Alien Love Story – A.K.Dawson

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Synopsis – 

Life is a headache for 15-year-old Dan. This isn’t some kind of metaphor. Dan suffers from migraines that make just about everything he does unbearable. Added to that he’s lost almost everyone he cares about. So he feels lonelier than the last puppy in a pet shop.

But one day he sees a mysterious girl digging in the rubbish bins behind his house. Just by being near her, he finds that all his pain goes away. So he wants to see her again, of course. And get to know her. But she’s a bit strange. And her big eyes make her look, well, like an alien.

Does she really exist? Or is she just a figment of an overactive, under-loved imagination?

Goodreads Rating –  3,64/5 Stars

My Review – 

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

I want to start of with the fact that I was expecting this book to be for a younger audience based on the cheesy title and the childish cover, however once I started reading it, I realised that it is certainly intended for a teen audience primarily due to the large amount of sexual references (non graphic). I have to admit that I found this rather refreshing, as many authors try to downplay the heightened hormones of teenagers, however I think that it was a useful tool in creating the confused and traumatized character of Dan. 

I thought that the romance was out of the blue, and not really all that romantic but simply awkward which is why it took me a while to get through this book because I just couldn’t connect with the characters as their relationship was so unnatural, but then again we are talking about a human and an alien so perhaps that is too be expected. 

I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the book and found it amusing and entertaining, however the second half was a tad confusing and it seemed like this novel has a lot of potential to be excellent but that it has just been a little rushed. I adored the secondary characters of Gran and Tony and thought they added a sense of reality to the story. 

Of Course this book also deals with the topic matter of death and as an audience we feel sorry for Dan, however I think that the theme of loss could have been explored in more detail however I did enjoy the fact that as an audience we were forced to question Dan’s sanity. Overall, this was a quick and entertaining read. 

My Rating – 3/5 stars 

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All the Rage – Courtney Summers

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Synopsis – 

The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything—friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn’t speak up. Nobody believed her the first time—and they certainly won’t now — but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear. 

Goodreads Rating – 3,84/5  Stars

My Review – 

When I first heard of this book I thought that it would be similar to “Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson, but thankfully that didn’t put me off picking this up and giving it go. I was pleasantly surprised by this book as the author managed to find a fine line between providing the readers with a tragic and heavy tale and something entertaining and that we can all relate too as YA readers. 

The topic of rape is common in many novels nowadays however the victims usually come from terrible families and have another 100 things that makes their life miserable that the story just becomes so depressing that I tend to lose interest. 

Now within this novel, our protagonist – Romy, is living with her mother and her boyfriend, who are both lovely characters and so incredibly supportive of her. Of course within this book there is also an element of romance which softens the situation and reminds us as readers that there is a bright future available for the victims of rape, like Romy. Even though the author portrays her as feeling all alone, we are constantly reminded of the fact that she isn’t, which refreshing. 

The writing was beautiful if not a little graphic at times. It was almost poetic which made it easy to imagine this issue in such a small town somewhere in the US. This book shows us that sometimes adults act worse than kids do, and that even though you leave high school, the system tends to stick when living in small town. One family may have all the power, and it doesn’t take much to plot people against each other. 

My Rating – 4,5/5 Stars 

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Backlash – Sarah Darer Littman

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Synopsis – 

He says: You’re an awful person.
He says: What makes you think I would ever ask you out?
He says: The world would be a better place without you in it.

Lara just got told off on Facebook.

She thought that Christian liked her, that he was finally going to ask her to his school’s homecoming dance. They’ve been talking online for weeks, so what’s with the sudden change? And where does he get off saying horrible things on her wall? Even worse – are they true?

It’s been a long time since Lara’s felt this bad, this depressed, this ugly. She’s worked really hard to become pretty and happy – and make new friends after what happened in middle school.

Bree used to be best friends with overweight, depressed Lara, but constantly listening to Lara’s issues got to be too much. Secretly, Bree’s glad Christian called Lara out. Lara’s not nearly as amazing as people think. But no one realized just how far Christian’s harsh comments would push Lara. Not even Bree.

As online life collides with real life, things spiral out of control, and not just for Lara. Because when the truth starts to come together, the backlash is even more devastating than anyone could have ever imagined.

Goodreads Rating – 4,15/5 Stars 

My Review – 

Backlash talks about bullying (both online and off). It is a common topic that everyone knows is serious but we usually only see one side of the story. We feel sorry for the person that is being bullied and despise the person that is the bully even though nowadays, the majority of us are aware of the fact that bullies are what they are do too personal issues. They are usually frustrated and angry because they don’t know how to help themselves so they decide to ruin someone else’s life to make themselves feel better. To make them feel like they aren’t alone with their issues and that someone has it worse than them. 

What I really like about this book, is that the characters are “humanised”.  They’re not a perfect family, in fact, their thoughts and actions shows exactly how messed up humans are. The author has highlighted humans at their worst, yet we aren’t shocked by it because we know that it is the bitter truth. There is no dramatisation or over exaggeration. 

Obviously, you’ll sympathise with Lara, the girl that has been bullied for the majority of her life but you’ll sympathise with Sydney (Lara’s sister), who’s been living in Lara’s shadow and rarely gets loving attention from her parents. This also shows that mistakes that parents make when raising their children. It’s not just about bullying but also about mental illness, the trials of parenting and how it can affect a family. 

You also end up feeling sorry for the bully because at the end you will see that all kids make mistakes. The truth of it is that the bully had their own issues and didn’t know how to deal with someone else’s success when their life was going downhill. 

Everyone should read this book, regardless of age and gender!

My rating – 4,5/5 

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Forbidden – Tabitha Suzuma 


Review –

Forbidden” focuses on the lives of  Lochan (17 – later 18) and Maya (16). Unlike their classmates and peers they have been forced to live a life of poverty and hardship due to parental neglect. Lochan and Maya take on the role of ‘parents’ to their 3 younger siblings. This prompts a romantic relationship between them and they are led to believe that they shouldn’t be biologically related. 


Lochan is portrayed really well and I was able to feel every emotion that he felt and really relate and empathise with his character. I felt his shame and awkwardness with the social anxiety that he experienced, which is probably why I became so understanding of his relationship with Maya. She is his rock and helps him survive through all of his hardships, be it at home or at school. He’s a troubled guy which is apparent from the very first page, but he has many sides and non of them are bad. 

As mentioned before Maya is really supportive when it comes to Lochan and helps him to take care of their siblings. Even though she is only a year younger than Locha she is portrayed as being extremely childish and naive, which annoyed me a little at the start. In my mind she is supposed to a typical 16 year old girl with friends and crushes that has a tough life but isn’t mentally or socially distraught like Lochan, however she seems to jump between being normal and extremely timid. Lochan’s character that has been built up around his timidity, but Maya is supposed to be outgoing and ‘normal’ to balance him out. 

Kit was the balance that those two characters needed because he forced both of them to realise that even though they do take care of him and his sibling, they aren’t his parents. I loved the fact that he was younger but wiser. We were able to see a frustrated 13 year old boy that wanted to rebel and gain attention from his neglective mother as well as showing Lochan that he wasn’t going to let him be the boss, yet towards the end we see that he isn’t naive and understands the importance of keeping his family away from social services.  The other two siblings were just used as props to reinforce the fact that Maya and Lochan were not just siblings, they were parental figures to 3 young children. 

Everyone needs to read this book at some point in this life because it really explains another side of life that many of us have never encountered or thought about. Everyone should learn of the consequences that follow child neglect. This book made me laugh and cry, I hate and I love it. I would recommend this to everyone aged 16+. 

Goodreads rating – 4,07/5 stars

My rating – 4,5/5 stars

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Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon

  
Synopsis – 

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster. 
Goodreads rating – 4,02/5 stars 

Review – 

The plot sounds awesome and I did like the book but it was the same as every other contempory book I have read. Two troubled teens meet, chat and fall in love.  It seems very unrealistic though because in my mind a girl like Maddy would be so frsutrated and angsty but she doesn’t care. She spends all her time with her mother and even when her mother is being mean anf selfish, Madeline just brushes it off and forgives her… 

I felt nothing for our poor sick character which was frustrating because I knew that I was supposed to. She was so boring and she kept forgiving her mother even when she was being a cow…. It is a fun read, If not a little frustrating at times. The end is rushed and the plot twist wasn’t really shocking. 

It’s the kind of book you would sit down and read in a day just for fun. I won’t re-read it but i’m glad I read it. The romance is cute and there is a ” happily ever after”. 

Rating – 3,5 stars 

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