Emotional · Young adult

A Thousand Perfect Notes – C.G. Drews. ★★★★

Blurb; An emotionally charged story of music, abuse and, ultimately, hope.

Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that his mother forces him to play hour after hour, day after day. He will never play as she did before illness ended her career and left her bitter and broken. But Beck is too scared to stand up to his mother, and tell her his true passion, which is composing his own music – because the least suggestion of rebellion on his part ends in violence.

When Beck meets August, a girl full of life, energy and laughter, love begins to awaken within him and he glimpses a way to escape his painful existence. But dare he reach for it?

My Review; I read a previous book by this author and really enjoyed it so I decided to pick this one up. This was a hard read for me at 27 years old. So more for a mature reader. It does contain quite violent scenes and abuse within the home. This is a really emotional story and parts hurt me to read. No child should have to experience what Beck and his sister have. Breaks my heart.

But it’s also a story full of friendship, love, music and a happy ending. It really did make me tear up. The author has written this story carefully but also tackled some tough issues within the story perfectly. A tough read. Becks mum is high on my characters to hate list! I awarded this four stars.

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Children's

The Worries: Jaz and the New Baby – Jion Sheibani ★★★★

Blurb; Everyone feels worried sometimes. But what if your worries came to life and started following you around?

Jazmin’s mum is about to have a baby and Jaz is SO excited! She’s been waiting forever to be a big sister and knows she’s going to be brilliant at it. Okay, it might mean some changes to their family, but Jaz is sure everything will be just fine.

So imagine her surprise when a host of furry, fretful friends arrive to cause some serious mischief. That’s right, it’s the Worries – gloomy Loner, nervous Change, pushy Jealousy and DJ Disaster, always waiting for something to go wrong.

Jaz tries her best to keep her worries to herself, but with her birthday party coming up fast, they seem set on turning her into the Worst Sister EVER!

My Review; This is a short read which is beautifully illustrated throughout. Perfect for younger readers to learn about their worries and that we all have them. This book focuses on the arrival of a new baby and how Jaz feels about that. So may help children who are expecting younger siblings. It’s a beautiful story with an amazing, emotional and loving outcome. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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chick-lit · Children's

The Accidental Diary of B.U.G: Basically Famous – Jen Carney ★★★★

Blurb; School just got INTERESTING. Not only is Billie’s class learning how to P.E.E. in the classroom (don’t ask), they now have some very important contacts in the TV world.

So as long as Janey McVey doesn’t keep doing the splits for attention, and Billie’s mums don’t keep distracting her with a huge secret thing they seem to be planning… well watch out, because it’s time for B.U.G. to make it BIG!

My review; This is book two in a series but I read this as a Standalone. It does catch you up from the previous book at the beginning but also urges the reader to read book one first.

This has very similar vibes to Jacqueline Wilson. It is written in a diary format, plenty of doodles and illustrations throughout in black and white. Easy reading. Parts had me laughing out loud. Perfect for middle age and younger readers. B.U.G is her nickname and fam gets to her head. She’s a character alright. I loved it. Took me back to my teenage years. Around 300 pages long. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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