This book did not fit any of my Challenge criteria.
It’s the mid-1990s, and fifteen year-old Guernsey schoolgirls, Renée and Flo, are not really meant to be friends.
This post comes as part of my role as a #BroodingYAHero Street Team member, the #BroodyBFFs.
LGTB issues are incredibly important, not just to me but in the world as a whole. It’s important, so, that YA fiction (and general fiction) represent LGBT characters and issues properly.
Today marks the beginning of the Leaving Cert, the final school exams in Ireland before you head off to college. It’s the sixth anniversary of when I sat my own exams, meaning I’ve been out of secondary school now for as long as I was in it. Kids starting their Leaving Cert weren’t even in secondary school when I sat my own exams. And that, readers, is how you feel old.
In honour of this great moment, I took a look at the texts and tomes I studied for my own Mental Torture™. The greatest feat will be if I can actually remember them. In this, I’ve included my studied prose – this would enter into thesis levels if I rattled off all the poetry and poets I focused on.
Challenge criteria: The first book in a series you haven’t read
Anna has everything figured out – she was about to start senior year with her best friend, she had a great weekend job, and her huge work crush looked as if it might finally be going somewhere… Until her dad decides to send her 4383 miles away to Paris. On her own.
There’s no point in sugar coating it. Some books are absolutely terrifying. In Friends, Joey had the right idea to put any scary books in the fridge. Let’s be honest, there’s a few books that also belong in among the (frozen) fishes.