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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romance · Young adult

Nick and Charlie – Alice Oseman ★★★★

Blurb; “CHARLIE: “I have been going out with Nick Nelson for two years. He likes rugby, Formula 1, dogs, the Marvel universe, the sound felt-tips make on paper, rain and drawing on shoes. He also likes me.”

NICK: “Things me and Charlie Spring do together include: Watch films. Sit in the same room on different laptops. Text each other from different rooms. Make out. Make food. Make drinks. Get drunk. Talk. Argue. Laugh. Maybe we’re kind of boring. But that’s fine with us.”

Everyone knows that Nick and Charlie are the perfect couple – that they’re inseparable. But now Nick is leaving for university, and Charlie will be left behind at Sixth Form. Everyone’s asking if they’re staying together, which is a stupid question – they’re ‘Nick and Charlie’, for God’s sake!

But as the time to say goodbye gets inevitably closer, both Nick and Charlie question whether their love is strong enough to survive being apart. Or are they delaying the inevitable? Because everyone knows that first loves rarely last forever…”

My Review; I pre-ordered this one. If you’ve read and enjoyed all the Heartstopper graphic novels this one is for you. Same Characters who I love so much Nick and Charlie. This is a short story at just under 200 pages, so easy reading. The odd beautiful illustrations within too. Devoured within an hour.

A short story about Nick heading off to university and what will happen between him and Charlie. Quite a sad sorry for part of it as Charlie believes they won’t be able to go long distance and starts to act out about it in the wrong way. But we know these guys right. Absolutely love them both and this short story is keeping me going till Heartstopper Vol 4 is out.

A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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