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Mini Reviews: Books I loved

I wanted to review this books separately because I loved them all. It didn't happen because of life so I want to at the very least give them an airing on here so you all know how awesome they all are.

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 and friendship have a funny way of going round in circles.

I've been waiting for this book for a long time having chatted to James about it almost a year and a half go. It is very very good and shows how versatile James is an author. It is a realistic portrayal of what it means to be a teenager and how crazed it can be as you are trying to work out who it is you want to become. It covers friendships, sex and sexuality in such a funny and poignant way. I really loved meeting the various different characters and would not hesitate to recommend it to others.

George by Alex Gino

BE WHO YOU ARE. When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl. George thinks she'll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte's Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can't even try out for the part . . . because she's a boy.  With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte -- but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.

George is just a perfect read. Every child and parent should have to read it to open their eyes to how important it is that children should be allowed to be the person they want to be. Words can't do justice to just how good it is.

Counting Stars by Keris Stainton

 Big city, big dreams, no money, no problem...

Six 'friends', one flat, big dreams... what could go wrong? When eighteen-year-old Anna leaves school and moves to Liverpool, she feels like her life is finally beginning. She's landed her dream job at a theatre, and she's moving into an exciting (if not slightly run-down) flat on a buzzing street lined with shops, bars, and buskers. Best of all, her new flatmates are kind, welcoming and a lot of fun - what more could she ask for?

But although her new life is fun, it's also a little overwhelming. Anna's job quickly falls through, and then she realises that although her new friends are great, they're also a little mixed-up... and it's not long before Anna starts using her blog to talk about her experiences, from the hilarious to the ridiculous to the little-bit-scary. But when Anna spills a bigger secret than she can handle, suddenly the consequences are all too real. She'll have to prove she has the mettle to make it in the big city, or risk losing everything she thinks she wants

There was no doubt that I was going to love this book. I adore Keris and her books and this was just as awesome as I had hoped it would be. I loved how it portrayed that time in your life when you move out of home and have to learn to stand on your own two feet and deal with all the crap life throws at you. It did take a little bit to get my head around who everyone was but once I'd got that down it was all good and I wanted to know about what was happening to all of them .

Pugs of the Frozen North by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

The Race to the Top of the World! It comes around once in a lifetime, and the prize? Your heart's desire. Shen and Sika can't resist the chance to win, but competition is fierce. The path to victory is littered with snow trolls, sea monsters, and a gang of particularly hungry yetis. But Shen and Sika have something the other contestants don't have. Actually, they have 66 other things; pugs to be exact. That's a 264 paw-powered sled. Let the race begin!

This book is so cute. Pugs. In snow> What more do I have to say? Oh the story is pretty cute too. I really liked the message it had to say and the artwork throughout is awesome.