Review: The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Stevens

Challenge criteria: A book about a problem facing society today

Blurb:

Izzy O’Neill is an aspiring comic, an impoverished orphan, and a Slut Extraordinaire. Or at least, that’s what the malicious website flying round the school says. Izzy can try all she wants to laugh it off – after all, her sex life, her terms – but when pictures emerge of her doing the dirty with a politician’s son, her life suddenly becomes the centre of a national scandal. Izzy’s never been ashamed of herself before, and she’s not going to start now. But keeping her head up will take everything she has…

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Why you need to read The Baby-Sitter’s Club

I grew up in the 90s and 00s, and a lot of my time then was spent reading series that would shape much of my outlook on life. One such series was The Baby-Sitter’s Club by Ann M. Martin.

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Review: Freshers by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

Challenge criteria: A book from a genre/subgenre you’ve never heard of.

Blurb:

Another laugh-out-loud dual narrative, Freshers is a YA novel following two protagonists through that tumultuous first year of university. Starring new characters – but featuring some familiar faces from Lobsters – Freshers is a contemporary, authentic story packed full of love, sex and friendship.

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How We Survived A Book Buying Ban

Setptember was a big month for me and some of my bookish friends. We all decided that we’d take a break from book buying and just focus on the books we had to hand. I’ve decided to extend mine, and now it will be my reward when I’ve done 50 work outs. Some of the other girls joined in, and have decided to take their ban a little further too. But, I asked two of them what they thought about their time in book buying jail, and what are their plans for when it’s all over.

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Review: A Season of Hopes and Dreams by Lynsey James

This book did not fit any of my challenge criteria.

Blurb:

It’s been a difficult year for Cleo Jones. The car accident that crushed her leg didn’t just destroy the village baker’s dreams of becoming a dancer, but crushed her confidence too. And recovering from that has been harder than healing from any number of broken bones…

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