Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – Book Review

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After meeting online, Simon Spier has been in contact with the elusive Blue over email, sharing their experiences of coming out with one another. It’s not long before the pair are really close, sharing secrets that they wouldn’t even tell their best friends. What’s more, not only do Blue and Simon go to the same school, but they are in the same year – as Simon begins to fall for Blue, he wants to know Blue’s real identity…

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – Book Review

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To allow her to express her feelings, Lara Jean decided to write 5 letters to all the boys she has had a crush on in the past. Of course, these letters were never meant to be sent. Until one day, when they mysteriously find their way out of her special hiding space, and all of a sudden, her next door neighbour and her sister’s boyfriend, Josh Sanderson, and the popular loved-by-everyone Peter Kavinsky, among others, know the intense feelings she once had for them. Now she must face the boys who once meant so much to her as she begins to realise that some still do…

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Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda – book review

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A month after a terrible flood took her ex-boyfriend Caleb’s life, Jessa is asked by Caleb’s mother to tidy their house to prepare them for moving. As she begins to sort his belongings, she learns more and more about the boy she thought she knew. As the memories overwhelm her, she begins to piece together his story, until she’s left with a picture that is unrecognisable – what exactly happened on that bridge, and was it his fault?

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Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell – book review

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When new girl Eleanor sits next to Park on the school bus for the first time, they don’t think that they’ll ever become friends, let alone even speak to one another. Through mix tapes and comic books, the pair begin to get to know each other and forget how different they are; Eleanor, who wears mis-matched clothes and struggles to get along with her step-father and Park, who does everything he can to sink into the background. Slowly, as they get to know each other they forget how different they are and experience what it is like to fall in love for the first time.

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Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

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Finding Audrey is the story of teenager Audrey, a girl who is unable to leave the house and who wears dark glasses at all times. It hasn’t always been this way – an event at school caused other girls to be excluded –  and Audrey herself staying in hospital for mental health treatment.

One day, her brother’s friend Linus begins to talk to Audrey and helps her to venture into the outside world again. As they get to know each other, she finally feels like she is on the road to recovery and is then able to move on.

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Yoon’s Everything, Everything is the story of Maddy, a teenager, who, since she can remember, has been house-bound due to SCID, a condition meaning that any contact with the outside world could trigger a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. In addition, she cannot have any visitors to her house unless they have been thoroughly decontaminated. However, everything soon begins to change when a new family moves next door. She soon gets to know the eldest, Olly, and as she starts to message him on IM, she wishes she could meet him in the flesh. As they become closer, she starts to worry that her illness will get in the way of their relationship and questions whether her situation will ever change…

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Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

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Holding Up the Universe tells the story of two teenagers called Libby and Jack. Libby, a girl whose struggle with weight led to her becoming trapped in her house, finds that since that event people have struggled to forget that she was once “America’s Fattest Teen”. Jack, on the other hand, has been hiding his prosopagnosia (face blindness) from his friends and family. As the pair get to know each other, they learn that it’s what a person is like on the inside that counts.

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Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

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In Callum and Sephy’s society, Noughts, the white citizens,  are ruled by Crosses, the black citizens. Callum, a Nought, and Sephy, a Cross,  who have been friends since childhood, soon learn that Noughts and Crosses simply don’t mix when Callum goes to a mainly Crosses school for the first time. As they get closer, they find it harder and harder to be together. Then, everything changes when the bomb goes off…

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The Manifesto on How to be Interesting by Holly Bourne

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Bree is the opposite  of what is defined as “popular” at her school. While most of her year are partying, Bree prefers to write. As her pile of rejection letters for the book she has written grows, Bree is told she needs to live a life worth writing about. She sets up a blog and begins to write The Manifesto on How to be Interesting, but she soon finds out that being popular is not all that it seems…

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Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher

 

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Zoe did something terrible, and somehow, she managed to get away with it. Ever since the incident she has kept what really happened a secret, until one day when she decides to write to a stranger to try and come to terms with what she has done. It’s no ordinary stranger though. It’s someone who knows about secrets – a murderer on death row in Texas, America. Zoe picks up a pen and begins to write…

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