We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

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Nicu has emigrated from Romania and is struggling to find his place in his new home.
 
Meanwhile, Jess’s home life is overshadowed by violence.
 
When Nicu and Jess meet, what starts out as friendship grows into romance as the two bond over their painful pasts and hopeful futures. But will they be able to save each other, let alone themselves?
 
 
 

Review

I am not going to lie, I was quite nervous of reading this book. While I hadn’t read any books by Sarah Crossan or Brian Conaghan, but I had heard only good things about Sarah Crossan’s previous novel ‘One’. I knew both that one and this book were written in free verse which was quite daunting to me. I’ve read unusual narrative’s before to critically acclaimed books, and I couldn’t get on with them at all, so I was nervous, but I really wanted to read something a little out of my comfort zone.
 
I am so glad I did and about 3 pages in, I put my Kindle down, ordered ‘One’ and then went back to reading this wonderful story. It is quite a quick read, but that doesn’t stop the story being simply beautiful.
 
Each author has taken charge of a different character. Jess is a troubled teenage girl who lives with her mum, who’s in an abusive relationship. Nice is Romanian, and is determined to make the most of his life in England.
 
I adored both characters. It was so sad seeing Jess’s situation at home. It just goes to show that because someone acts loud and rebellious, there is often a reason behind it. Any other circumstance, I would find it hard to connect with Jess, but I was so wishful that life was different for both Jess and her mum. Jess, when you got to know her was a really nice person, she was the only person to give Nicu the time of day and see him as a human being. It would of been easy to ignore him from peer pressure, but their friendship grows and it is lovely to read.
I really liked Nicu too, he genuinely seemed keen to learn and fit in, but was barely given a chance, by both his father (who was abusive and arranging a marriage for Nicu) and people at school who were beyond rude and it was some uncomfortable reading.
 
Then there was the last third which really got to me. |t was part anger-inducing and really sad at the same time. This book was a great read, and definitely has pushed me to try more books I’d normally be nervous to try.
 
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Published by: Bloomsbury
Gratefully received from the Publisher for review
 
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March Monthly Challenge

Now I’ve been able to read a fair bit more recently, I think it’s time to re-start my monthly challenge to read at least 8 books. So here is my 8 books I plan to read in March! 
 
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The People at Number 9 by Felicity Everett (released April 6th 2017)
 
When Gav and Lou move into the house next door, Sara spends days plucking up courage to say hello. The neighbours are glamorous, chaotic and just a little eccentric. They make the rest of Sara’s street seem dull by comparison.
 
When the hand of friendship is extended, Sara is delighted and flattered. Incredibly, Gav and Lou seem to see something in Sara and Neil that they admire too. In no time at all, the two couples are soulmates, sharing suppers, bottles of red wine and childcare, laughing and trading stories and secrets late into the night in one another’s houses.
 
And the more time Sara spends with Gav and Lou, the more she longs to make changes in her own life. But those changes will come at a price. Soon Gav and Lou will be asking things they’ve no right to ask of their neighbours, with shattering consequences for all of them…
 
This book simply sounds fascinating, the synopsis instantly caught my attention.
 
This Love by Dani Atkins (Released March 23rd 2017)
 
Sophie Winter lives in a self-imposed cocoon – she’s a single, thirty-one year old translator who works from home in her one bedroom flat. This isn’t really the life she dreamed of, but then Sophie stopped believing in happy endings a very long time ago, when she was fifteen years old and tragedy struck her family. Her grief has left her scared of commitment and completely risk averse, so she plays it safe and keeps everyone at arm’s length. Sophie understands she has a problem, but recognising it and knowing how to fix it are two entirely different things.
 
One night a serious fire breaks out in the flat below hers. Sophie is trapped in the burning building until a random passer-by, Ben, luckily happens to spot and rescue her. Suddenly her cocoon is shattered – what will be the consequences of this second life-changing event?
 
Loved ‘Our Song’ so much, it was inevitable I would pick this up sooner rather than later!
 
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One Little Mistake by Emma Curtis
 
YOU TRUSTED YOUR BEST FRIEND . . . YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE.
 
Vicky Seagrave is blessed: three beautiful children, a successful, doting husband, great friends and a job she loves. She should be perfectly happy.
 
When she makes a split-second decision that risks everything she holds dear, there’s only person she trusts enough to turn to.
 
But Vicky is about to learn that one mistake is all it takes; that if you’re careless with those you love, you don’t deserve to keep them… 
 
This book is going to feed my need for thriller’s I’ve been feeling recently.
 
On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher
Evie Snow is eighty-two when she quietly passes away in her sleep, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. It’s the way most people wish to leave the world but when Evie reaches the door of her own private heaven, she finds that she’s become her twenty-seven-year-old self and the door won’t open.
 
Evie’s soul must be light enough to pass through so she needs to get rid of whatever is making her soul heavy. For Evie, this means unburdening herself of the three secrets that have weighed her down for over fifty years, so she must find a way to reveal them before it’s too late. As Evie begins the journey of a lifetime, she learns more about life and love than she ever thought possible, and somehow , some way, she may also find her way back to her long lost love…
 
I’ve wanted to read this one for a while, sounds magical.
 
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Orange Blossom Days by Patricia Scanlan (released March 9th 2017)
 
In a beautiful southern Spanish town, where the sea sparkles and orange blossoms scent the air, the gates of a brand new apartment complex, La Joya deAndalucía, glide open to welcome the new owners.
 
Anna and Austen MacDonald, an Irish couple, are preparing to enjoy their retirement to the full. But the demands of family cause problems they have never foreseen and shake their marriage to the core.
 
Sally-Ann Connolly Cooper, a feisty Texan mother of two young teenagers, is reeling from her husband’s infidelity. La Joya becomes a place of solace for Sally-Ann, in more ways than one.
 
Eduardo Sanchez, a haughty Madrileño, has set out with single-minded determination to become El Presidente of the complex’s management committee. But pride comes before a fall.
 
Jutta Sauer Perez, a sophisticated German who aspires to own her very own apartment in La Joya, works hard to reach her goal. Then the unthinkable happens.
 
As their lives entwine and friendships and enmities develop, it becomes apparent that La Joya is not quite the haven they all expect it to be…
 
Hopefully this gets me in a summery mood unlike the weather out there right now. It sounds wonderful, and with multiple viewpoints, just my sort of book.
 
One Of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus (Released June 1st 2017)
 
On Thursday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
 
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
 
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
 
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
 
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
 
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
 
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investi­gators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Thursday, he died. But on Friday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they just the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? 
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.
 
I know this is not out for ages, but It sounds soooooo good!
 
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The Escape by C. L. Taylor (Released March 23rd 2017)
 
When a stranger asks Jo Blackmore for a lift she says yes, then swiftly wishes she hadn’t.
 
The stranger knows Jo’s name, she knows her husband Max and she’s got a glove belonging to Jo’s two year old daughter Elise.
 
What begins with a subtle threat swiftly turns into a nightmare as the police, social services and even Jo’s own husband turn against her.
 
No one believes that Elise is in danger. But Jo knows there’s only one way to keep her child safe – RUN.
 
I’ve Loved C. L. Taylor’s other books, and by the first chapter I snuck a look at last night, this one’s going to be just as good 
 
The Memory Book by Lara Avery
 
They tell me that my memory will never be the same, that I’ll start forgetting things. At first just a little, and then a lot. So I’m writing to remember.
 
Sammie was always a girl with a plan: graduate at the top of her class and get out of her small town as soon as humanly possible. Nothing will stand in her way–not even a rare genetic disorder the doctors say will slowly start to steal her memories and then her health. What she needs is a new plan.
 
So the Memory Book is born: Sammie’s notes to her future self, a document of moments great and small. It’s where she’ll record every perfect detail of her first date with longtime crush, Stuart–a brilliant young writer who is home for the summer. And where she’ll admit how much she’s missed her childhood best friend, Cooper, and even take some of the blame for the fight that ended their friendship.
 
Through a mix of heartfelt journal entries, mementos, and guest posts from friends and family, readers will fall in love with Sammie, a brave and remarkable girl who learns to live and love life fully, even though it’s not the life she planned.
 
I’ve been meaning to read this for a few months, so now is the time!

Monday Catchup 26th September – 2nd October

This week I’ve read two books to meet my target, but had to leave ‘Me Before You’ to sneak in between reads in October. Considering I had a bad week, I’m happy enough with that.

Read Last Week

 
When Ellen starts dating Tom, she neglects to mention that she’s a huge fan of the band he used to be in, because that just wouldn’t be cool, would it?
 
Ellen also keeps quiet about how she once spent an evening with Tom’s ex-best friend Jasper, her long-term celebrity crush. Tom doesn’t need to know about that, it’s all in the past.
 
Enjoyed this book, it was a fun light hearted read!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The thirty-first of October usually marks the start of the party season in the Benson Edwards household but, having recently lost his beloved cat Fishy, little Jack, aged eight, isn’t ready to celebrate.
 
When the rest of the Bensons and their neighbours decide to throw a Halloween fancy-dress bash in an attempt to cheer Jack up, however, not everything goes to plan as Mark and Ronnie play a ghostly prank which inadvertently sparks a local scandal.
 
By the time Bonfire Night rolls around, will their neighbourhood relations be up in in smoke? And will Jack have rediscovered his sparkle?
 
I completely forgot about this until recommended to me on Twitter (Thanks Laura!) when asking for a light hearted novella. Definitely made me miss the Benson’s even more!

Reading This Week

I know, it’s only a few days into October and I’m already differing from the reading plan, but I couldn’t resist reading these, and they’re pretty short.
 
 
Hear the tale of Beauty and the Beast from an unknown perspective: the Beast’s.
 
How did a handsome prince, once jovial and beloved by his people, become a bitter and reclusive monster?
 
Find out in this story of vanity and arrogance, of love and hatred, of beastliness and, of course, beauty.
 
Words fail me on how excited I am for this book. DISNEY!!!!!! They also have a Wicked Queen from Snow White book, and coming soon, one based on URSULA!!!!!!!!!
 
 
 
 
What if the sleeping beauty never woke up? It should be simple – a dragon defeated, a slumbering maiden, a prince poised to wake her. But when said prince falls asleep as soon as his lips meet the princess’s, it is clear that this fairy tale is far from over.
 
With a desperate fairy’s last curse infiltrating her mind, Princess Aurora will have to navigate a dangerous magical landscape deep in the depths of her dreams. Soon she stumbles upon Phillip, a charming prince eager to join her quest. But with Maleficent’s agents following her every move, Aurora struggles to discover who her true allies are, and more importantly, who she truly is. Time is running out. Will the sleeping beauty be able to wake herself up?
 
Again I cannot wait to read this, and the rest in the series, based on Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast.

Books Bought this week

Bought This Week
Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell
Falling Leaves and Fireworks by Chrissie Manby
Evelyn, After by Victoria Helen Stone
The Problem With Crazy by Lauren K. McKellar
 

Silence is Goldfish by Annabel Pitcher

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‘I have a voice but it isn’t mine. It used to say things so I’d fit in – to please my parents, to please my teachers. It used to tell the universe I was something I wasn’t. It lied.’
 
Fifteen-year-old Tess doesn’t mean to become mute. At first, she’s just too shocked to speak. And who wouldn’t be? Discovering your whole life has been a lie because your dad isn’t your real father is a pretty big deal. Tess sets out to find the truth of her identity, and uncovers a secret that could ruin multiple lives. But can she ask for help when she’s forgotten how to use her voice?

Review

I’ve heard good things about Annabel Pitchers previous two novels, so was very excited to read this book. In the first chapter is Tess running away from home after finding something devastating on her dad’s laptop. Before I found out exactly what it was I was convinced it would be something much darker than it was, so to me at least it was almost a relief when I found out the real room. The news is understandably devastating to Tess and breaks her world as she knows it.
 
While Tess is not talking, she does have inner conversations with a goldfish torch she bought when running away. Mr Goldfish is another voice, the voice we al have where we debate things in our heads, and therefore you get a good sense of the conflict and feelings Tess feels throughout the book. Mr Goldfish helps her try to figure out and cope with the various problems she faces.
 
The book was well written from the setting to the characters, you could easily picture the school classrooms and canteen, and relate the characters to people you’ve known at school. I really enjoyed all the characters, there was such a variation of personalities. You have Henry who was philosophical and spoke in a way that I can imagine will get on some peoples nerves, as I feel it could come across as pretentious or stuck-up thinking he’s beyond the mundaneness of consumerism and such like, but can be equally charming with it, like when he met Tess’s mum who hangs on every word Henry says. Then you have Anna who is clearly a bully at the start of the book, but then becomes nicer, and you find yourself second guessing yourself and the first impressions she made. Every character is clearly individual, most will bring smiles to your face and you want to get to know how they fit into Tess’s life.
 
Tess has an obsession after finding out the news, and it’s understandable, but it quickly gets out of control. You are helpless to do anything and can only watch. In some regards the reaction was that of a much younger person, and while thinking about it would have been expected, the lengths Tess goes to is bordering on worrying. Tess has previously lied to her parents. She wanted to be perfect to them, or at least what she interpreted as their picture of perfection. It was tough on her, having to do things she didn’t enjoy, and it eventually ended in the break up of her relationship with her best friend, and it was sad to see. However in one way, everything that happened to her, did lead her to Henry, who was a ray of sunshine in her life. He was nothing like I was expecting him to be and it was so nice to see their friendship blossom.
 
I would have liked a chapter or two of ‘normality’ in Tess’s life before she found out the news, as she is so angry at her dad Jack throughout the book and treats she of his quirks with such contempt, like his constant lying to make himself seem more successful in his acting than he actually is. Did this annoy her beforehand, or did she overlook it out of love and now she’s angry she is more sensitive to it?
Jack also seems to have quite a temper at times, when talking about exam, after their pantomime as a couple of examples. It was only towards the end that I started liking him, as even flashbacks didn’t paint him in a fantastic light, but then as we only get Tess’s point of view, obviously she isn’t going to recall all the fun times they had.
 
Overall I enjoyed this book, it covers more issues than I thought it would, initially I was worried it would 100% focus on her obsession, but it branched out into much more and that made it much better.
 
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Published by: Orion Children’s Books
Gratefully received from the Publisher for review
 
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