Tag Archives: realism

Unboxed by Non Pratt

“Non Pratt is always right on the money as far as friendships go.” Four friends meet at their old school to open a memory box they hid there when they were thirteen. They had been an unlikely bunch who grew … Continue reading

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The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

Shortlisted for the 2016 YA Book Prize When David Piper was six, he told his class that what he wanted to be when he grew up was a girl and the school bully is never going to let him forget … Continue reading

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Asking for it by Louise O’Neill

Shortlisted for the 2016 YA Book Prize Warning! This book contains distressing, graphic scenes and is not suitable for younger readers. Eighteen-year-old Emma is beautiful, popular, happy, confident – and doesn’t she know it. She knows how to play her … Continue reading

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Crow Moon by Anna McKerrow

In the not-too-distant future, Devon and Cornwall have been barricaded off from the rest of Britain to form the Greenworld, a society run on ecological principles and governed by witches. Beyond the border lies the Redworld, where wars over the … Continue reading

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Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

I didn’t buy Two Boys Kissing. I picked it up from a batch of books someone was getting rid of. Ooh, David Levithan, I thought, I loved Every Day, let’s give this a go. And so it sat in my … Continue reading

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Remix by Non Pratt

In my opinion, friends are just about the most important thing in a young person’s life. Clearly there’s also food and housing and health and mental health and love and sex and somewhere on the list we ought to add … Continue reading

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Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan

Apple’s had no contact with her mother for eleven years. Not since the night she vaguely remembers, when Nana told Mum to leave. Now Mum is back, bringing with her thrills and treats and all the things Nana doesn’t allow. … Continue reading

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Goose by Dawn O’Porter

Hmm… I’m trying to put my finger on what it was I didn’t like about Goose. To tell the truth, it wasn’t really that I didn’t like it. It was more that I wondered what it was doing on the … Continue reading

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Trouble by Non Pratt

There’s no mistaking what the trouble is in Non Pratt’s book. On the cover a whole bunch of teeny sperm are swimming for the O in the middle of the title. Right, I thought, that’ll be gritty realism then. And … Continue reading

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