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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: Things I should have known by Claire LaZebnik

30971706TITLE:  Things I should have known
WRITTEN BY: Claire LaZebnik
PUBLISHED BY: HMH Books for Young Readers
VERSION I READ: e-arc from Netgalley
PAGES: 320
WARNING: realistic fiction about autism and family.

star4

(PLOT BY GR) From the author of Epic Fail comes the story of Chloe Mitchell, a Los Angeles girl on a quest to find love for her autistic sister, Ivy. Ethan, from Ivy’s class, seems like the perfect match. It’s unfortunate that his older brother, David, is one of Chloe’s least favorite people, but Chloe can deal, especially when she realizes that David is just as devoted to Ethan as she is to Ivy. Uncommonly honest and refreshingly funny, this is a story about sisterhood, autism, and first love. Chloe, Ivy, David, and Ethan, who form a quirky and lovable circle, will steal readers’ hearts and remind us all that it’s okay to be a different kind of normal.
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Review: Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

e29c8700-2a5e-0134-0657-062f3a35be5fTITLE:  Goodbye Days
WRITTEN BY: Jeff Zentner
PUBLISHED BY: Andersen Digital
VERSION I READ: e-arc from Netgalley
PAGES: 416
WARNING: HEARTBREAKING and SOBBING.

star4.5

(PLOT BY GR) Can a text message destroy your life?
Carver Briggs never thought a simple text would cause a fatal crash, killing his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. Now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident and even worse, there could be a criminal investigation into the deaths. Then Blake’s grandmother asks Carver to remember her grandson with a ‘goodbye day’ together. Carver has his misgivings, but he starts to help the families of his lost friends grieve with their own memorial days, along with Eli’s bereaved girlfriend Jesmyn. But not everyone is willing to forgive. Carver’s own despair and guilt threatens to pull him under into panic and anxiety as he faces punishment for his terrible mistake. Can the goodbye days really help?

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#MiniReview: hello me, it’s you.

nyericazTITLE:  Hello me, it’s you
WRITTEN BY: Hanna Todd
PUBLISHED BY: Hodder & Stoughton
VERSION I READ: e-arc from netgalley
PAGES: 112
WARNING: grief, depression, anxiety, OCD, mental health.

star3

(PLOT BY GR)Hello Me, it’s You is a collection of letters by young adults aged 17-24 about their experiences with mental health issues. The letters are written to their 16-year-old selves, giving beautifully honest advice, insight and encouragement for all that lays ahead of them. This book was produced by the Hello Me, it’s You charity, set up by the editor, Hannah. Hannah was diagnosed with depression and anxiety whilst at university and found comfort in talking to friends about their experiences, realising she was not alone in her situation. This inspired the idea for the charity and book. Through the creation of materials such as this, the charity aims to provide reassurance for young adults (and their families) who are experiencing mental health issues and give a voice to young adults on such an important topic. The result of that will hopefully be a reduction in the negative stigma surrounding mental health and an increase in awareness of young people’s experiences. All profits go the Hello Me, it’s You charity, for the production of future supportive books. Trigger warning: Due to it’s nature, the content of this book may be triggering. Contains personal experiences of depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, trichotillomania and other mental health issues, as well as issues such as assault.
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A quiet kind of thunder by Sara Barnard

30981706
TITLE:  A quiet kind of thunder
WRITTEN BY: Sara Barnard
PUBLISHED BY: Macmillan Children’s Books
HOW DID I GET IT FROM? Pre-order from Wordery
VERSION I READ: paperback
PAGES: 320
DIVERSITY: race, mental health (anxiety), selective mutism, deaf.

star5

(PLOT BY GR) 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. Continue reading “A quiet kind of thunder by Sara Barnard”

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Reasons to stay alive by Matt Haig

23363874TITLE: Reasons to stay alive
WRITTEN BY: Matt Haig
PUBLISHED BY: Canongate Books
HOW I GOT IT: Gift from one of my BFF
VERSION I READ: paperback
PAGES: 264
TRIGGER WARNINGS: Depression, Anxiety, OCD

star5

(PLOT BY GR) What does it mean to feel truly alive?
This is the true story of how Matt Haig came through crisis, triumphed over a mental illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again. Moving, funny and joyous, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth. Continue reading “Reasons to stay alive by Matt Haig”

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More happy than not by Adam Silvera

mhtn-paperback-final-683x1024TITLE:  More Happy Than Not
WRITTEN BY:  Adam Silvera
PUBLISHED BY: Soho Teen
HOW I GOT IT: Wordery
VERSION I READ: paperback
PAGES: 300

star4

(PLOT BY GR) In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again—but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely. When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.Why does happiness have to be so hard? Continue reading “More happy than not by Adam Silvera”