Title: Before I Fall
Author: Lauren Oliver
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: I Crawl Through It
Author: A.S. King
I Crawl Through It is a weird read with a surrealist feel but the issues faced by the four main characters are real and relevant.
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Title: One Step
Author: Andrew Daddo
One Step is an emotional roller-coaster of a book that literally had me on the edge of my seat.
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Title: The Cruelty
Author: Scott Bergstrom
The Cruelty takes us on a dark, dangerous, journey into the seedy world of spies and organised crime. Gwendolyn is forced to do the unthinkable to save her father and thereby sacrifices her innocence forever.
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Title: Violence 101
Author: Denis Wright
Violence 101 is dark, disturbing and takes us deep into the mind of a psychopath.
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Title: Freedom Ride
Author: Sue Lawson
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”
Title: Don’t Look Back
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
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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Title: The Whole of My World
Author: Nicole Hayes
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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Title: The Impossible Knife of Memory
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
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”
Title: Life of Pi
Author: Yann Martel
If you enjoy books that make you think, that take you on a journey and that refuse to be predictable than this is the book for you. Continue reading “Life Of Pi by Yann Martel”