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We All Looked Up

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

Where did I get it? The school library

41idw76a2hl-_sx326_bo1204203200_Synopsis: Before the asteroid we let ourselves be defined by labels:
The athlete, the outcast, the slacker, the overachiever.

But then we all looked up and everything changed.

They said it would be here in two months. That gave us two months to leave our labels behind. Two months to become something bigger than what we’d been, something that would last even after the end.

Two months to really live.

 

My Thoughts:

For me, this book had its ups and downs.

Told from the perspective of four characters; Peter, Eliza, Anita and Andy, we are shown how they react when there are only two months left to live.

I thought this book was a packed read with a lot going on at once. There was also a very philosophical-ish element to the book which was interesting (references to Kurt Vonnegut and his ideas on ‘karass’ .

I enjoyed experiencing the novel from those different points of view (some more than others)  However towards the end I was starting to lose interest in the plot.

All in all, I would probably recommend this book for lovers of sci-fi/ dystopia books.

Rating: 3.5/5

 

The Unlikely Hero Of Room 13B

The Unlikely Hero Of Room 13B by Teresa Toten

Where did I get it? The school library

51olnh42hnl-_sy344_bo1204203200_Synopsis: When Adam meets Robyn at a support group for kids coping with obsessive-compulsive disorder, he is drawn to her almost before he can take a breath. He’s determined to protect and defend her–to play Batman to her Robyn–whatever the cost. But when you’re fourteen and the everyday problems of dealing with divorced parents and step-siblings are supplemented by the challenges of OCD, it’s hard to imagine yourself falling in love. How can you have a “normal” relationship when your life is so fraught with problems? And that’s not even to mention the small matter of those threatening letters Adam’s mother has started to receive . 

My Thoughts:

When I originally picked up this book, I did not expect to like it as much as I did.

It was among the new books I found in my library, and the only reason I picked it up was because I had wanted to read a book with a character that faces similar problems as Evie in ‘Am I Normal Yet?’. 

The main character, Adam was in no way similar to Evie but nevertheless I enjoyed this book all the same.

Adam was a great protagonist and I loved hearing the story from his point of view. His interactions with his step-brother, Sweetie, were definitely my favourite parts of the book and the way that all topics were handled with sensitivity and honesty, just made me appreciate this book all the more.

I would certainly recommend this novel, I liked the plot and characters and the dark truth about the letters that Adam’s mother was receiving was a twist I never saw coming.

My Rating: 4/5

 

Seven Days

Seven Days by Eve Ainsworth

Where did I get it? The school library

18679049Synopsis: School should be a safe place for Jess, but at the moment it’s everything she dreads. Jess’s life is difficult enough without Kez picking on her. Kez’s life isn’t any sweeter. She has plenty of problems too but she finds comfort in knowing she is better off than Jess – or so she thinks… Told from the point of view of the bullied and the bully, this is a taut, powerful story of two girls locked in battle with each other and themselves, spiralling towards a shocking conclusion.

My Thoughts:

This is a story about a bully and a victim. Told from both their perspectives, we are shown that it is possible for the bully to be bullied and for the victim to stand up for herself.

Jess, is a social outcast, teased for being fat and awkward. Although she starts of the book, cowering from Kez, the bully, by the end she has managed to come to terms with her weight and consequently stand up for herself.

This book was heartfelt and sincere, guiding us through a time space of one week that changes everything. I liked being able to see both Jess and Kez’s side if the story, as it helped me come to terms with the decisions they made.

The fact that Kez’s, life was not easy either helped me feel a little sorry for her. Kez takes her anger out at Jess, in order to fell superior and in control. Even though this is completely unacceptable we can see that her influences may not have been the best, resulting in poor choices on her behalf.

This was a thought provoking book that demands to be read.

My Rating: 4/5

 

The Age of Miracles

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

Where did I get it? The school librarythe-age-of-miracles-9781471124853_hr

Synopsis:On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, 11-year-old Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life–the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.

My thoughts:

This book is about Julia, an eleven year old girl who one day wakes up to find that the Earth’s rotation is slowing. As a consequence of ‘the slowing’  birds are unable to fly and crime and injury rates are rising.

When I started this book, I was not sure if I would like it, but the cover drew me in. However, about half way into the book I was still waiting for something exciting to happen.

The whole point of this book was definitely lost on me.

The one aspect of the book I did like, though was Julia’s narration. The way that she spoke was very interesting and well written even if the plot wasn’t.

I would not really recommend this book, but if you are a fan of coming of age/distopia novels then this may be for you.

My Rating: 2/5

 

 

Seed

Seed by Lisa Heathfield818hhkpufkl

Where did I get it?- School Library

Synopsis: All that Pearl knows can be encapsulated in one word: Seed. It is the isolated community that she was born into. It is the land that she sows and reaps. It is the center of her family and everything that means home. And it is all kept under the watchful eye of Papa S.

At fifteen years old, Pearl is finally old enough to be chosen as Papa S’s companion. She feels excitement… and surprising trepidation that she cannot explain. The arrival of a new family into the Seed community — particularly the teenage son, Ellis — only complicates the life and lifestyle that Pearl has depended upon as safe and constant. 

Ellis is compelling, charming, and worldly, and he seems to have a lot of answers to questions Pearl has never thought to ask. But as Pearl digs to the roots of the truth, only she can decide what she will allow to come to the surface.

My thoughts:

I can’t say I really enjoyed this book. The main character, Pearl, is very innocent and does not really understand what is going on half the time. I get that she is being lied to about the world, but even when the clues that something is wrong start to pop up she blatantly ignores them.

Another aspect of the book I disliked, was the romance. From the synopsis I was lead to believe that Ellis and Pearl would be involved romantically, but after reading the book I can’t say that anything between them really happened.

The writing, however, was good and for the first few chapters I was hooked- (it was only towards the end that  I lost interest). Although, this book was not to my taste, I will probably pick up the sequel when it comes out just to see what happens next.

Rating: 3/5