Book Review – After

After / Nikki Gemmell / Fourth Estate – HarperCollins / 2017 / ISBN 9781460753057 / 300 Pages / Memoir

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Book Blurb –

Nikki Gemmell’s world hanged forever when the body of her elderly mother was found and it became clear she had decided to end her own life. After the immediate shock came the guilt and the horror, for Nikki, her family, relatives and friends. No note was left, so the questions that Elayn’s euthanasia death raised were endless. Was it an act of independence, or its very opposite? A despairing act driven by a sense of hopelessness – or empowerment? Continue reading “Book Review – After”

Book Review – The Upside of Unrequited

The Upside of Unrequited / Becky Albertalli / Penguin Books / 2017 / ISBN 9780141356112 / 336 Pages / Young Adult

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Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly is always careful. Better to be careful than to be hurt. Continue reading “Book Review – The Upside of Unrequited”

Book Review – Juliet’s Answer

Juliet’s Answer / Glenn Dixon / Affirm Press / 2017 / ISBN 9781925475012 / 250 Pages / Memoir

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Nursing a broken heart, Glenn Dixon sets off to the home of Shakespeare’s most famous lovers, Romeo and Juliet, in search of a cure. Continue reading “Book Review – Juliet’s Answer”

Book Review – Perfect

Perfect / Cecelia Ahern / HarperCollins / 2017 / ISBN 9780008126377 / 428 Pages / Young Adult

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Celestine North lives in a society that demands perfection. After being branded Flawed, Celestine’s life has completely fractured – all her freedoms gone. Continue reading “Book Review – Perfect”

Book Review – Hartley’s Grange

Hartley’s Grange / Nicole Hurley-Moore / Arena Books / 2016 / ISBN 9781760295059 / 300 Pages / Fiction

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In one short day Lily Beckett’s life falls apart when she loses her dream job in fashion and finds out her boyfriend is having an affair. Totally devastated, she ends the relationship and flees the city. Continue reading “Book Review – Hartley’s Grange”

Book Review – Loathing Lola

Loathing Lola / William Kostakis / Pan Macmillian Australia / 2008 / ISBN 9780330424165 / 346 Pages / Young Adult


Book Blurb –

Fifteen-year-old Courtney Marlow didn’t exactly think it through. She thought the offer to have her life broadcast on national television was the perfect solution to her family’s financial troubles. She was wrong.

Mackenzie Dahl, the show’s producer, promised to show Australia a real teenager. Courtney was going to be a positive role model, someone on television without a boob job and an eating disorder.

Soon, everyone wants their 15 minutes of fame via a little bit of Courtney – especially her conniving friend Katie, and her stepmother, Lola. And Courtney is just beginning to realise that ‘ordinary’ does not translate to ‘entertaining’.

My Thoughts –

What can I say about Will Kostakis’ first published book? It’s brilliant. This is the third Kostakis book I have read and I should say I am pretty impressed by all three of them. I have met Will Kostakis a few times now, and he always puts this book down, I don’t know why, but after finding it and reading it within a handful of days, I love it so much. Will Kostakis is one hell of a writer.

So, the book is about a teenage girl, with family struggles and friends from hell. Trying to deal with the sudden and unexpected death of her new boyfriend, Courtney is trying to keep it together as everything around her falls apart. With a new reality television show coming to air soon, Courtney puts her name down on the try out list, hoping to change the obnoxiousness of the show and what people are watching. Little does she know that the show isn’t there to be about her, but to hurt her.

The book is real and raw and should be read by teenagers and young adults as it shows emotions, vulnerability and how hard the truth is to say and to be told. I think the way that Kostakis portrays teenage girls is spot on, seeing as he himself is not one. The school environment is toxic and totally real life with the words and atmosphere Kostakis uses in the book to bring to life. The family is a little bit not there, just like many other young adult books.

But it is the strength and difference of Courtney that makes this book. If it wasn’t for her strength and sarcasm, there would be no spine in this book at all. She makes the book and carries it throughout the entire thing. The writing is super well done and makes you think you are a 15-year-old teenage girl again, and the pain that the characters are suffering feels real too. I could go on and on about the themes and issues that are within this book, but you should just go out and get a copy and see for yourself, just how good it is.

If you are looking for a good old fashioned throw down between an ordinary teenage girl and society, then this is the book for you.

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 Booky Stars!

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