I’ve Got Your Number Review

At first, I wondered how I was going to get through this book. The protagonist, Poppy, starts of being so incredibly annoying as she’s looking for her engagement ring (and this bit of the book feels completely out of character for her).

The story gets better when that part is over. It’s actually really cute.

I love the way Poppy learns that she’s not inferior to super intelligent people. Totally empathised with her playing Scrabble with Magnus’ family. I spend alot of time with people with PhDs with Dad’s with PhDs so this part was particularly nice to read!

I loved how much Sam (the boss of the PA whose phone Poppy finds) and Poppy learn from each other, being very different people.

I wish Poppy had nicer female friends because she deserves them.

The ending is cheesy but kind of adorable. It could have been a much shorter book though!

Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling Review

Back into the world of chic lit – I thought I’d read this book. I thought it would be a bit like Can’t Copsy, Won’t Cope, but duh just because the character is called Aisling and it’s a small town girl in Dublin, doesn’t mean it is gonna be the same.

The book was so perfect. It started off okay – nothing special. Woman just gets fed up because her boyfriend isn’t in a rush to get married even after 7 years.

Aisling moves in with two other women and together they face womanhood.

The book tackles challenging topics like abortion in Ireland and sick parents, work problems…there is so much.

All of it is so relatable – especially Aisling’s relationship with her parents.

Honestly, what I chose for some light-hearted chic lit actually turned out to make me laugh and cry and feel all the things. I’m so glad I picked it up!

Rebecca

Tradition Review

Brendan Kiely has written an emotive book with themes of sexual assault, lad culture and feminism, told through two points of view: Jules and Bax.

I loved how the book played on Tradition. Their school had so many sexist traditions and Jules fought against them but everything fell on deaf ears.

It reminded me of a more mature Moxie.

Bax was an excellent character, one with faults but he actually cares about the girls and stood up for them with his mates.

I enjoyed that falling in love wasn’t the focus – it just isn’t needed in a book about sexual assault. Bax showed support for Jules through friendship which is exactly what she needed.

I wish we had an epilogue from a year later. The ending was excellent and dramatic but I need to know where these characters end up. I hope they all got into college despite the end!

It did ring true though. Very true and sad.

Overall, and excellent book. Just wanted more of it!

Rebecca.

Moxie Review

Jennifer Mathieu is a genius. An actual genius.

So Moxie is started by a girl who is fed up of how sexist her school is. Everything from the uniform checks to the guys who get away with everything is just so damn accurate.

Even if you were pretty invisible at school you’ve probably had your bra strap pinged or had someone make inappropriate comments. Every woman knows someone who’s been harassed.

This book really highlights how the little things are actually a big deal and should be sanctioned even if your school just passes it off as boys being boys.

Even the way girls get in trouble for skirts above the knee, for wearing too much make up. Heck I know girls who weren’t even wearing any make up get handed wet wipes.

I wish every school had to read this book in citizenship or whatever because everyone can learn something from it.

On to the story – the main character, Vivian, is excellent. She’s a quiet, shy girl who decides she’s had enough of it all.

I loved how the girls all rallied together. The ending was perfect. The friendship was excellent.

I loved Vivian’s relationship with her Mum. It was endearing and her Mum was just the right balance of cool without being undrealistic.

I loved the romance and how it showed that guys aren’t all bad and can learn when they get things wrong.

I loved how to showed girls are often discouraged from leadership roles in school and encouraged to do more supportive things.

Basically, it was the best contemporary I’ve read in a while and didn’t even mind that it was predictable.

I’m just happy girls growing up have books like this to read!

Do you have any favourite contemporary YA books? Let me know in the comments!

Rebecca.

I Was Born For This Review

Hey,

One of the books I read last week was one I’d pre-ordered. I’ve followed Alice Oseman since Solitaire (she’s my age), purely because the way she seems on her Tumblr chronicintrovert is really honest and truthful. You can also see aspects of her personality shine through in her characters which is really lovely to read.

Her book Radio Silence is one of my favourites because of all the messages and it’s unusual to see YA about academic stress despite it being prevalent.

So, onto I Was Born For This. Again, friendship is a great theme. Plus diversity (Alice consulted with both trans and Muslim people and gave them credit in the acknowledgements).

I like that Alice made Angel 18 years old. She went to meet one of her online friends so I’m glad she was an adult. I like how she also showed the upsides and downsides of online friendships – a good message for her younger audience. As always, she mastered character development (Angel learnt that The Ark boys aren’t living as perfect lives as she thought, and that she should love herself as much as she loves The Ark). I also loved how Angel showed some symptoms of anxiety but was also quite a chatty, sociable person at fan events. That was really good representation as it it’s usually the introverted characters that have anxiety.

The Ark boys were great. I love how Alice explored young musicians with anxiety. I loved how the boys learned that not all of their fans were crazy. I loved their friendship. I loved a scene with Jimmy’s Grandad so much that I cried a bit. I loved how each of the boys had a different personality.

I love how strong the character of Bliss was. She knew what she wanted in her future and put that above a relationship that wasn’t really working which was excellent to see.

At times I didn’t find Angel and Juliet particularly likeable – but I think that was the point. I did like who they became at the end and that’s the main thing.

Overall, I think Alice has written a very relevant novel. I hope this brings her more success, and more attention to her previous books. I would like book 4 very much!!

Rebecca.