mystery · suspense · Young adult

That’s Not What Happened – Kody Keplinger ★★★★

Blurb; It’s been three years since the Virgil County High School Massacre. Three years since my best friend, Sarah, was killed in a bathroom stall during the mass shooting. Everyone knows Sarah’s story–that she died proclaiming her faith.

But it’s not true.

I know because I was with her when she died. I didn’t say anything then, and people got hurt because of it. Now Sarah’s parents are publishing a book about her, so this might be my last chance to set the record straight . . . but I’m not the only survivor with a story to tell about what did–and didn’t–happen that day.

Except Sarah’s martyrdom is important to a lot of people, people who don’t take kindly to what I’m trying to do. And the more I learn, the less certain I am about what’s right. I don’t know what will be worse: the guilt of staying silent or the consequences of speaking up . . .

My Review; I don’t even know where to begin. Its a tough story. Hard hitting. Bare. It’s all about a school shooting which unfortunately still happens today and the aftermath. The survivors. The dead. The lie. The truth.

I loved the way this story is told and set out. The survivors all stick together to get the truth out there with their own stories and letters about the shooting. All different stories but the same incident. Its about how the survivors are coping years after the shooting. We also get to learn about those lost to the event. Very eye opening. The truth comes out in the end.

A well deserved four stars from me. Not an easy read. But well worth the read. Perfect for young adult readers.

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chick-lit · Emotional · Young adult

One – Sarah Crossan ★★★★★

Blurb; Grace and Tippi. Tippi and Grace. Two sisters. Two hearts. Two dreams. Two lives. But one body.

Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins, joined at the waist, defying the odds of survival for sixteen years. They share everything, and they are everything to each other. They would never imagine being apart. For them, that would be the real tragedy.

But something is happening to them. Something they hoped would never happen. And Grace doesn’t want to admit it. Not even to Tippi.

How long can they hide from the truth—how long before they must face the most impossible choice of their lives?

My Review; I have loved every single book by this author so far and this was no exception. That was another outstanding, unique story. Two girls. Joined. One body. But is it the happy ending we hoped for?

This broke my heart and tore it out. Very emotional, heartbreaking and upsetting especially towards the end. Brilliantly written. Easy read. It makes you think, thought provoking. We would be lying if we said we wouldn’t have had a look at them but this story is from the girls point of view and oh my days. It’s upsetting. They’ve always been different. Classed as freaks and monsters.

They take a plunge into a public school and they find some utterly perfect friends, but it was never going to be easy was it? What these girls did for their family and themselves was brave. Strong. Admiring.

A well deserved five stars from me. Highly recommend.

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chick-lit · Young adult

Apple and Rain – Sarah Crossan ★★★★

Blurb; When Apple’s mother returns after eleven years away, Apple feels whole again. But just like the stormy Christmas Eve when she left, her mother’s homecoming is bittersweet. It’s only when Apple meets someone more lost than she is that she begins to see things as they really are.

A story about sad endings.
A story about happy beginnings.
A story to make you realise who is special.

My Review; I am loving this authors work and making my way through them all. They’re all so good. Perfect for young adult readers each story tackles an important message or concern.

Apple is the main character in this story, she has a happy life living with her nan until everything changes… She loses her bestfriend and her mother returns. Not all great news. However, she gives her mother a chance and it doesn’t go to plan after being introduced to a little sister called Rain. I loved little Rain bless her heart, kids hear and see more than we think. They’re clever. Anyway…

Apple soon realises she made a huge mistake and her mother is not what she thought at all. Personally I didn’t like her mother at all in this story. But happy ending and all that… Another story to make you think! Absolutely loved Apple and Rains characters and they’re adorable nan!

A nice read. Enjoyed it. Well written. An easy read. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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