Review: Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

30628062Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: HarperCollins Canada
Publication Date: March 28th, 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, LGBT, Contemporary, Friendship

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BLURB:

What if everything you set yourself up to be was wrong?

Frances has always been a study machine with one goal, elite university. Nothing will stand in her way; not friends, not a guilty secret – not even the person she is on the inside.

But when Frances meets Aled, the shy genius behind her favourite podcast, she discovers a new freedom. He unlocks the door to Real Frances and for the first time she experiences true friendship, unafraid to be herself. Then the podcast goes viral and the fragile trust between them is broken.

Caught between who she was and who she longs to be, Frances’ dreams come crashing down. Suffocating with guilt, she knows that she has to confront her past…
She has to confess why Carys disappeared…

Meanwhile at uni, Aled is alone, fighting even darker secrets.

It’s only by facing up to your fears that you can overcome them. And it’s only by being your true self that you can find happiness.

Frances is going to need every bit of courage she has. Continue reading

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Review: Lucy by Randy Cecil

28686880Lucy by Randy Cecil

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2016
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Recommended Age: All
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Children, Picture Books, Animals, Family

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BLURB:

A tiny dog, a kindhearted girl, and a nervous juggler converge in a cinematic book in four acts.

Lucy is a small dog without a home. She had one once, but she remembers it only in her dreams. Eleanor is a little girl who looks forward to feeding the stray dog that appears faithfully beneath her window each day. Eleanor’s father is a juggler with stage fright. Continue reading