The Book of Hidden Things – Francesco Dimitri – Review

Four friends have a pact: to meet up on the same day every year in their small hometown in southern Italy. Art, the charismatic leader of the group, has always been adamant about the pact. But this year, he doesn’t show up.

Searching for him, the friends make a worrying discovery: Art has been farming marijuana, a very dangerous activity in mafia controlled country. Asking around in town, they hear bizarre and incredible rumours that Art cured a young girl of leukaemia.

And them, amongst the chaos of his house, they find a curious manuscript written by Art called The Book of Hidden Things, which promises to reveal secrets enchanting as flames, and just as treacherous…

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All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven – Review

Theodore Finch wants to take his own life… ‘I’m broken, and no one can fix it’.

Violet Markey is devastated by her sister’s death… ‘In that instant, we went plowing through the guardrail, my words died too.

They meet on the ledge of the school bell tower, and so their story begins. It’s only together they can be themselves…

But, as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink. How far will Violey go to save the boy she has come to love?

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Funny Girl – Nick Hornby – Review

Five minutes after being crowned Miss Blackpool 1964, Barabra Parker has ditched the tiara and is off to London to make her fortune. A chance encounter, a shrewd change of name and one audition later sees Sophie Straw with her own BBC comedy series – and there the trouble starts.

Sophie works with a team of producers, writers and actors all vying to make this funny girl even funnier, and the nation loves her. This is the Swinging Sixties: freedom and creativity are booming in London. 

But everything is changing and nothing lasts forever. Sophie and her colleagues are in the limelight but how long can they stay on top? And when is it time to change the channel? 

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Holding Up the Universe – Jennifer Niven – Review

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, but no one’s ever looked past her weight to see who she really is. Since her mum’s death, Libby’s been hiding, but now she’s ready for high school.
I was to be the girl who can do anything.

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin too – sexy, aloof and too cool for school. But Jack’s swaggering confidence is hiding a secret he must keep at all costs. Be charming. Be hilarious.
Don’t get too close to anyone.

Then Jack meets Libby. And their worlds change.
Because sometimes when you meet someone the whole universe just comes into focus.

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Eve of Man – Giovanna & Tom Fletcher – Review

Against all odds. She Survived. The first girl born in fifty years. They called her Eve.

All her life Eve has been kept away from the opposite sex. Kept from the truth of her past.

But at sixteen it’s time for Eve to face her destiny. Three potential males have been selected for her. The future of humanity is in her hands. She’s always accepted her fate.

Until she meets Bram.

Eve wants control over her life. She wants freedom. But how do you choose between love and the future of human race? 

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Misfit – Charli Howard – Review

So, how did a slightly bonkers misfit with anxiety and eating disorders decide to solve their problems? I became a model, as you do.

Growing up, Charli Howard always felt like an outsider. So she looked at the skinny girls smiling out of magazines and came to the conclusion that to be happy, she needed to be thin. Believing that these models had perfect lives, she decided to become one herself. 

It wasn’t quite as glamorous as she’d hoped. No matter how much weight she lost, it was never enough. At her thinnest, Charli was dropped by her agency. Her angry response went viral, and she finally discovered that she wasn’t along after all. The perfection she’d been chasing does not exist.

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Not Working – Lisa Owens – Review

Now and again we all lie awake wondering what an earth we’re doing with our lives… don’t we?

Claire Flannery has had more than a few sleepless nights lately. Maybe she shouldn’t have walked out of her job with no idea what to do next. Maybe she should think before she speaks – and maybe then her mother will start returning her calls. Maybe she should be spending more time going to art galleries, or reading up on current affairs, and less time in her pyjamas, entering competitions on the internet. Then again, maybe the perfect solutions to life’s problems only arises when you stop looking for it…
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