I’m back today with some more mini-ish reviews of some of my recent YA reads. As you will have seen from my August in books post, I read a TONNE more kids books than YA, but man… the YA books I read need space in your life and on my blog. This blog features 4 of the books I read recently that just spoke to my heart in so many different ways, so I hope you enjoy!
Melt My Heart – Bethany Rutter
“Lily Rose is used to people paying attention to her gorgeous twin sister, Daisy. But even though Lily loves her own fat body, she can’t shake the idea that no one would ever choose her over Daisy – not when they could have the thin twin. That is, until she meets Cal, the gorgeous, sweet guy from New Zealand who can’t seem to stay away – who is also her sister’s crush! With University threatening to tear Cassie (her best friend) and Lily apart at the end of summer and Lily desperately trying to keep Cal a secret from Daisy, summer is set to be far from relaxing.”
You guys KNOW I am a massive fan of Bethany Rutter. Her first book, No Big Deal, had a MASSIVE place in my heart and I was so very excited to read Melt My Heart, and when I go round to it, it did indeed melt my heart (lols). This is one of those books that just SINGS at you. It’s so cute. It’s full of light and love and lushness. It’s got gorgeous characters, a wonderful storyline and some bloody magnificent messages. Lily is a glorious character and I’m gonna be honest, there’s a lot of Lily in me. There’s so much about this book that I want to shout about. The cover gives me such love and just look at it! IT’S SO NICE TO SEE SOMETHING OTHER THAN A SKINNY GIRL ON A COVER. There’s messages about body positivity running through this book and it’s so much needed in YA. There’s lovely themes of friendship and family in this too – I just wanna hug all of the characters and let them know it’s all going to be okay. I adore Cal so much. I’d love another story from these guys and I’d love to share an ice cream with them too!
Every Little Piece of My Heart – Non Pratt
“When Sophie receives a parcel from her best friend, Freya, she expects it to contain the reason why Freya left town so suddenly, without goodbyes and without explanation. Instead, she finds a letter addressed to Win, a girl Freya barely knew – or did she? As more letters arrive for more people on the periphery of Freya’s life, Sophie and Win begin to piece together who Freya was and why she left. Sometimes it’s not about who’s gone, but about who they leave behind“
Non Pratt is one of those authors who just GETS IT. Writing stories about people: real, flawed, emotion filled people who are GOING THROUGH IT. I am yet to read a Non Pratt book that I don’t think is incredible and this is NO different. This is an incredible story of what a friendship looks like through 4 different lenses. When Freya mysteriously disappears, it had an impact on more than just one person, and we see how her disappearance has an impact on 4 people, who don’t really know each other and how their stories are intertwined. I was hooked from page 1 and I actually stayed up til 1am to finish because I NEEDED to know what was going to happen (I don’t remember the last time I did this!). The characters are all so lush and it was a complete and utter pleasure to get to live their lives and get to know them. Adding Sunny into the mix was such a GENIUS move. This book felt to me so genuine: I loved it an awful lot. The ending though… if you’ve read this book I NEED to know what you think happens next! It was so good to see a portrayal of chronic illness in this too – we need more of this in stories! Just amazing. Well bloody done Non Pratt.
Harley in the Sky – Akemi Dawn Bowman
“Harley Milano has dreamed of being a trapeze artist for as long as she can remember. With parents who run a famous circus in Las Vegas, she spends almost every night in the big top watching their lead aerialist perform, wishing with all her soul that she could be up there herself one day. After a huge fight with her parents, Harley betrays her family and joins the rival traveling circus Maison du Mystère. There, she is thrust into a world that is both brutal and beautiful, where she learns the value of hard work, passion and collaboration. But at the same time, Harley must deal with her actions.”
Hello, my name is Steph and I LOVE a circus book. I don’t know why, but there’s something so magical and colourful about them. My lovely friend Charlotte let me borrow this book and my gosh my heart loved this. It took me about 50 pages to be IN IT, but once I was in, I was in hook, line and sinker. I was obsessed. This is filled with so much I adored: the circus, a stubborn and determined main character and a gorgeous gorgeous young gentleman (who I thought was gorgeous, can you tell?). This was so bloody excellent filled with family, colour and the importance of following your dreams (but knowing how important it is to work hard too!). There are things that Harley does that I absolutely hated, but my god that’s what makes her such an incredible main character. I was invested and I was in it for the long haul. The friends she makes in this also delight me so much – we all love a good friendship in a YA book. I need someone to find me a Vas this instant thanks!
Nick and Charlie – Alice Oseman
“Everyone knows that Nick and Charlie are the perfect couple – that they’re inseparable. But now Nick is leaving for university, and Charlie will be left behind at Sixth Form. But as the time to say goodbye gets inevitably closer, both Nick and Charlie question whether their love is strong enough to survive being apart. Or are they delaying the inevitable? Because everyone knows that first loves rarely last forever…”
For lovers of the Heartstopper comics, the delight and sheer love I got from this novella will not come as a surprise, but to anyone who is new, welcome to the Oseman-verse where we have the absolute babes that are Nick and Charlie (it doesn’t sound right to say Charlie and Nick ha). It was so lovely to read this – it brought me such joy. I love them so much. This is one of those books you read that is just like a hug in a book. I need Alice to keep bringing us Nick and Charlie goodness because the world needs more of this kind of love, acceptance and charm.
Et voila! There we go! Four YA books I read, adored, shared, shouted about and continue to think about even now, weeks after reading them!
Have you read any of these books?
Can you recommend me any circus books please?
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Let me know your thoughts in the comments – I’d love to talk about these books because I don’t see enough love for them on twitter!