On holiday I managed to read 5 amazing books plus finishing The Paper and Hearts Society which I am mini reviewing today as well due to YALC being in just 4 days.
The paper and hearts society is a great ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read.This is an amazing literary book that everyone needs to read. I absolutely loved all of the characters especially Tabby as I can relate to her and I am sure everyone who reads it will as well. The fact it’s set in Bath really set the scene for me as i love the city and find it a relaxing place .I flew through this light hearted read with LGBTQ+ representation , friendship drama and all the good vibes a book could have. I cannot recommend this book enough as a summer read to lift your spirits.
No Big deal is a fabulous ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 read focusing on a plus size character in a positive limelight giving young girls today the right mindset and body positivity they should have about themselves and other people. It was a great easy read and i absolutely loved Emily as a character as i saw myself in her in all ways and time period .I also lived 10 minutes from Croydon up until i was 10 and a half so it was a great setting and the accent/culture resonated with mine. I enjoyed the fact LGBTQ+ didn’t have to be the centre of the story but was still included. It was refreshing that the romance wasn’t your typical loved up happy ending romance as it made the story more realistic. On the last note, THIS BOOK NEEDS SEQUEL!
The truth about keeping secrets is a wonderful ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read. I must say to begin with i found it difficult but once i reached about 30% i started getting invested into the storyline and the pace picked up meaning eventually i really enjoyed it. For me the best part was the ending which was very pleasing as sometimes it can be the let down of the book. Instead i found myself gripped into the characters of June and Sydney with all their individual and combined emotions and I must say it was not what i expected to happen as i was convinced June was having an affair with Sydneys dad. I definitely would recommend this book and say to stick the beginning out.
The Boxer is a powerful ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 read tackling masculinity in a beautiful way showing our youth it’s okay for them to express emotions as well as showing ways to dealing with them. The racism thread throughout the book was impactful to read and highlighted the issues within society today. I loved the fact Sunny turnt to boxing but not for agression but to know his space in the world and just be able to feel confident in himself. It is the one sport i absolutely loved and helped me massively when i was in a dark place, but i can no longer box due to chronic pain so to read this story was really great .I also enjoyed the struggle between sunny and his dad and that the relationships he formed at the gym helped them bond through the families difficult time. I Would definitely recommend this to anyone, especially boys around 12+.
The Loneliest girl in the universe is a brilliant ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read. I cant believe its taken me this long to read it as i absolutely loved it and it has definitely lived up to all the hype i hear about this book and Lauren James in general. I’m Very excited to read the quiet at the end of the world now (after yalc). Laurens writing enticed me from the beginning considering it involves aspects i don’t usually enjoy or choose to read. I absolutely loved Romy as a character and i liked J up until the end ( which by the way i was not prepared for).
All the things we never said is an emotional ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read with great mental health representation including suicide, self harm and anxiety all things i have suffered with. I could read this book as i’m now in a positive mindset after many many years however i wouldn’t recommend it if you have any doubts about the book or are struggling as it is a very heavy and realistic book. I connected with all 3 of the girls stories and all their voices were portrayed individually and powerfully. I especially enjoyed the unique layout of Olivias and Mehreens chapters as they both showed artistic characteristics and this was portrayed in the layout , and also represented the chaos going on in their minds which just made the overall story even more readable.
I cant wait to meet all these wonderful authors at YALC this week!
Thank you for reading and all the support. Have you read any of these? Are you going to YALC ? Id love to see in the comments below.