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Note to Self by Connor Franta

In his New York Times bestselling memoir, A Work in Progress, Connor Franta shared his journey from small-town Midwestern boy to full-fledged Internet sensation. Exploring his past with humor and astounding insight, Connor reminded his fans of why they first fell in love with him on YouTube—and revealed to newcomers how he relates to his millions of dedicated followers.

Now, two years later, Connor is ready to bring to light a side of himself he’s rarely shown on or off camera. In this diary-like look at his life since A Work In Progress, Connor talks about his battles with clinical depression, social anxiety, self-love, and acceptance; his desire to maintain an authentic self in a world that values shares and likes over true connections; his struggles with love and loss; and his renewed efforts to be in the moment—with others and himself.

Told through short essays, letters to his past and future selves, poetry, and original photography, Note to Self is a raw, in-the-moment look at the fascinating interior life of a young creator turning inward in order to move forward.

 

First thing; I wasn’t the biggest fan of A Work in Progress. I enjoyed it, a lot, but I didn’t get the insight into Connor that I was expecting. So when I heard about this book, supposedly filling in all the gaps that were missed in his first book, I was ready. And yes, it lived up to expectations! 
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All of the Above by James Dawson

This is a funny and moving love story about friends, first loves and self-discovery by Queen of Teen 2014. When sixteen-year-old Toria Bland arrives at her new school she needs to work out who her friends are in a crazy whirl of worry, exam pressure and anxiety over fitting in. Things start looking up when Toria meets the funny and foul-mouthed Polly, who’s the coolest girl that Toria has ever seen. Polly and the rest of the ‘alternative’ kids take Toria under their wing. And that’s when she meets the irresistible Nico Mancini, lead singer of a local band – and it’s instalove at first sight! Toria likes Nico, Nico likes Toria, but then there’s Polly…love and friendship have a funny way of going round in circles.

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All of the Above is the sort of book that turns up at the exact right moment in your life, and leaves an impact that’ll have you in a book slump for days after. I’d vaguely heard of it, but basically just knew that it was a contemporary that was going to hurt my heart. Perfect! It was so much more than that though, for me.  Continue reading “All of the Above by James Dawson”

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13 Reasons Why; the tv show was actually better than the book

So, I finished Thirteen Reasons Why just recently. We all know how I felt about the tv show (spoiler; I loved it), but the book… strangely, I just found it lacking. I won’t spoil any of the differences between what happened, but there were some things that just come across better in a show. Netflix's_13_Reasons_Why_title_screen

The biggest thing was that, in the show, Clay’s life carries on. He’s listening to the tapes, but at the same time he’s talking to other people that were on the tapes, and trying to piece everything together. In the book, there’s little cuts to things that he’s doing, but when you can’t see them, the focus is almost entirely Hannah. This is obviously not a bad thing, but I definitely preferred knowing that the characters had a life outside of Hannah’s tape, and seeing Clay’s perspective on things that had happened. There’s two sides to every story, at least, and the show did a much better job of acknowledging that Hannah’s side might not be the only one.  Continue reading “13 Reasons Why; the tv show was actually better than the book”

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

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You know how sometimes you read those books, and you feel like your life will never be the same again? Yeah. That.

To be honest, I thought I knew exactly what was coming when I picked up this book. Woman in bad relationship, man feeling suicidal, woman trying to change his mind. Pretty predictable, right? Boy was I wrong, about everything there was to be wrong about.
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Sculpting David; a book review

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I saw this book being advertised on twitter, and so was given this book for free for review. This has not affected my review in any way

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The first part of this book was written from David’s point of view, and it was by far the part I liked the least. His thoughts were incredibly disjointed, and it made it difficult to read. There were little ** every paragraph, and to me those mean a bigger jump in time than just a shift in conversation. He also made the worst mistake of telling us everything, and Loki FacepalmCapitalising words like “in the Love” which really didn’t need a capital. Sometimes, sure, but there’s a point and it was definitely passed. What made me even more mad is that I know the author is better than that; they proved it in the next two parts! This part centred entirely on David, and I know that was the point of the book. But his “blue eyed boy” and Helen and his family had brief mentions, where he talked about the impact they had on his life. They had no personality, though, and that bothered me. I wanted to fall in love with them just as much as he had! And, oh, we’ll get to the sexuality thing. It deserves it’s own paragraph, that mess.  Continue reading “Sculpting David; a book review”

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Timekeeper; My True Loves (and giveaway!)

Two o’clock was missing.

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

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Cursed Child; A Spoiler-Free Review From A Disappointed Hardcore Fan

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

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Here’s the thing about Cursed Child. I’m a huge Harry Potter nerd, so I was squealing and jumping up and down when I heard there was going to be a new book in the universe. My favourites were COMING BACK. Who wouldn’t be excited by that?? What I didn’t realise, though, was that there wasn’t going to be a new book. There was going to be a new stage show, that they were giving us the script for because they felt sorry for us non-England folk. This is a very different situation.
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