A B-Tech Jurasic Park: The Extinction Trials

Name: The Extinction Trials

Author: S M Wilson

Published: 2017

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Everyone knows dinosaurs were wiped out millions of years ago. But what if they weren’t?

In a near future reality, dinosaurs are no longer things of myth and legend. They are real. And for humans on Earthasia, food is limited and space is close to none. The only way to win healthcare and provisions for you and your family is to risk everything: to enter the Extinction Trials. 

Every year, the finalists of the trials are sent to Piloria, the continent of dinosaurs, to try and obtain information about the creatures – or just try and survive. So when Stormchaser and Lincoln are sent there with 10 other finalists, each with their own secrets and agendas, to compete in a brutal game of life and death. They will betray. They will sacrifice. But will they survive?

This really is the Hunger Games crossed with Jurrasic Park, but honestly in themes only. If you are going to compare it to such a great series as them, it gives you high expectations and it really didn’t meet them. And I think it’s a good idea… but it has been done a lot. Like ‘amount of times politician go on about brexit’ a lot. The world created by S.M Wilson is just your typical apocalyptic ruined world; I just felt like it didn’t really offer much more than that. Also there wasn’t any like massive plot twists, it was all pretty predictable.

So I liked the beginning, building some interesting character backstories and quite a bit of chemistry between Storm and Lincoln (that really isn’t a spoiler! I mean there’s two male and female main characters – what can you expect?) However, once they actually reach Piloria I thought that the storyline just sort of dipped. It went pretty slowly and there was no crazily unexpected plot twists. Oh no! There’s a dinosaur! Like what are you expecting? It’s literally called the Continent of Dinosaurs.

And don’t get me started on the other books. I’ve read the entire series now (Do not recommend. Don’t know how, but they get worse.) Spoiler Alert – but I don’t recommend you read it so it doesn’t matter – the romance between Storm and Lincoln really only gets started in the last book. On legit the last page. I’ve waited for THREE BOOKS for some action and on page 399 Storm is like “I think I’m going to kiss you.’ And that’s it. Its a young adult book and you’ve literally been hinting about this relationship from page one – can I have some more?! Yes, I appreciate that there obviously doesn’t have to be romance in every book, if it’s about dinosaurs that’s fine, but there either is or there isn’t. PICK ONE!

Another problem is just the names of the books. It may not be the most pressing issue but it’s important! If you call a series ‘The Extinction Trials’ it has to actually be about the trials throughout the series, not just in the first one. At least in the Hunger Games they have to retake the trials, the second book of this is basically just a repeat of the first one but with some different dinosaurs. So, you know, it’s totally different. And the third one is called ‘Rebel’ – like what are they rebelling against?! The massive lizards?

So yeah, in short I didn’t really like it! I just thought the plot line was pretty predictable, it didn’t really hold anything new and not everything was explained. Why are the humans and dinosaurs on different continents in the first place? What happened to make Earth so corrupt? When on earth are Storm and Lincoln going to get together? If dinosaurs are your thing, by all means go for it, but I do warn you. It’s pretty raw-ful (like that joke ha)

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Childhood Nostalgia

Hey there! I’ve been trying to encourage my little sister to read more (Any tips? It’s exhausting!) and I eventually compiled a list of 50 books for her to read before she is 12¾. How many of these have you read? x

TOP BOOKS TO READ BEFORE YOU’RE 12¾

  • The Crooked Sixpence – Jennifer Bell
  • Malory Towers – Enid Blyton
  • The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
  • Cogheart – Peter Bunzil
  • A Little Princess – Francis Hognett Barnett
  • Frost Hollow Hall – Emma Carrol
  • Indigo Blue – Cathy Cassidy
  • The School For Good And Evil – Soman Chainani
  • Scarlett And Ivy – Sophie Cleverly
  • The Land Of Stories – Chris Colfer
  • Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer
  • The Wolf Princess – Cathryn Constable
  • Danny Champion Of The World – Roald Dahl
  • The Secret Breakers – H.L Dennis
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles – Black and DiTerlizzi
  • The London Eye Mystery – Siobhan Dowd
  • Sea – Sarah Driver
  • A Place Called Perfect – Helena Duggan
  • The Night Spinner – Abi Elphinstone
  • The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
  • Fly By Night – Francis Hardinge
  • The Girl Of Ink And Stars – Kiran Millwood Hargr­­­ave
  • Murder in Midwinter – Fleur Hitchcock
  • Alex Rider – Anthony Horowitz
  • The Power Of Five – Anthony Horowitz
  • The Boy In The Tower – Polly Ho Yen
  • The Glass Bird Girl – Esme Kerr
  • Alfie Bloom And The Secret Of Hexbridge Castle – Gabrielle Kent
  • Roman Mysteries – Caroline Lawrence
  • Beatle Boy – M.G Lawrence
  • Goodnight Mr Tom – Michelle Magorian
  • The Beginning Woods – Malcolm McNeil
  • The Chronicles Of Narnia – C.S Lewis
  • Listen To The Moon – Michael Morpurgo
  • Kensuke’s Kingdom – Michael Morpurgo
  • A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness
  • Pegasus And The Flame – Kate O’Heart
  • Wonder – R.J Palacio
  • Pax – Sara Pennypacker
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
  • Percy Jackson – Rick Riordan
  • Harry Potter – J.K Rowling
  • Swallows And Amazons – Arthur Ransome
  • Alice Jones: The Impossible Clue – Sarah Rubin
  • The Girl Savage – Katherine Rundell
  • Holes – Louis Sachar
  • Big Game – Dan Smith
  • A Series Of Unfortunate Events – Lemony Snicket
  • A Murder Most Unladylike – Robin Stevens
  • Dead Man’s Cove – Lauren St. John
  • The Secret Of Nightingale Wood – Lucy Strange
  • Homecoming – Cynthia Voigt
  • A Girl Called Owl – Amy Wilson
  • Hetty Feather – Jaqueline Wilson
  • Katy – Jaqueline Wilson
  • 4 Children And It – Jaqueline Wilson
  • The Sinclair Mysteries – Katherine Woodfine

There will be a normal book review back next week!

Pure Magick: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Hi everyone! I know I’ve not posted in a while (oops) but I’ve just read this book it’s honestly my new favourite! x

Name: Carry on: The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Published: 2015

Song: Heroes by David Bowie

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Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One whose ever been Chosen.

That’s what Simon’s roommate says. Baz may be evil and infuriating and possibly a vampire, but he’s probably right. Not even the Head Mage knows why he was chosen. Half the time his wand is broken and none of his spells work, the other half he’s setting something on fire. To add to that, his girlfriend broke up with him and there’s a magik-sucking demon running around wearing his face.

Now it’s Simon’s last year at Watford, the school for magikals, and Baz didn’t even bother to turn up. And while his missing roommate may not be high up on Simon’s priorities compared to defeating a magik-devouring devil, Simon may find out that he needs Baz more than he knows…

Oh. My. God. I don’t really care if I sound like Janice from Friends – this book is amazing! It’s got everything; from magic and monsters to love and friendships. Rainbow Rowell has created a whole other universe within this book and I love how much though is put into every little thing. There are so many details within everything – like how all the spells are songs or nursery rhymes and there is literally a fight section where characters are yelling Bohemian Rhapsody and blowing each other up. I can dig that.

Here’s a bit of backstory. In 2013, Rainbow Rowell wrote a book called ‘Fangirl’ about a girl called Cath who was obsessed with fan fiction (makes sense) about a wizard called Simon Snow. Recognise him? Anyway, in 2015 Rowell released Carry On about Simon and his adventures at Watford – but she’s never confirmed whether or not its supposed to be written by Cath. I think it’s more her take on the characters she first invented in Fangirl… or an entire book of epic wizard fan fiction. Another reason why this book is so amazing. A few months ago Rainbow Rowell released ‘Wayward Son’, the second book in this Simon Snow trilogy. I read it in about 2 days (they were a very antisocial few days) and I can’t say it’s as good as Carry On but you really learnt a lot more about the World of Mages and Baz and Simon’s backstories. AND THERE’S GOING TO BE A THIRD BOOK!! The release date hasn’t been confirmed yet but I am going to be camping outside bookshops whenever it does.

My rant is nearly over, but I just have to say Carry On is 100% worth your time. It’s a funny, cute, original take on a world of magic, complete with so many plot twists and emotional scenes. It has just as much kissing as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell novel, but far more monsters.

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My Heart Just Broke: All the Bright Places

Name: All the bright places

Author: Jennifer Niven

Published: 2015

Song: All These Things That I’ve Done by The Killers

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Theadore Finch: a boy fascinated by death. Struggling against the demons in his mind, he climbs to the top of the school’s bell tower one Monday morning.
Violet Markey: a girl who lives for the future. She counts down the days until she can escape her hometown and her haunting memories of her sister’s death. 

But when they meet at the edge of the bell tower ledge, it is unclear who saves who. But one thing is certain – their lives have been intertwined in more ways than one. And when Violet and Finch are partnered for a school project, they discover things about each other they never knew. However, as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink. Will they find balance or will one of them fall off the edge?

Jennifer Niven’s heart-wrenching and exhilarating newest book is a must read for fans of  Elanor and Park and The Fault in Our Stars. Its a beautiful, unique novel written from the point of view of both Violet and Finch and is very relatable for teens their age in modern society. This isn’t a trashy romance though. Both characters have been through some really hard times and its all about finding hope in the darkness. There is also serious themes such as suicide and mental health. It seems pretty realistic about what young people with bipolar and anxiety are going through – ‘All the Bright Places’ doesn’t just sugar coat these issues and pretend all stories have happy endings.
And finally, the pictures in this book is very quirky and unique. From the post-it note front cover to the individual sketches throughout the book, it really adds a whole new level to it.

“I have this feeling, like I’m waiting for something. But I have no idea what.”
– Finch

I loved this book so much there was hardly anything I could fault! My only point would be that the ending was slightly predictable… but no spoilers! I just felt that it has been done before and could have had a more inspirational ending that was less bittersweet; however it worked for the style and genre of the book. ‘All the Bright Places’ isn’t a particularly light summer read, but judging by this weather, summer is long over!

There is a possibility of ‘All the Bright Places’ being turned into a film with Ellie Fanning and Justice Smith. And while that would give the book a whole new publicity, some of the details in the book can’t really be conveyed onto a cinema screen – such as how the book is written from both Violet and Finch’s perspective. There’s a danger it might loose its individuality and turn into something generic like ‘A Fault in Our Stars’ (not that theres anything wrong with that) but with people becoming obsessed with the film without even thinking of reading the book. However, I would be interested to see a director’s take on the book, and the actors are supposed to be quite good.

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, many are strong at the broken places
– All the Bright Places

Overall, I really liked this book because the storyline is original and interesting, despite the ending. I thought it was insightful and quite sad; would recommend it for fans of Rainbow Rowell, John Green and Stephanie Perkins.

MATURE CHEESES ONLY! As the characters are a bit older, I would recommend ‘All the Bright Places’ to anyone over 12’s, because there is some more mature language and references.

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Never World Wake

Name: Never World Wake

Author: Marisha Pessl

Published: 2018

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Beatrice hasn’t seen her best friends since Jim’s death. A year later, with her boyfriend’s mysterious demise still an unsolved case, she decides to meet with them one more time. One last time. How wrong she would be.

After a close brush with death, a stranger visits their isolated seaside mansion with a terrifying message. They are stuck; stuck in the time between life and death, doomed to repeat the day of the crash over and over until they vote. Vote to who can wake up to a tomorrow, while the others die. But maybe, with unlimited time on her hands, Beatrice can finally discover what happened to Jim. Because while each of her friends claim innocence, none of them were where they said they were on that fateful night. 

Marisha Pessl’s new psychological thriller for young adults will have you gripped. With explosive plot twists every few pages and a unique and beautiful insight on life and death, you will remember this book after you’ve turned the last page. The ending was brilliant, very satisfying and there was a lot of “I never saw that coming…” However, I thought that the setting for the finale – with the lake? If you know, you know – was a bit odd and confusing. Pessl could have chosen so more climatic, dramatic settings. Additionally, I just didn’t feel much of a connection with any of them really, they were all quite self absorbed and obnoxious, even the main character, with more than their fair share of secrets to hide.

SWEETENER: What do you think would happen if you were doomed to repeat the same day over and over again? I wouldn’t be happy. The characters reactions were definitely very reasonable, and it felt very personal. The ‘wakes’ seem to send them all a bit mad, and certainly when the plot began to go a bit askew as they time travelled (yes, time travelled!) to locations in the past. But I guess it was a very, let’s say original, idea to solve Jim’s murder. There is also literally so many wakes they begin to lose track, sometimes it just said ‘a few thousand wakes later’. Yes, I think I would go just a little bit mad.

While it may sound a bit odd, I thought at certain points it felt like the author was trying too hard to describe the settings and stuff, there was just too many similes and the paragraphs were excessively long and dense. I just wanted her to get on with the story!  But, in short, ‘Neverworld Wake’ was very original, the plot is so intricate – its not one fit you’re looking for a light read, a lot is crammed into the reasonably short novel.

MATURE CHEESES ONLY! I really enjoyed it as something different. However, it is a young adults book, so naturally there is some subjects and language in it that may not be suitable for anyone under say 13. It is perfect for fans of ‘The Truth Lies Here’ or ‘One of Us is Lying,’ which there is a superb blog about a few scrolls down 🙂

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The Silent Companions

Name: The Silent Companions

Author: Laura Purcell

Published: 2017

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When Elsie someone walks down the aisle, she didn’t expect to be walking the other way out of the church a few months later after her husband’s casket. And that wasn’t the only death she would have to deal with…

Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy in her late husband’s crumbling country mansion, with only his boring cousin for company. Or so she thought. Because deep within the house lie dark secrets, and silent companions that have every intention of making Elsie silent aswell. Want to play?

This gothic thriller is a perfectly creepy novel that will have you hooked until the last word. I loved the setting, the whole build up, all the characters were perfect. The book is split between Elsie in an asylum in the present, the build up of events that led her to be in the institute, and a 17th century diary recounting why the house was haunted in the first place. I thought it was a really clever, unique idea and the three accounts all tie together for the finale. The only problem I had with it was that it was just SO cliche! Okay, her husband dies in suspicious circumstances, she has a mysterious past, and then she gets stalked by strange noises and paintings. These ‘silent companions’ are literally pieces of wood that have been painted to seem like people Elsie knows and, of course, they just move by themselves. The unorginality is killing me.

SWEETENER: The bleak victorian moorland and 16th century superstitions are the perfect setting for this unique ghost story. Purcell uses lots of creative techniques to bring them to life, from pathetic fallacy (…I’m so fancy) to cutting cliff hangers. However, discovering that the source of Elsie’s terror is actually just the sound of a saw, or an attic door closing o n  i t s  o w n, makes you think maybe some things are left best to your imagination, like ‘It’ or a happy Brexit. But, on the other hand, I loved the ending and the shock reveals along the way. Worth the read on a cold winters night…*

DON’T BRIE SCARED… Even if you are a beloved fan of the supernatural, I would recommend ‘The Silent Companions‘ for young adult readers plus. There are some scenes that may disturb anyone younger than that. Don’t try before bed!

*Yeah, I know its practically summer, but it doesn’t seem like it, does it?

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Skellig

Name: Skellig

Author: David Almond

Published: 1998

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Michael finds a man in the crumbling garage. An ancient man, if you can even call him a man at all, half bird, half beast. The only person he can confide in is Mina, and together they explore this weird and wonderful world of love, death and Skellig.

You might have heard of David Almond. You may have read this at school, or at home. You will definitely want to.
Almond’s beautifully bizarre debut is like nothing you will have ever read before. Written in a lyrical, lilting fashion, Skellig is woven from owls, poetry and late night excursions in abandoned houses. Its a bit like Marmite – you will either love it or hate it! You can’t really capture the essence of the story and while readers who prefer chunky mysteries or fact-based fiction may not see the point, in my opinion it is the perfect novel for adults and children alike.

SWEETENER: Like I said above, the book has a sense of mystery that you can’t really capture. That’s why I don’t like the movie, or the radio play or the theatre production, or opera (I KNOW! ) … its just one of those books that are a set way in your head and it messes it all up when some producer puts it on screen. Comment if you know what I mean! My other favourite thing about the book is he sense of magic and wonder it gives off. There are no fairies or magical unicorns in it, thank god, but Mina shows Michael and the reader so many wonderful things about the world around us. This book will stay with you for a long time.

“What are you?” I whispered.
“Something,” he said. “Something like you, something like a beast, something like a bird, something like an angel.”
He laughed. “Something like that.”

My name is Mina is a prequel Almond wrote long after Skellig was finished in the same sort of tone that gives you a lot more background detail on Mina and how she became who she is. Well worth a read if you enjoyed Skellig. Almond has written tons of amazing books from The Colour of the Sun to Heavens Eyes and A song for Ella Grey that have won lots of prestigious awards.

 

 

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Ghost Hawk

Name: Ghost Hawk

Author: Susan Cooper

Published: 2013

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When he was 11 moons old, Little Hawk ventured into the wilderness, where he must survive for three months of solitude and survival. He entered a boy; he returned a man. But when he found his village 3 months later, everything was different. Then Little Hawk finds his life entangled with the young english boy, John… in more ways than one. 

This beautiful book tells the scarcely heard true tale of native tribes and English settlers in North America fighting for survival and to keep a grip on their land. The storyline is gripping and unpredictable, yet filled with characters you will love. In an honest and moving tone, it recounts wonderful traditions and tribes that no longer exist. No longer existing because they were exterminated by European Settlers.

Susan Cooper is a brilliant author, who has been writing since the 1960’s! But her style is very modern in that she doesn’t exaggerate or undermine characters and plot lines unlike some authors *cough* every Harry Potter book ever *cough*. Back in 2016 Ghost Hawk was a runner up for the prestigious Cilip Carnegie Award, blah, blah, blah, but that’s still pretty cool as that is one of the major book awards. If you come across a book that was a runner up or even won the award – you know its gonna be good.

SWEETENER: What I loved best about Ghost Hawk was all the traditions and culture crammed into every page. It’s so depressing to think that the world has lost so many of these amazing indigenous peoples and beliefs. You also get a glimpse into what life was like for English settlers in North America – it’s quite different from what you see on Horrible Histories! Overall, Ghost Hawk was a very interesting read, and it felt like one of the best books I’ve read in a while.

MATURE CHEESES ONLY! There is some violence between the indigenous people and the english settlers that may not be suitable for anyone under 11. The english settlers talk with all the thous and thus of olde english, and it can get slightly confusing with all the different characters covered over the long time frame its set in. And while the book begins when Little Hawk meets John aged 11, it follows them both throughout their lives – so don’t let the age put you off! 

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The One Memory of Flora Banks

Name: The One Memory of Flora Banks

Author: Emily Barr

Published: 2016

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Who can you trust if you can’t trust yourself?

Flora Banks cannot remember anything since her accident: she is trapped, a 10 year old girl stuck inside the body of a 17 year old. She has no short term memory. That is until she kisses her best friend’s boyfriend, and remembers it. But he’s gone. So she must make a journey half way across the world to find him, herself and what really happened on that night 7 years ago…

Why do I keep choosing books with such long titles? The next review is going to be 1984 or something…
Anyway, The One Memory of Flora Banks is a very unique novel. I was interested from the moment I picked up the book to discover how it would resolve, but it was kind of a let down. I enjoyed it, and would recommend it, but there were a few areas I would improve.

First of all, I’ve never read a book about a person with amnesia before, and it is a really interesting viewpoint. However, as Flora keeps forgetting who she is; where she is etc, she keeps having to review these in this book that explains everything – she’s supposed to read it when she gets confused. I thought it was a clever way of introducing the character at the beginning of the book, but by the 5th time Flora goes through her life story, I got pretty bored of it. The story drags at a few other points, when Flora cannot remember things and has to retrace her steps. Again. Sometimes I felt like hitting my forehead with the book, but as it’s only 300 pages long, it probably wouldn’t take much of an impact.

Flora finds her passport and her parents’ credit card, and follows the boy she kissed halfway across the world, surprisingly easily. Her parents are oblivious of this, as they are in Paris and as far as they are concerned, Flora is tucked up in bed being baby sat by her ex-best friend (they don’t know about the ex part either). In real life, I doubt that this plot would particularly be possible.

SWEETENER: Flora travels to the Arctic to try to track down this boy she kissed. There is some stunning descriptions of the arctic wastelands and ice sheets, and she meets some really loveable characters. However, Flora finds herself in all sorts of scrapes, and as she can’t remember them, not all of them have been told to the reader. Therefore it can get quite confusing when someone refers to a situation that neither Flora no the reader can remember. Due to a series of eye watering events, Flora finds herself back in Cornwall, and that’s where things begin to get quite confusing. I thought that the explanation given for it all was pretty unlikely (and I think illegal), and then it just stops! It’s as if there is just a page count that the author has gone over and that’s it. I would have quite liked an epilogue maybe on the anniversary of a certain death (no spoilers!) that explains what has happened since we last saw them.

But overall The One Memory of Flora Banks is well worth your time. If you enjoyed it, then you will like

  • The Lonely Life Of Biddy Weir by Lesley Allen
    Both girls suffer so much, yet Biddy has the same determination to keep on going.
  • The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr
    Written by the same author, in the same sort of style, I loved Ella Black in this haunting thriller
  • The Mysterious Incident of the Dog in the Night time by Mark Haddon
    I haven’t reviewed the other two, but you can discover this wonderful book here

 

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Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Hi readers… all 17 of you! I know I haven’t posted anything for a while, sorry 😦 , I’ve been a bit busy. But happy easter and I’ll try to get back to posting regularly soon. x

Name: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli

Published: 2015

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Simon Spier is 16 and still figuring out who he is. He feels like nobody knows, except his online boyfriend Blue. But the thing is, despite emailing him for nearly a year, Simon doesn’t actually know who Blue is. 

So when one of Simon’s emails falls into the wrong hands, he becomes stuck between helping his blackmailer or coming out to the rest of the world – and Blue. But Simon is unsure whether he is ready for Blue to find him in real life. And for him to find Blue. 

“People really are like houses with vast rooms and tiny windows. And maybe it’s a good thing the way we never stop surprising each other”

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda is one of the best books I’ve read this year. It’s very heartfelt and captivating, and will have you on the verge of tears whilst laughing. I’m starting to realise why they shortened the title to Love, Simon in the movie! (more on that later) Never mind, just have to copy and paste.

One of the greatest things about this book is that it has loads of different genres inside it, because while there is the romance between Simon and Blue; there is also family problems; disputes with friends; and of course the mystery of who Blue could be. It’s definitely not your typical romance storyline. The book also shines a light on the bullying faced by LGBTQ+ at high school, but I thought that it was handled very well.

“Straight people should have to come out too. And the more awkward it is, the better.”

SWEETENER: While the book covers some quite serious topics, there is humour and light hearted moments in-between. Everything is quite realistic though: the relationship between Simon and his online pen-pal isn’t exaggerated, as is the response to Simon coming out. Simon himself is a wonderful and hilarious character; the reader will be able to relate to his problems and daily life as a teen.

Now, as I said earlier, back in 2017 the book was adapted into a movie. I haven’t seen it yet, but it’s supposed to be very good and I can’t wait to watch it. Its a 12A, so I would probably recommend the book to that sort of age rating because there is some older content – as you would expect in a YA book – and they say the f word once. Here is the trailer:

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