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John 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!
Salt Creek is a real place in South Australia and some of the characters who appear on Treloar’s novel are historical figures. The story however, is fiction.
Set between 1855-1875 the story follows the lives of early Australian settlers, the Finch family – their misfortunes and fascinating times in the remote and harsh landscape of Salt Creek.
European attempts at farming destroy the natural habitat of the first inhabitants – the Ngarrindjeri. The social conscience of these early Australian settlers is soon taken over by the stronger desire to survive in their own terms.
The narrator, Hester Finch, tells the story as a series of flashbacks after her return to England, where despite everything she had to endure at Salt D=Creek, she misses the beauty if the landscape and the people.
I’d read a couple of not so good reviews of this before I started reading, but to be honest, I thought it was a pretty engaging read.
7 teens who have severe insomnia (along with a multitude of other disorders) are brought together for an ‘experimental’ cure. Needless to say, something goes horribly wrong and the 7 are locked in what looks to be coma-like dream state. What the scientists are not aware of though is that the 7 are experiencing each other’s ‘nightmares’.
Enough of a ‘back-story’ was provided (cleverly through the use of a student intern ‘reading’ the case files) to enable me to be invested in wanting to know the outcomes for the characters.
Now I’ll have to read the sequel!
This was certainly a very different kind of novel and one that I quite enjoyed. The 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.
I cannot say whether I really enjoyed this book or not, as it is such a long time since I’ve read a book that deals with such complex, mystical, dark and powerful themes. The secrets that it holds are painful and difficult, and the way it touches upon such subjects is whimsical, powerful and filled with respect. It shows the reader that lies and secrets are our own undoing, and it does so with grace.
If you enjoyed We Were Liars, this is a whole step up in terms of twisting deception and dramatic, extravagant writing style. It’s dark, borderline fantasy and I recommend if you pick it up have an open mind as there is a lot going on in this Debut Novel.
The accident season has been a part of Cara’s life for as long as she can remember. A month of mysterious injuries and tragedies, which cast a constant shadow over Cara and her family. This year, the accident season will break more than just bones. As Cara is starting to ask questions – and all her family’s secrets will rise to the surface.
To be honest, this reminded me of What’s eating Gilbert Grape – gorgeous male character with a less than normal brother and father meets alienated girl – they hit it off immediately and as the song goes ‘their worlds collide’ .
Sam cannot escape the cycle of poverty, crime amd homelessness that his father has created for them, because he feels responsible for his younger, slightly autistic brother, Riddle.
Sam is a gifted musician (self taught of course) and has movie star looks. But many things are against Sam and Emily’s relationship lasting…..
A teenage angst book, not about a teenage girl in ‘angst’!!!
Simon sends an email revealing sexuality and it inadvertently falls into the wrong hands – the hands of Martin, who happens to fancy Simon’s best friend.
Martin, naturally blackmails Simon – set me up with your friend or I’ll share your secrets online!
Simon and his group, go through a couple of rough patches as their friendship is tested by this somewhat strange interloper!
Has all the key elemenst you;d expect in a teenage high school ‘drama’ – social functions, group work, parenst who do not undertsand, tiffs with friends……
Funny in places, but I felt that the narrative dragged on a bit!