This Heart Of Mine by C.C. Hunter – Book Review

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“A new heart saved her life—but will it help her find out what really happened to its donor?

Seventeen-year-old Leah MacKenzie is heartless. An artificial heart in a backpack is keeping her alive. However, this route only offers her a few years. And with her rare blood type, a transplant isn’t likely. Living like you are dying isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But when a heart becomes available, she’s given a second chance at life. Except Leah discovers who the donor was — a boy from her school — and they’re saying he killed himself. Plagued with dreams since the transplant, she realizes she may hold the clues to what really happened.

Matt refuses to believe his twin killed himself. When Leah seeks him out, he learns they are both having similar dreams and he’s certain it means something. While unraveling the secrets of his brother’s final moments, Leah and Matt find each other, and a love they are terrified to lose. But life and even new hearts don’t come with guarantees. Who knew living, took more courage than dying? 

This Heart of Mine is a haunting, poignant tale about living and dying, surviving grief, guilt, and heartache, while discovering love and hope in the midst of sadness.”

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A Very New Day by Steven Salmon – BOOK REVIEW #DiverseReads #OwnVoices

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A Very New Day by Steven Salmon tells the story of 13 year old Rich as he starts his first day at a ‘regular’ mainstream school. He never thought this day would come – he has cerebral palsy and relies on an electric wheelchair and uses morse code using his head to write, as he is unable to use his hands. This short story follows Rich’s first day at school, where we get an insight into what it’s like living with cerebral palsy, the problems that arise and the friends and teachers he meets whilst at school, who help him realise that anything is possible.

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Moonrise by Sarah Crossan – BOOK REVIEW

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‘They think I hurt someone. 
But I didn’t. You hear?
Coz people are gonna be telling you
all kinds of lies.
I need you to know the truth.’

Joe hasn’t seen his brother for ten years, and it’s for the most brutal of reasons. Ed is on death row.

But now Ed’s execution date has been set, and Joe is determined to spend those last weeks with him, no matter what other people think …

From one-time winner and two-time Carnegie Medal shortlisted author Sarah Crossan, this poignant, stirring, huge-hearted novel asks big questions. What value do you place on life? What can you forgive? And just how do you say goodbye?

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The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch – BOOK REVIEW

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A whip-smart, heart-wrenching debut YA novel about first love, first loss, and filmmaking that will delight fans of Jandy Nelson and Jennifer Niven

In the movie version of Amelia’s life, the roles have always been clear. Her older brother, Toby: definitely the Star. As popular with the stoners as he is with the cheerleaders, Toby is someone you’d pay ten bucks to watch sweep Battle of the Bands and build a “beach party” in the bathroom. As for Amelia? She’s Toby Anderson’s Younger Sister. She’s perfectly happy to watch Toby’s hijinks from the sidelines, when she’s not engrossed in one of her elaborately themed Netflix movie marathons. 

But recently Toby’s been acting in a very non-movie-version way. He’s stopped hanging out with his horde of friends and started obsessively journaling and disappearing for days at a time. Amelia doesn’t know what’s happened to her awesome older brother, or who this strange actor is that’s taken his place. And there’s someone else pulling at her attention: a smart, cute new boyfriend who wants to know the real Amelia—not Toby’s Sidekick. Amelia feels adrift without her star, but to best help Toby—and herself—it might be time to cast a new role: Amelia Anderson, leading lady.

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Being A Girl by Hayley Long and Gemma Correll (Illustrator) – BOOK REVIEW

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*I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion in any way*

This is such a light-hearted, yet deeply informative guidance book for younger girls (pre-teens/early teens I would say) on everything you would possibly need to know about growing up as a girl. And when I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING – periods, sex, crushes, friendships, sexuality, appearance, hygiene, pressures, media – you name it! The layout is easy to follow and there’s even a few quizzes thrown in there! The book is so relevant and includes information on being transgender and different sexualities, as well as simply giving advice and not pressuring teens to do something they aren’t comfortable with (e.g. giving information on how to shave but saying that it’s not something that teen girls HAVE to do if they don’t want – the choice is up to them!). I couldn’t help but laugh at some of the comments that Hayley made and I think that is why this is such a perfect book – it doesn’t feel daunting to read. The illustrations by Gemma Correll are also very funny and add wonderfully to this amazing book!

A book I wish I had when I was younger – this would have been super useful, especially compared to the 1990s growing up book I was given!


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Marie

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