Adapted to film · chick-lit · Young adult

Moxie – Jennifer Mathieu ★★★★★

Blurb; Moxie girls fight back!

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harassment. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mom was a punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, so now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. Pretty soon Viv is forging friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, and she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

My Review; This is one I got through the library as I really wanted to read it before it hits Netflix and I am so glad I got round to reading it. Wow. Amazing. Powerful. Girl power. Empowering. Bold. Brave. Emotional. This is a school of girls going against the boys and sexist staff to be heard. It’s honestly an outstanding read and should be read by all young girls school age. Take note.

If you’re a woman/girl who survived her high school years you are bound to relate to this book 99%. The girls are just so brave. Determined. They want to be heard and they do. They all come together in the end. I cannot wait to see the adaption to Netflix now. Also contains a little bit of high school romance. Ooh. I loved it all. Made me smile. Made me want to join them. Made me proud. Its a hidden message of if we all work together we can be heard. Action will be taken. You will win. A well deserved five stars from me. Highly recommend.

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Adapted to film · mystery

Enola Holmes – Nancy Springer ★★★★

Blurb; Now a Netflix film starring Millie Bobby Brown and Henry Cavill with a screenplay by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child). Upon the disappearance of their mother, Enola Holmes, the child sister of Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes runs away to become a fugitive private detective herself.

When Enola Holmes, sister to the detective Sherlock Holmes, discovers her mother has disappeared, she quickly embarks on a journey to London in search of her. But nothing can prepare her for what awaits. Because when she arrives, she finds herself involved in the kidnapping of a young marquess, fleeing murderous villains, and trying to elude her shrewd older brothers–all while attempting to piece together clues to her mother’s strange disappearance. Amid all the mayhem, will Enola be able to decode the necessary clues and find her mother?

My Review; This is one of my bargain buys from Amazon at just £2. I had also seen it on Netflix but as an avid book lover I always have to read the book first before watching. That’s my rule which I think a lot of readers can relate to. I am also a huge fan with anything to do with sherlock Holmes. Anything. With my first child I was sat watching it while having contractions all night!

I knew this was right up my street! I didn’t know he had a younger sister. So meet Enola! Just as clever as Sherlock but miles younger. She’s off to find where her mother has gone but along the way she encounters danger and another run away. I loved it all. But I must say this could have been so much more. I felt they cut the ending very suddenly and gave all answers away just to finish it when it could have been so much longer and more for me.

At just 170 ish pages it’s a short read and I would have happily devoured another 170 pages of it too. But I loved it. I just wanted more, which is the sign of a good book I suppose. An easy read. An enjoyable read. Clever. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Adapted to film · chick-lit · Emotional · Short Stories

If I Stay – Gayle Forman ★★★★

Blurb; Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.

I open my eyes wide now.
I sit up as much as I can.
And I listen.

Stay, he says.

Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?

Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it’s the only one that matters.

My Review; This is one I borrowed from a friend it is a short read at just over 200 pages which spans over a long two days. Mia experienced something a young girl should never have to experience… It’s an eye opening, heart-breaking and emotional read in parts. You really feel for Mia.

It’s a different story as Mia can see everything thats happening around her even when she’s in a coma, having surgery and at deaths door. Like a ghost… She realises some truths along the way and some devastating facts. I was with her the whole time… The ending is like a woah, what happens next? Which is why I really need to dive into book two to see what happens. A cliffhanger.

A well deserved four stars. Highly recommend. I can’t wait to see what happens in book two… and to watch the film.

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