“Spotlight on” is my first (hopefully) recurrent post on the blog, I’m planning to make it a MONTHLY thing; the purpose of these blog-posts is to spread out the voice about Young Adult, especially the authors (new or less new) who makes this world so special to us. In the future, it might contains storytellers who hasn’t written only YA books.
This month spotlight is dedicated to SARA BARNARD aka my new reading obsession, in a good way. She has been added to my auto-buying author list, plus she is also a Potterhead and I love talk to her on Twitter, she is so kind and funny to talk with. *fingers crossed I would be able to meet her at YALC*
WHO IS SARA? Sara lives in Brighton and does all her best writing on trains. She loves books, book people and book things. She has been writing ever since she was too small to reach the “on” switch on the family Amstrad computer. She gets her love of words from her dad, who made sure she always had books to read and introduced her to the wonders of secondhand book shops at a young age. Sara is trying to visit every country in Europe, and has managed to reach 13 with her best friend. She has also lived in Canada and worked in India. (Thanks to her tumblr).
FIVE REASONS TO CONVERT YOURSELF AT BARNARD-ISM:
- You need a lot more diverse books in your reading list and ‘Beautiful Broken Things’ and ‘A quiet kind of thunder’ are ones of the most realistic fictions about mental health and diversity that you can find out there.
- You need more friendship in books because let’s face it you can’t only live on unrealistic love relationships. It’s not good for your mental health and remember that you need to take care of yourself.
- She portraits anxiety and depression in a way that you won’t easy find out there: you must recognize what’s happening in your mind and you might be able to handle and take care of your mental health better; or anyway you will be able to understand what people who suffers from a mental disease deal with everyday. Remember: not every mind reacts in the same way.
- Her books and stories are full of badass female characters who are able to reach their goals and won’t stop in front of anxiety or any other setbacks. Plus you won’t read only about white characters, there’s a lot of race diversity especially in AQKOT and I hope she will expand more on this field in her next books.
- She is an adorable Hufflepuff who fangirl like every Potterheads in front of everything relate to the Harry Potter world. (Potteheads need to stay together, especially in these hard times — The dark lord is back.)
SARA BARNARD’S BOOKS.
REVIEW 4.5⋆ | PURCHASE YOUR COPY HERE
Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne’s past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realizes, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own.
REVIEW 5⋆ | PURCHASE YOUR COPY HERE
Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life – she’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn’t matter that Steffi doesn’t talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she’s falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it.