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Turtles all the way down – John Green

download.pngJohn Green confronts issues that face today’s youth.

Turtles all the way down is narrated by Aza Holmes, who suffers from a self-absorbing obsessive-compulsive disorder. The base narrative is a ‘whodunnit’ as Aza and her closest friend aim to solve the mystery of a missing millionaire.

Aza’s OCD governs her life –  her interactions with her mother, her friends, and her possible relationships. Her ‘logical’ descriptions of what germs could be transferred during a kiss is both bittersweet and believable.

I found getting to know how the mind of one OCD sufferer worked invaluable and worrying.

I’m sure that this will be a best seller!


The Museum of You – Carys Bray

This was certainly a very different kind of novel and one that I quite enjoyed. 26889460.jpgThe most difficult thing I found was the main character’s name – Clover! Despite being chosen for have ‘love’ in the middle of it.

Clover’s mother died shortly after she was born. Her father has hidden away all memories of her, but Clover wants to know more.

Her mission is to create a museum for her Mum, of all the things she finds and catalogues in their home. The truth is not always what we expect.

Unusual, interesting and very readable.


The Special Ones – Em Bailey

special-onesI don’t want to write too much about this one – as I don’t want to give too many spoilers away! But this is a very enthralling story.

Four characters living on a remote farm, where they are controlled as the ‘special ones’. They live without the luxuries of modern day life. They are watched 24/7 to make sure that they do not step outside the rules of their world. When they get too big or too old they are ‘renewed’ and a new version takes their place.

Well written and suspenseful, but maybe for a more mature reader.





The Hired Girl – Laura Amy Schlitz, Newberry medal winner

Ruled by a brutal father and brothers and missing her dead mother, 14-year-old Joan Skraggs runs away from her family’s Pennsylvania farm, makes her way to Baltimore, and is rescued from a park bench by a well-dressed young man. She presents herself as Janet Lovelace, age 18, and becomes “the hired girl,” a servant to the Rosenbachs — a prosperous Jewish family who own a department store. Janet keeps a diary, and the reader quickly gleans that her notions of life come from three books: “Jane Eyre,” “Dombey and Son” and “Ivanhoe.” “I plan to go on as bravely as a heroine in a novel,” she writes. “In my new life I’m not going to be vulgar. Even though I’m going to be a servant I’m going to cultivate my finer feelings. I will better myself and write with truth and refinement.”

Janet, the book implies, may one day be an author. But first, she has to scrub floors, beat carpets, iron sheets and wash dishes while keeping kashrut. She’s a tough and determined protagonist, but also impulsive, a bit of a meddler and an irrepressible romantic hungry for an education.  A very enjoyable read giving an insight into jewish customs and ways


The Marble collector – By Cecelia Ahern

The Marble Collector is a thought-provoking novel about family and how the most ordinary decisions we make, can have the most extraordinary consequences for how we live our lives. Also how sometimes it’s only by shining a light on someone else, that you can truly understand yourself.

This is a story of a tough Irish family and how the game of marbles is some how central to their lives and the journey to adulthood.

When Sabrina Boggs stumbles upon a mysterious collection of her fathers belongings, her seemingly uneventful life suddenly alters and shifts.

A box of possessions.

A father with no memory.

A daughter with just one day.

To piece together the past.



The Feathered Bone – By Julie Cantrell

The Feathered Bone is a challenging must read that forces us to face our greatest fears and believe in hope despite them.

It is a dark and sad story about 2 young girls who are on a school trip together in New Orleans, when one of them goes missing.

This is also about Amanda, a mother who was also on  the trip who was in charge of the girls and how this tragedy untangles her and her family.


The time in between – Nancy Tucker

Through her teenage years, in thrall to eating disorders, Nancy Tucker did almost manage to disappear

From the bleak reality of her body breaking down to the electric mental highs of starvation, “The time in between” is poignant and unforgettable: memoir of a young women, now 22, who against all odds insists on soaring.


This is a very real and sad insight into a young women’s battle with her anorexia and bulimia nervosa. a sad and true tale of how it destroys not only her own hopes and dreams but also those of her family around her.