Books, LGBT, Recommendations

The Memory Book – Lara Avery

They tell me that my memory isn’t going to be the same, that I might start forgetting things. At first just a little, and then a lot. So I’m writing to remember. Continue reading “The Memory Book – Lara Avery”

Books, LGBT, Recommendations

Unbecoming – Jenny Downham


Three women – three secrets – one heart-stopping story. Katie, seventeen, in love with someone whose identity she can’t reveal.Her mother Caroline, uptight, worn out and about to find the past catching up with her. Katie’s grandmother, Mary, back with the family after years of mysterious absence and ‘capable of anything’, despite suffering from Alzheimer’s. As Katie cares for an elderly woman who brings daily chaos to her life, she finds herself drawn to her. Rules get broken as allegiances shift. Is Mary contagious? Is ‘badness’ genetic? In confronting the past, Katie is forced to seize the present. As Mary slowly unravels and family secrets are revealed, Katie learns to live and finally dares to love. Funny, sad, honest and wise, Unbecoming is a celebration of life, and learning to honour your own stories.

This is the third book from the YA Book Prize shortlist that I’ve read so far – I’m very proud of myself! The other two are The Lie Tree and The Rest Of Us Just Live Here. A group are shadowing it at school, so hopefully I’ll read a couple more before the winner is announced next month. Continue reading “Unbecoming – Jenny Downham”




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Lauren has been using it for ages, but I didn’t really know what it was. Turns out, it’s a pretty easy way to follow the blogs you love across platforms, without having to check each one in turn, and you get an email when one updates!

I’m really excited about getting to grips with this new (…to me, anyway) platform, and finding loads of new and exciting blogs to follow. I hope you’ll join me over there!

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Dumplin’ – Julie Murphy


“There’s a beauty queen in that cute, little fat girl.”

“No,” I say. “That cute little fat girl IS a beauty queen.” Continue reading “Dumplin’ – Julie Murphy”