So I have read some absolutely amazing books lately and I thought I would do a mini review of two of my favourites 🙂
Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
This book is about Norah a severely agoraphobic teenager who almost accidentally befriends the new boy next door through a series of waves out the window, notes through the letterbox and awkward text messages. It is a completely wonderful and honest story of how a ‘should-be-normal’ teenage girl copes with living an anything-but-normal life trapped in her own home.
I really enjoyed this book, it was hard to read at times in a good way and completely light and fluffy too. The love interest in the book is an actual cute and chill guy which i find a bit of an anomaly in YA contemporary’s… he’s not a brooding bad boy, or a fix-it-all friend to lover – he’s just a solid good guy who falls in love with the girl on the other side of the door. Plus bonus points for having an incredibly witty and real relationship between mother and daughter, it reminded me of gilmore girls in that way!
This book is classed as #ownvoices as the author herself writes from a long experience of her own mental health struggles and it definitely shows as there is nothing forced or contrived about the characters or the plot. Louise has a captivating voice and knows how to balance just the right amount of tell-it-like-it-is hard hitting fact and emotion-grabbing fiction.
The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
I picked this book up on a bit of a whim while out shopping for birthday books and i’m so glad i did! I hadn’t read Nicola’s debut novel Everything Everything (although I have since bought it!!) but had heard great things about both and was in the mood for some non-summery contemporary reads.
The Sun Is Also A Star takes place in one day in Autumn. For most people in the story it is just another day passing by but for our two protagonists it is a very important and significant day. For Natasha, an Jamaican-American undocumented immigrant it is her final 12 hours in New York City before being deported, and for Daniel a Korean American boy trying to please his parents it’s the day of his Yale Admission Interview… and of course it would be the day that they meet and get to know each other. Daniel is traveling through New York tempting fate to navigate his day and his life as he realises he doesn’t want to follow his parents plans of going to an Ivy-League and becoming a doctor, when he sees Natasha walking along the street lost in the music playing through her headphones. He is immediately intrigued and follows her into a record shop to pursue conversation… and the rest as they say is history.
This book is another stunning #ownvoices work which really gets into the nitty-gritty of teenage emotion when faced with grown-up problems. It will both break and mend your heart as it brings science and romance crashing together and will leave you wanting more more more from these two flawed but undeniably lovable characters.