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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Young adult

Homeroom Diaries – James Patterson & Lisa Papademetriou ★★★★

Blurb; James Patterson introduces the best selling “illustrated fiction” format to teens! It’s “Middle School” for high schoolers!

In James Patterson’s first highly illustrated “diary fiction” story for teens, the mega-bestselling author’s most endearing and original teen heroine ever proves that everyone can use a helping hand once in a while.

Margaret “Cuckoo” Clarke recently had a brief stay in a mental institution following an emotional breakdown, but she’s turning over a new leaf with her “Operation Happiness”. She’s determined to beat down the bad vibes of the Haters, the Terror Teachers, and all of the trials and tribulations of high school by writing and drawing in her diary. And when life gets really tough, she works through her own moments of uncertainty through imaginary conversations with her favorite literary characters.

Cuckoo’s also got a nearly impossible mission: she, along with her misfit band of self-deprecating friends (who call themselves “the Freakshow”) decide to bridge the gap between warring cliques and “bring the Nations together”. Not everyone is so willing to join hands and get along, but Cuckoo never stops smiling… until one of her closest friends, pushed to desperation by a Hater prank, decides that enough is enough.

My Review; If you’re finding it hard to read at the moment or concentrate then this book is for you. It’s a super easy YA read with plenty of illustrations throughout. Set out in a diary format. A bit of a weird and whacky read but the illustrations really brought it all to life for me.

A group of misfits/outsiders come together to make their school a happier and more accepting school. To all work together. They face a lot of challenges along the way… but can they do it? A well deserved four stars from me. Devoured it in a day. Highly recommend! I love the cover on this book too. Its an eye catcher.

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fantasy · suspense · Young adult

School’s Out Forever – James Patterson ★★★★

Blurb; In this eagerly awaited follow-up, brave bird-kid Max and her flock are discovered by an FBI agent and forced to go to “school.” There is no such thing as an ordinary day as Max deciphers how and when she’s supposed to save the world, and she faces her greatest enemy–a clone of herself.

My Review; Book two in the brilliant Maximum Ride series. I am still invested and absolutely loving this series. YA/Fantasy. I find them such easy reads. I love them. I enjoy them. I get so lost into their world and lives. It’s just such a different read for me at the moment.

In this story we see plenty more fights against flying enemies this time, so they’ve upped their game since book one. Plenty of escapes, death dodges and uncomfortable positions. Its tense and fast paced. The flock in book two are determined to find their birth families but are soon sent back to normal school or so they thought… dun dun dun.. Another cliffhanger so I cannot wait to see what happens for the flock in book three. They’re all such a lovely flock/family. I would highly recommend this series and book. A well deserved four stars from me again.

Max is still very much the leader/mother of the flock and she is brilliant when she comes up against a perfect enemy clone of herself but will the flock believe her?

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