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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.


Girl Detached – Manuela Salvi

This book caused some controversy in it’s home country on publication  and featured in Banngirl-detacheded Book week this year.

It follows the unsuspecting  ‘grooming’ of Aleksandra, by an older and confident young man.

The novel deals with the a pretty dark and seedy side of life, but one that is all too real. We don’t often hear a lot about it here in NZ, but not in Europe where the novel is set.

Aleks is naiive, awkward and totally unworldly – a prime target for Megan, her ‘new friend’ who finds girls for the ‘boyfriends’ to exploit and control. Victim blaming plays a large role too.

Definitely for a mature teen reader – and maybe parents out there too.


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.


Radio Silence – Alice Oseman


Radio Silence centres around Frances, who is in year 13 and in the process of applying for university, specifically Cambridge. Frances is known for being the clever one at school, and that’s it. At home, she is obsessed with Universe City, an online podcast set in a dystopian society. But this is something she keeps separate from her school life. When the two worlds collide, Frances is forced to make decisions about her future that she had never previously considered.

In Radio Silence, the plot is brilliant and exciting, and the characters are loveable.  Radio Silence characters are also massively diverse, in terms of sexuality, race, academic ability and personality. What I most enjoyed about this was that at no point was the characters’ sexuality a massive part of the plot, the book didn’t centre around it, it was merely something that was a part of their lives, as it is in reality.

This is a good read that most students will be able to relate to in some way.

It’s About Love – By Steve Camden



This is a really good read almost a thriller with all the twists and turns.

Real life is messier than the movies. A bold, thought-provoking novel from the exceptionally talented, Steven Camden.

He’s Luke. She’s Leia.

Just like in Star Wars. Just like they’re made for each other. Same film studies course, different backgrounds, different ends of town.

Only this isn’t a film. This is real life. This is where monsters from the past come back to take revenge.

In Ecstasy – – Kate McCaffrey

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This book was very real about a teen who thought she would try the drug ecstasy just once at a party, but sadly she was hooked, the feeling it gave her was so unique and uplifting that she wanted to feel that way  again and again.

It follows are path into drug addiction, the loss of her friends the pain she causes her family etc etc

Then her road to recovery.

A excellent read not to long so good for a weekend book to add to your wide reading list.