Review: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

This book did not fit any of my challenge criteria.

Blurb:

Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

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Books That Don’t Get Enough Love

This post is part of Top 10 Tuesday run by Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl

I am a pretty big fan of sometimes reading a book not a lot of people know about. It’s like your very own secret thing to enjoy in the world. Like when you buy a tub of ice cream and don’t tell your partner or housemates about it. Other times, I like to share my secrets with the world. I think there are quite a few books that have fallen a little under the radar and need to be celebrated more. Have you read any of these books below?

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Review: How Not to Disappear by Clare Furniss

Challenge criteria: A book with characters who are twins

Blurb:

Our memories are what make us who we are. Some are real. Some are made up. But they are the stories that tell us who we are. Without them we are nobody.

Hattie’s summer isn’t going as planned. Her two best friends have abandoned her: Reuben has run off to Europe to ‘find himself” and Kat is in Edinburgh with her new girlfriend. Meanwhile Hattie is stuck babysitting her twin siblings and dealing with endless drama around her mum’s wedding. Oh, and she’s also just discovered that she’s pregnant with Reuben’s baby.

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YA myths debunked 

Ask people who don’t like to read a lot of YA and they’ll all tell you roughly the same things. It’s boring. It’s too easy. It’s too fluffy. I’ve heard these time and time again, and I’m here to set the record straight.

There are quite a few common misconceptions about YA fiction, but these are the most common ones I felt really needed to be addressed.

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Review: Clean by Juno Dawson

Challenge criteria: A book about a problem facing society today.

(Disclaimer: I was sent this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way affected my opinion of the book, nor the outcome of the review.)

Before I start with this review, I need to mention that there are quite a lot of trigger warnings associated with this book. Drug use, drug abuse, abusive relationships, death, these are just some of them. Do keep that in mind before you read this book.

Blurb:

I can feel it swimming through my veins like glitter … it’s liquid gold.

When socialite Lexi Volkov almost overdoses, she thinks she’s hit rock bottom. She’s wrong. Rock bottom is when she’s forced into an exclusive rehab facility.

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