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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chick-lit · romance

*BLOG TOUR* The Little Swiss Ski Chalet – Julie Caplin ★★★★

Blurb;

It’s time to pack your bags and head to the breathtaking, snow-covered peaks of the Swiss Alps for velvety hot chocolates, delicious cheeses and a gorgeous love story…

Food technician Mina has always believed that chocolate will solve everything – and it’s just what she needs when her latest relationship mishap goes viral!

So with her bags packed and a new determination to sort her life out, Minna decides to drown her sorrows with the best hot chocolate in the world at her godmother’s cosy Swiss chalet. Chocolate: yes. Romance: no. Until she has a run in on an Alpine train with a mysterious but oh-so-gorgeous stranger…

My Review; This is the first book I have read by this author and I think I’ve found another author to add to my pile. What a beautiful written story. Pure escapism, a break for my mind while I’m stuck in lockdown. Beautiful setting. Friendly community and characters. Chocolate. Cheese. Skiing. Snow and some romance. It all adds up to make a brilliant read. One to cosy up with.

I loved all the characters but Luke oh wow. What a man eh. I wouldn’t mind a look at him. The main character Lexi is off on an last minute adventure to her god mothers in the alps after a shaky start to the story. One trip away that may change her life in more way than one. I loved it all! A happy ending for all. Intact I’d love to read more about these characters as a what happened next?

Perfection for me. However, personally the chapters were a little long for my personal liking I prefer them short but it didn’t put me off devouring this story. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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chick-lit · Emotional · Young adult

The Sky is Mine – Amy Beashel ★★★★

Blurb; No one has ever asked Izzy what she wants. She’s about to change all that…

In a house adept at sweeping problems under the carpet, seventeen-year-old Izzy feels silenced. As her safety grows uncertain, Izzy know three things for sure. She knows not to tell her mother that Jacob Mansfield has been threatening to spread those kinds of photos around college. She knows to quiet the grief that she’s been abandoned by her best friend Grace. And, seeing her mother conceal the truth of her stepdad’s control, Izzy also knows not to mention how her heart splinters and her stomach churns whenever he enters a room.

When the flimsy fabric of their life starts to unravel, Izzy and her mum must find their way out of the silence and use the power in their voices to rediscover their worth.

My Review; This was one off my library pile, I don’t know how I came upon it to be honest. It was shortlisted for an award last year and I really do believe this book deserved it. It is a hard hitting book. Tough book. Heavy book. I will warn you now it is YA but it does contain rape & domestic violence. But within the story there is more than that. There’s hope, strength, determination, speaking up for yourself and standing your ground.

The story focuses on a mother and daughter duo. Both having to experience the above but in different ways. They are both such beautiful characters strong. It may take Izzy a while to notice that for herself but she gets there. Its about your friendship group. Reaching out and getting support. A new beginning. A happy ish ending.

I do believe every young girl should read this story is has a powerful message. It is a powerful, eye opening read. It even have all support sites and numbers and the back. We girls need to unite together. Stand up strong. I wouldn’t say I enjoyed it as such but I devoured it. I felt for both of there characters throughout. A well deserved four stars from me. Yes. I would recommend.

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