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Review: Solitaire by Alice Oseman

tumblr_o2ny6tpjnz1u7obnso1_400TITLE:  Solitaire
WRITTEN BY: Alice Oseman
PUBLISHED BY: Harper Collins
VERSION I READ: paperback
PAGES: 392
TRIGGERS: self harm, eating disorder, depression, suicide.

star3.5

(PLOT BY GR) In case you’re wondering, this is not a love story. My name is Tori Spring. I like to sleep and I like to blog. Last year – before all that stuff with Charlie and before I had to face the harsh realities of A-Levels and university applications and the fact that one day I really will have to start talking to people – I had friends. Things were very different, I guess, but that’s all over now.  Now there’s Solitaire. And Michael Holden.
I don’t know what Solitaire are trying to do, and I don’t care about Michael Holden.
I really don’t.

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Wrap Up: April 2017

I totally missed out last month wrap up and I was almost forgetting about this month but here I am. So April wasn’t actually a good month for me: mental and physical health have been an issue. Especially because my depression and anxiety increased too much with the “13 reasons why” releasing. (Click here to find out what I think about the show)
In addition I was in a reading slump and in a book buying ban. (YEAH, I KNOW).

But the good thing is that I won 50£ to spend on Wordery during a giveaway and I can’t wait to get the books I ordered. They pretty are amazing! Plus I also bought my YALC tickets for the all EVENT! It is my first time and I am freaking excited about this! (I also watched Beauty and the Beast in the theatre — FINALLY! — and I am so addicted with the soundtrack!)

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Arc-Review: How to make a wish by Ashley Herring Blake

9780544815193TITLE:  How to make a wish
WRITTEN BY: Ashley Herring Blake
PUBLISHED BY: HMH Books for Young Readers
VERSION I READ: e-arc
PAGES: 336
DIVERSITY: bisexual MC, lesbian, PoC.
TRIGGER WARNING: emotional abuse.star3.5

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(PLOT BY GR) All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn’t have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father. Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace’s mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on. Continue reading “Arc-Review: How to make a wish by Ashley Herring Blake”

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Review: Wing Jones by Katherine Webber

25909375TITLE:  Wing Jones
WRITTEN BY: Katherine Webber
PUBLISHED BY: Walker Books
VERSION I READ: paperback
PAGES: 384
DIVERSITY: bi-ratial MC.

star3

(PLOT BY GR)With a grandmother from China and another from Ghana, fifteen-year-old Wing Jones is often caught between worlds. But when tragedy strikes, Wing discovers a talent for running she never knew she had. Wing’s speed could bring her family everything it needs. It could also stop Wing getting the one thing she wants.
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#blogpost · mental healt · mental illness · tv shows

Reasons why I had to stop watching ’13 Reasons Why’

13-reasons-why_0As a tv shows addicted I had to write a post on the new Netflix hit “13 reasons why”.  I actually read the book a couple of years ago and I kind of hated it: the writing was so confusing (Hannah and Clay thoughts merged together and you can’t really understand the character who is actually talking) plus I find the entire plot a bit problematic. Ok, a lot problematic! I am not talking about bullying and suicide but how a victim becomes the bullying.
As someone who felt bullying on her own skin I would EVER willingly put someone else in the situation. The loneliness. The lack of self esteem. The hate for yourself. The tears. I would never do something like that to someone else. Not even for payback. I actually think the entire tapes concept is so wrong!

I still wanted to give a shot to the Netflix series because there is no series that I didn’t try on; aside the tapes revenge, I found the storyline has been adapted pretty well for the small screen: I quite enjoyed every characters and even the story, the cast is just supreme and I love every single actor but this show is just wrong for people who has been bullied and suffers of mental health.

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Review: We come apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

9781408878859TITLE:  We come apart
WRITTEN BY: Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan
PUBLISHED BY: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
VERSION I READ: paperback
PAGES: 320
DIVERSITY: immigration.

star3

(PLOT BY GR) Nicu has emigrated from Romania and is struggling to find his place in his new home. Meanwhile, Jess’s home life is overshadowed by violence. When Nicu and Jess meet, what starts out as friendship grows into romance as the two bond over their painful pasts and hopeful futures. But will they be able to save each other, let alone themselves? For fans of Una LaMarche’s Like No Other, this illuminating story told in dual points of view through vibrant verse will stay with readers long after they’ve turned the last page.
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Arc-Review: Optimists die first by Susin Nielsen

9781783445585TITLE:  Optimists die first
WRITTEN BY: Susin Nielsen
PUBLISHED BY: Andersen Press Ltd
VERSION I READ: e-arc through netgalley
PAGES: 272
DIVERSITY: mental health and disability.

star4

(PLOT BY GR) Petula has avoided friendship and happiness ever since tragedy struck her family and took her beloved younger sister Maxine. Worse, Petula blames herself. If only she’d kept an eye on her sister, if only she’d sewn the button Maxine choked on better, if only…Now her anxiety is getting out of control, she is forced to attend the world’s most hopeless art therapy class. But one day, in walks the Bionic Man: a charming, amazingly tall newcomer called Jacob, who is also an amputee. Petula’s ready to freeze him out, just like she did with her former best friend, but when she’s paired with Jacob for a class project, there’s no denying they have brilliant ideas together – ideas like remaking Wuthering Heights with cats. But Petula and Jacob each have desperately painful secrets in their pasts – and when the truth comes out, there’s no way Petula is ready for it.
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