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In the Skin of a Monster by Kathryn Barker

Title: In the Skin of a Monster

Author:Kathryn Barker

Ease: Moderate

Rating: 5/5

I read In the Skin of a Monster several years ago. When I saw that Kathryn Barker had a second book coming out this year, I thought I would re-post my review of her debut novel, only to find I hadn’t done a review. Which is crazy, because I loved this book.

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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Title: Before I Fall

Author: Lauren Oliver

Ease: Moderate

Rating: 5/5

I instantly disliked the protagonist, Sam, in Oliver’s Before I Fall. She reminded me of the girls that made me so unhappy in school – and she had no problem justifying her behaviour. So I was presently surprised to find that, by the end of the book, I had come around.

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Title: Freedom Ride

Author: Sue Lawson

Ease: Moderate

Rating: 5/5

Freedom Ride takes a look at the efforts by Australian Indigenous people and their supporters to bring attention to the inequities they were being subjected to everyday, from the point of view of Robbie, a white teenager who knows something is wrong but doesn’t know if he can, or should, stop it. Continue reading “Book Review”

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Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Don’t Look Back

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Ease: Moderate

Rating: 5/5

Sam has it all – wealth, popularity and a boyfriend that every girl in the school wants – but after a suspicious accident, she hasn’t got  a clue who she is. Someone doesn’t want Sam to regain her memories of what happened that night to her or to her best friend.

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The Whole of My World by Nicole Hayes

Title: The Whole of My World

Author: Nicole Hayes

Ease: Moderate

Rating: 5/5

I didn’t realise that this book was set in the late 80s/early 90s until the protagonist, Shelley, used a scrunchy to put her hair up. The mention of Jason Donovan was the next hint. The story though, of girl grieving for the life she lost and looking desperately for a future, is timeless.

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The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Title: The Impossible Knife of Memory

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson

Ease: Moderate

Rating: 5/5

The Impossible Knife of Memory is a dark story, tinged with humour and suspense. It has a unique voice and a brave, snarky, protagonist who balances the trials of adolescence with caring for her father – an ex-soldier haunted by his past. Continue reading “The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson”