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You know me well – Nina LaCour and David Levithan


Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed.

That is, until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way.

When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other. The story is told from different view points each chapter coming from the main characters

This is a sweet teen angst read, about coming out to your friends and family and being honest to those you love.  also there is a strong strong message of close and real friendships of people who are genuinely there for you when needed.

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And the mountains echoed – Khaled Hosseini


I think that this is my favourite of Hosseini’s novels to date . While it still looks at an aspect of Afghani society that is alien to us in NZ – the selling of children – I think it is more accessible than his earlier novels.

Abu and his sister Pari live in an isolated village in Afghanistan in the 1950s.

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But Pari is sold by her stepfather to a couple who cannot have children. The novel follows the lives of these families over the next generation, through the years of war and from Europe to America and back to Afghanistan again.

While it deals with one of Hosseini’s recurring theme – redemption – the story itself makes compelling reading. And again he creates a very vivid image of a fascinating land – landscape and history.