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The Last Beginning – Lauren James

Time travel seems to be flavour of the month, if recent novels are anything to go by – Ben Elton, Jolast-beginninghn Boyne and Stephen King all have recent books dealing with changing the world through time travel.

James’ novel deals with the same theme – changing key events through knowledge acquired through tweaking time.

The complexities of how someone can change their future by changing their past that they didn’t know existed was a little beyond me at times. I’m sure students will find the ‘doomed romance’ and the LGTB themes of interest.



The Bronte Plot – Katherine Reay

This is an old fashion romance, girl meets boy, girl and boy fight then struggle to come together again but in the end love will prevail

When Lucy’s secret is unearthed, her world begins to crumble. But it may be the best thing that has ever happened to her.

Lucy Alling makes a living selling rare books, often taking suspicious liberties to reach her goals. When her unorthodox methods are discovered, Lucy’s secret ruins her relationship with her boss and her boyfriend, James—leaving Lucy in a heap of hurt and trouble. Something has to change; she has to change.

In a sudden turn of events, James’s wealthy grandmother, Helen, hires Lucy as a consultant for a London literary and antiques excursion. Lucy reluctantly agrees and soon discovers Helen holds secrets of her own. In fact, Helen understands Lucy’s predicament better than anyone else.

As the two travel across England, Lucy benefits from Helen’s wisdom as Helen confronts ghosts from her own past. Everything comes to a head at Haworth, home of the Brontë sisters, where Lucy is reminded of the sisters’ beloved heroines who, with tenacity and resolution, endured—even in the midst of impossible circumstances.

Now Lucy must face her past in order to move forward.
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Minus Me – Ingelin Rossland

This is an easy read about a girl who discovers she has a heart condition which will soon end her life.

She has a wonderful best friend and they had previously made a list of all the things they wanted to do as a 13 year olds.  Linda goes to that list and starts to work her way through it.  There is also strange boy named Zak who keeps appearing to her and assisting her with getting things done before she exits the world.


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I’ll be there – Holly Goldberg Sloan

To be honest, this reminded me of What’s eating Gilbert Grape – gorgeoI'll Be Thereus 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…..

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

19547856 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!

Invisibility – Andrea Cremer and David Levithan


Stephen is cursed – he was born invisible – no-one can see him.  Not his father, his mother or anyone else. THis makes life, as you can imagine, difficult. Until Elizabeth moves  into the apartment opposite him. For the first time in his life,  someone actually knows that he physically exists. She can see him – she can draw him. He can see what he actually looks like.

I liked the novel up and until then. From then on the world of magic takes over. The two halves of the novel, do not seem to  ‘fit’.

Suitable for mature readers used to sophisticated use of language.

Check out the author’s site here – Invisibility 





Frog Music – Emma Donaghue

Not really sure about this one! A very adult book – definitely for mature senior readers.

I urlreally enjoyed the social history of San Fransisco – the development of the city; the segregation of immigrants; the French connection; the gender discussions and the development of the economy. However I was not that taken with the actual storyline and the use of lyrics.

This is the third Donaghue I have read – The sealed letter and The room being the others – all very different.

You can read the author’s comments here – Donaghue