Young Adult reviews

Steal My Sunshine by Emily Gale

Hannah feels like an outsider in her family. She is constantly at war with her older brother, and her parents’ relationship is struggling. Her best friend, Chloe, is lively and full of sass but their…

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Cry Blue Murder by Kim Kane & Marion Roberts

Being a big fan of Kim Kane’s book Pip: The Story of Olive and Marion Roberts’ Sunny Side Up, I was more than a little excited about this first collaborative venture for older readers. But nothing co…

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The Zigzag Effect by Lili Wilkinson

I was super excited when I was given a copy of Lili Wilkinson’s new novel, The Zigzag Effect. Having thoroughly enjoyed her past two girl detective stories, with their clever plots and flirty romance…

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Freaks Like Us by Susan Vaught

Plenty of YA novels contain characters that see themselves as existing at the edges of society, but in Freaks Like Us it’s undeniably true. Jason becomes an instant murder suspect when his best frien…

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Girl Defective by Simmone Howell

Sky lives above the family record shop with a dad who loves beer too much and a brother, Gully, who has trouble fitting into society’s idea of normal. Oh, and there’s Nancy – Sky’s idol of sorts. She…

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What The Raven Saw by Samantha Ellen Bound

This quirky first novel narrated by a grumpy, self-obsessed raven is beautifully written and has a great deal to offer readers who like something a bit different.

The raven has made his home in a gr…

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Life In Outer Space by Melissa Keil

Sam is biding his time at a high school full of ‘knob-jocks’. An aspiring screenwriter with a fondness for horror flicks, his world (of warcraft) starts to change with the arrival of Camilla. She’s f…

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