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Kisses for Lula – Samantha Mackintosh

Title: Kisses for Lula
Author: Samantha Mackintosh
Published by: Electric Monkey

Publication date: 2010
Pages: 368
Genres: Mystery; Romance; Chick Lit
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

7/10

Kisses for Lula

 

Lula Bird is gorgeous, funny and dreading her birthday because you can’t turn 16 if you’ve never been kissed…

So why does every boy in Hambledon run a mile the second she bats her eyelashes? The fact is, they fear for their lives. Rumour has it Lula’s been jinxed!

And it’s not as if that’s her only problem: Lula thinks she has a stalker, her dad keeps sneaking out at night with a lady’s handbag, and a mysterious theft is threatening to bring the town to its knees…

With only 5 days to go till her birthday, can Lula get the guy, solve the crime and jilt the jinx for good?

 

Although not initially my type of book, I surprisingly enjoyed the drama and mystery surrounding Lula and her family and peers. I found it humorous the amount of drama created by Lula not being kissed by the age of 16 (does this mean I’m jinxed?!?!) but the accompanying side story lines gave this book an added depth which I wasn’t expecting from a romance, chick lit genre of book. I have had very bad experiences with similar books to this one and found them very two-dimensional. This book was definitely the exception! I would definitely recommend it to teens!

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Blink Once – Cylin Busby

Title: Blink Once
Author: Cylin Busby
Published by: Bloomsbury

Publication date: 2012
Pages: 288
Genres: Young Adult; Suspense; Mystery; Romance; Medical
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

10/10

Blink Once

 

‘I’m your neighbour, Olivia. Don’t bother trying to talk…Just blink once for yes and twice for no.’

Lying in a hospital bed, unable to move, West meets the girl of his dreams. She is beautiful and mysterious, and she likes him too. But if no one else sees their love, is it real? West has to find the truth, for her sake. Even if she’s never coming back.

 

Oh. My. God. This book was perfection! I absolutely adored it from the first page, West’s quirky and cheeky personality shines through the words and when he meets Olivia and they begin to feel love for each other, it filled my heart with happiness. I almost forgot that both characters were trying to forge a romantic relationship in a hospital setting…which is probably never going to work. The plot twist when West has his surgery though broke my heart and made me feel so much sympathy for him.

I just have no negative words to describe this book, it was that good. Very rarely do I feel so strongly positive towards a book but Blink Once, though fairly short, was a very powerful and moving novel. Once I had finished it, I ached inside wanting to know more about West’s life and he copes without Olivia and copes in his ‘new’ life. I just wish there was a sequel for this book! Highly recommended!

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Trouble – Non Pratt

Title: Trouble
Author: Non Pratt
Published by: Walker Books

Publication date: 2014
Pages: 381
Genres: Realistic; Romance; Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Library Loan

5/10

 

Trouble

 

Hannah is smart and funny. She’s also fifteen and pregnant.

Aaron is the new boy at school. He doesn’t want to attract attention.

So why does Aaron offer to be the pretend dad to Hannah’s unborn baby?

Growing up can be trouble but that’s how you find out what really matters.

 

This book began very slowly and I found myself getting bored with the characters and the storyline as I couldn’t see the point in the plot. However, around the half way mark, it began to pick up pace and I started developing emotional attachments to Hannah and Aaron, although I did feel that it ended all too abruptly with no real conclusion. I do think that Trouble is aimed at the lower end of the Young Adult spectrum though so I would recommend it to readers aged between 12 and 15.

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Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

10/10

Simon vs the Homo sapiens agenda

 

Synopsis

Simon Spier is sixteen and trying to work out who he is – and what he’s looking for. But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls into the wrong hands, things get all kinds of complicated. Because, for Simon, falling for Blue is a big deal…

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

This book had me on tenterhooks the entire way through; it had me smiling at the cuteness, feeling sympathetic for Simon’s predicaments and situations and I overall absolutely loved it!

The characters are so well developed and the clues hidden throughout the book as to Blue’s real identity are well hidden but when you know the truth, are so obvious. It keeps you guessing right up until the end.

This book does show Simon’s rollercoaster of emotions as he goes through blackmail, coming out and bullying before finally accepting who he is and finds out who ‘Blue’ really is and then declares them boyfriends. It is a truly beautiful moment when they meet each other in the flesh for the first time despite going to the same school for years.

This book is guaranteed to make you experience all of Simon’s emotions along with him and be prepared upon starting this book, for an addictive ride in Simon’s mind and life. Well worth the read!

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Withering Tights – Louise, Rennison

7/10

Withering Tights

 

Synopsis

You know what it’s like when you have your first snog, and it feels like a tiny bat is barging around in your mouth? Of course you do. So you will love Tallulah Casey as she careers about in her tights. She’s your kind of mate.

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

Tallulah Casey is 14 and she is about to attend Dother Hall of Performing Arts for the Summer. There’s just one problem, though. She can’t sing or dance. Throughout this book, the reader follows the adventures or ‘misadventures’ of Tallulah as she shows off her Irish Dancing skills and gets her first kisses from boys.

This is a hilarious book, normally not my type of reading as it is quite simple language, however, I absolutely loved it! In some places, it had me laughing, whilst in others, I felt sympathetic for Tallulah’s predicaments.

I would highly recommend this book to young teens or pre-teens because you are guaranteed to enjoy it in some way, even if this is not your style of reading.

The second book in the series can be found here.

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