My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars Received: Hachette Book Group Publication Date: September 16th, 2014 Publisher: Poppy Point of View: 1st Person & Alternative Recommended Age: 14+ Pacing: Normal Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Death, Contemporary, Friendship
During a semester in the wilderness, sixteen-year-old Sib expects the tough outdoor education program and the horrors of dorm life, but friendship drama and love that gets complicated? That will take some navigating.
New girl Lou has zero interest in fitting in, or joining in. Still reeling from a loss that occurred almost a year ago, she just wants to be left alone. But as she witnesses a betrayal unfolding around Sib and her best friend Holly, Lou can’t help but be drawn back into the land of the living.
In this tender, funny story of first love, good friendship, and going a little bit wild, Fiona Wood introduces two unforgettable girls who discover that before you can be true to yourself, you have to figure out exactly who you are. Continue reading →
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Hachette Book Group Publication Date: August 11th 2015 Publisher: Poppy Point of View: 1st Person & Masculine Recommended Age: 12+ Pacing: Normal Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Family, Contemporary Romance, Humor, Animals
1. Kiss Estelle.
2. Get a job.
3. Cheer my mother up.
4. Try not to be a complete nerd/loser.
5. Talk to my father when he calls.
6. Figure out how to be good.
Nerd-boy Dan Cereill is not quite coping with a reversal of family fortune, moving, new-school hell, a mother with a failing wedding cake business, a just-out gay dad, and an impossible crush on Estelle, the girl next door. His life is a mess, but for now he’s narrowed it down to six impossible things…
In this charming story of one guy’s efforts to get it together when his life is falling apart, award-winning author Fiona Wood introduces an irresistible voice and a delightfully awkward character who is impossible to forget. Continue reading →
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Hachette Book Group Canada Publication Date: October 18th, 2016 Publisher: Poppy Point of View: 3rd Person & Feminine Recommended Age: 13+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Diversity, Family, Coming-of-Age
For Vân Uoc, fantasies fall into two categories: nourishing or pointless. Daydreaming about attending her own art opening? Nourishing. Daydreaming about Billy Gardiner, star of the rowing team who doesn’t even know she’s alive? Pointless.
So Vân Uoc tries to stick to her reality–keeping a low profile as a scholarship student at her prestigious Melbourne private school, managing her mother’s PTSD from a traumatic emigration from Vietnam, and admiring Billy from afar. Until she makes a wish that inexplicably–possibly magically–comes true. Billy actually notices her. In fact, he seems to genuinely like her. But as they try to fit each other into their very different lives, Vân Uoc can’t help but wonder why Billy has suddenly fallen for her. Is it the magic of first love, or is it magic from a well-timed wish that will eventually, inevitably, come to an end? Continue reading →