crime · Emotional · Short Stories · Young adult

Hello Mum – Bernardine Evaristo ★★★★

Blurb; It’s a hot summer afternoon. Tension is in the air. A gang of youths on bikes gathers outside a chip shop. A teenage boy is stabbed and left bleeding on the street. The boy’s mother wonders how this could have happened to her son. She is full of questions, but when the answers lie so close to home, are they really what she wants to hear?

My Review; This is a quick read under 100 pages. It is written as if the boy is talking directly to his mother and how he ended up murdered. Its a tough, emotional and raw read that still happens to this day and how one decision can change your entire life. Heartbreaking read. Impacts the reader. One I won’t be able to forget for a long time.

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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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Emotional · romance

*BLOG TOUR* This is how we are human – Louise Beech ★★★★★

Blurb; When the mother of an autistic young man hires a call girl to make him happy, three lives collide in unexpected and moving ways … changing everything. A devastatingly beautiful, rich and thought-provoking novel that will warm your heart.

My Review; This is my absolute favourite book of Louise’s yet! Stunning. Perfection. Beautiful. Emotional. I bloody loved it all. I will shout about this book for a long time. It’s a must read and a must buy. It has gone straight into my top reads of the year.

It’s beautifully and brilliantly written. I devoured it. The chapters are short. I fell in love with Sebastians character, he is just so freaking adorable. We get to see his world in this story. We get to see how he is treated by others, his feelings and his thoughts. He’s a clever chap. It’s a thought provoking story but also one where we see him change and grow.

You can tell the author has put a lot of time, thought and research into this book, by basing it on a true story she had to get it right. Absolutely stunning. Cannot recommend it enough. A well deserved five stars and more. Buy it you will not regret this one. A story that will remain in my heart forever.

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