the two of them.

In response to Joni’s money problems, she becomes politically active. I loved this and I think it will show YA readers that they have such a powerful role in politics. What was it like to write about this push for change?

I loved it! I’m not a ‘marchy’ sort of person – I’m more likely to write to my MP or give money to things quietly in the background, but it felt very empowering to write about Joni’s growing political awareness and activism. It was also really interesting because it threw up questions for me about how far it’s acceptable to go in the name of activism and social change, power dynamics and how much your social background impacts on your ability to effect change. There’s so much here to explore, I could never have done it justice in one book, but I enjoyed touching on and thinking about all these issues in Joni’s story. I think all the things I write are quite hopeful and Skylarks does feel to me like a realistic, but ultimately hopeful book.

Skylarks is not only about Joni’s home life, her relationship with Annabel is a huge aspect of the story. I couldn’t believe how two characters could go from disliking each other to liking each other so much, but you wrote it really naturally. What are the challenges of writing romance?

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I think the biggest challenge for me was pacing and how to get the balance right between moving the story along while showing an organic progression from mutual misunderstanding to Joni and Annabel falling in love. I worked on this in edits as there were a few scenes which ended up being repetitive, so these got cut from the final version. Overall though, I loved writing the romance! I’ve been saying to everyone this is my ‘happy’ book because I really did feel so happy writing it.

Becoming an author is a challenge in itself. What is your publishing story?

I never really thought someone like me could become an author. I’ve always read voraciously and did have that ‘maybe one day’ ambition in the back of my mind, but I lacked the confidence and self-belief to really try until after I’d had my first baby in 2008. I started with short stories and then attempted my first novel, which I really hope will get published in some form one day! I didn’t know anyone in the publishing world, so I used the internet and the Writers & Artists Yearbook to query agents. Claire Wilson at Rogers, Coleridge and White offered me representation in 2015 and then Countless (which was the second book we put on submission to editors) came out in 2017! So from that first tentative short story to publication was almost exactly nine years. Along the way there were two shelved manuscripts, a number of agent and publisher rejections and a lot of trying to learn the craft using books on writing and online resources.

I’ve read that you’re a project manager by day. How do you fit in writing as well as your job? It’s like having two careers!

It is! But I also work part-time which helps a lot. I’ve actually moved roles very recently (too late to update my author bio!) which has given me some flexibility. I tend to write in bursts, often doing large chunks of writing or edits every other weekend when my children are at their dad’s. It can get quite busy and intense around publication time and last year in particular my social life certainly took a massive hit. I’m very lucky I’ve got an understanding and supportive family and friends who are still there even after I disappear for weeks at a time. The other thing I’ve found is that having a day job is actually really helpful in terms of providing routine, structure and other human beings to talk to! I’m really, really lucky, if occasionally slightly ragged around the edges.

If you could do any kind of book event or attend any kind of book event in the world, what would it be?

Ooh! I think it would be some sort of event with all my bookish friends and family in a bookshop with lots of comfy sofas. I’d invite all the authors whose books I’ve loved over the years, from Judith Kerr to Margaret Atwood and basically quiz them non-stop about their books and writing process. I’d have a gigantic stack of books for them to sign and piles of cake. I’d also invite all the authors my children are mad about – a long list currently headed up by J.K. Rowling, David Walliams and Jacqueline Wilson. As this is an imaginary event, I’d probably transport the bookshop somewhere by the sea and once the children were in bed, I’d sit on the beach watching the sun going down with my new author friends and a hot chocolate… I think I may just have found my happy place!

I’m sure you’re an avid reader too. What books are you loving at the moment?

My TBR is completely out of control right now. I’ve been desperately trying to squeeze in more YA before I get too immersed in the next book as then I like to pull back, at least from contemporary and read something different. The last two contemporary YA books I completely adored were Holly Bourne’s It Only Happens in the Movies and Sara Barnard’s Goodbye Perfect. I think I’ll be switching to fantasy next: I can’t wait to read State of Sorrow and Children of Blood and Bone and I’ve also just started the second Bone Season book on audio. In terms of adult reads, I got Kit de Waal’s The Trick to Time for my birthday and I am so excited to read it, but I’m saving it for a slightly quieter time so I can really savour it.  

Non-fiction wise I recently read The War on Women by Sue Lloyd-Roberts which was an incredibly difficult but important read, Mary Beard’s Women in Power and I’ve been reading Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls with my children. I’ve also got Maggie O’Farrell’s I Am, I Am, I Am waiting for me on the kindle.

Finally, can you tell us anything about what you’ve got planned for the rest of the year?

There’s various things planned around publication for Skylarks such as interviews, twitter chats and blog pieces. I’m also really looking forward to going to the Leeds Book Awards later in May and YALC in July. I loved YALC last year so I’m really looking forward to being back this year! I’m also hoping to squeeze in some school and library visits too, the latter as part of the YA Shot outreach programme. In terms of other writing, I’m currently in the middle of something new, which I’m very excited about, then after that I have several projects lined up in my head, all waiting to be written. Exciting times!

It really is! I recommend you check out Karen's books Countless and Skylarks. You can also follow her on Twitter and check out her blog.

BLOG TOUR: Dear Martin - Nic Stone

Dear Martin - Nic Stone
Published by Simon & Schuster on 3rd May 2018
My rating: 5/5
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Unless you’ve been on an internet ban for the last few months, you have amnesia, or you don’t normally read contemporary YA (I’m not sure which is worst) you’ll be familiar with the cover for Dear Martin. American booktubers and book bloggers have been raving about this incredible debut from Nic Stone and I’ve had my eye on it for a long time.

Dear Martin tells the story of Justyce, a smart high schooler on track for Yale. It sounds like he has a pretty good life on paper. However his white friends, participation in debate club and excellent grades don’t exempt him from facing racism and he’s painfully aware of the police brutality in his home country. To process all of his thoughts, he starts writing letters to Martin Luther King Jr and asking: what would Martin do?

At less than 300 pages, this is a direct and to the point read. Despite being short, it packs in buckets of emotion and left me feeling like it might be the most blunt novel I’ve ever read.

Justyce’s voice is so raw and real that he’s a memorable character amongst lots of the same in YA. At times the dialogue is turned into a script, with no space for setting or movement. All that matters is the conversation, both inside the book and out. I say that because this book has already got so many readers in the US talking and it’s bound to have the same effect in the UK.

One of the most prominent and important themes is how Justyce has to deal with the ignorance of the white guys in his school and the police outside of school, not to mention the media storm after the shots are fired. On top of that, he thinks he might be falling for a white girl his mum would never approve of. This level of tension is present right from the outset as the novel starts when he’s wrongfully arrested for helping his drunk girlfriend and from there, everything just keeps getting worse. So much happens in this tightly written story and most of it is heart-breaking.

This is a direct and heart-wrenching reflection of a society that is making a lot of noise about change and now needs to follow through.

Love, Jess

Thank you Simon & Schuster for providing a review copy.

I Read A Book Approved By Emma Watson...

In Search of Us - Ava Dellaria
Published by Hot Key on 6th March 2018.
My rating: 4/5
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I first heard of Ava Dellaira’s Love Letters To The Dead when I saw Emma Watson raving about it on social media. Any book that Emma Watson has approved is one I want to look into. So, I ended up buying Love Letters To The Dead and enjoying it. A few years later and Ava Dellaria is back with another YA novel. This time I didn’t need the celebrity endorsement to trust it would be a fantastic read.

In Search Of Us is a parallel story between a mother and daughter at age seventeen. Marilyn’s story is of falling in love and breaking away from her controlling mother while Angie’s is about her determination to find her father.

It got me thinking that parenting is a really difficult line. What is overparenting? What is too much freedom? What about providing some guidance? From the perspective of the seventeen year old girl, half the time they couldn’t figure out what they needed from their mother. So where are the mothers meant to start?

Marilyn’s life as a teenager revolves around her mother’s desire to make her rich and famous, while she sets her heart on studying. She falls in love with their neighbour, James, making life even more complicated. In contrast, Angie’s life as a teenager is one of secrets. All she knows is her father allegedly died before she was born, but Marilyn won’t say anything else so Angie must embark on a road trip towards the truth. Both women are strong-willed and characters that are so easy to align with. I found myself wrapped up in Marilyn and Angie’s mindsets entirely, almost as though I’d become them.

Dellaira’s literary style makes this book rich in atmosphere. I could feel the heat (temperature wise, calm down) and picture the apartments so vividly. I read the book a little bit at a time because it was overwhelming to absorb everything at once. The sensory details are incredible.

From the romance between Marilyn and James, to the dark twist, this book crossed genres and styles. It felt literary in parts, typically contemporary YA in others, but one thing is for sure: this is a thought-provoking and heart-shattering read pumped full of emotion. It stole all of my sympathy.

Love, Jess

Thank you for Hot Key Books for providing a copy for review.

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