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Review: One of us is lying by Karen McManus

51bgoe2bi2ul-_sx351_bo1204203200_TITLE:  One of us is lying
WRITTEN BY: Karen McManus
PUBLISHED BY: Delacorte Press
VERSION I READ: e-arc
PAGES: 361
star4

(PLOT BY GR) Pay close attention and you might solve this. On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.
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Arc Review: The Color Project by Sierra Abrams

22892448TITLE:  The Color Project
WRITTEN BY: Sierra Abrams
PUBLISHED BY: Gatekeeper Press
VERSION I READ: e.arc
PAGES: 464
The book will be release on 17th July. Pre-order it NOW!

star4

(PLOT BY GR) Bernice Aurora Wescott has one thing she doesn’t want anyone to know: her name. That is, until Bee meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project. Levi is not at all shy about attempting to guess Bee’s real name; his persistence is one of the many reasons why Bee falls for him. But while Levi is everything she never knew she needed, giving up her name would feel like a stamp on forever. And that terrifies her. When unexpected news of an illness in the family drains Bee’s summer of everything bright, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project—a world of weddings, funerals, cancer patients, and hopeful families that the charity funds—is no longer enough. Bee must hold up the weight of her family, but to do that, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.
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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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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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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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