Publisher: Stripes Publishing Release Date: 22nd September 2016 Genre: YA, Short Stories Pages: 384
The UK's top Young Adult authors join together in this collection of new stories and poems on the theme of home. Contributors include: Tom Becker, Holly Bourne, Sita Brahmachari, Kevin Brooks, Melvin Burgess, Katy Cannon , Cat Clarke, Juno Dawson, Julie Mayhew, Non Pratt, Marcus Sedgwick, Lisa Williamson and Benjamin Zephaniah. GBP1 from the sale of every book will be donated to Crisis, the national homelessness charity.
I think it’s quite obvious from the books that I’ve read that I was really excited to get this book. I feel like I’ve been saying I’m excited for this book repeatedly in my last few blogs, but I can’t help it, I just am really excited about lots of books, lmao… Anyways… the main authors I was looking forward to reading in this were HOLLY BOURNE (AKA MY QUEEN), LISA WILLIAMSON and my recently discovered new favourite NON PRATT! It’s hard to talk about this book without going into too much detail about each and every individual story. If I had to pick my top three it would honestly be Lisa Williamson’s, Non Pratt’s and Juno Dawson’s! I know, I know, Holly’s name isn’t in my top three and I feel like I’m saying the biggest sin right now but her story just didn’t do it for me. I found it (not dissimilar from a few others, might I add) to be a bit boring. I think my problem with it is that maybe I wanted more because I didn’t really feel like it told a story with a beginning, middle and end. Anyways, I’m going to STOP myself right now from slating Holly Bourne because she is a cinnamon roll and does not deserve it. Overall, I was a bit disappointed with the stories because most of them I found to be too short but I think that his kind of anthology is a great way to discover never-before-read UKYA authors! Like for example, I’ve read nothing by Cat Clarke before but now I’m more than ever eager to get my hands on The Lost & the Found!! Yeah…so, it was a small tiny bit disappointing but some of the stories hit home for me (Juno) so I’m glad that I read it. Also, it put me in a real Christmassy mood so only 11 months to go!!!
I’m gonna give this 3 stars out of 5, although my Goodreads differs :/
Let me just start this review by saying that I fell in love with Holly Bourne as an author ever since I read Manifesto. Since then, I've read all of her books and this was my most recent. It's easy to say that Holly Bourne has quickly climbed her way to becoming one of my favourite authors. Here's why:
Her characters in this book, and its 3 predecessors, are utterly love-able. Without Lottie's intelligence, Amber's hilarity or Evie's wisdom, I don't know where I'd be without them. I'm pretty sure these three lovely FEMINIST girls have shaped my life in one way or another.
And as their stories came to an end in this epic novella conclusion, I'll admit I shed a tear. This was so well-written, so funny, so fast-pacing that I gobbled it up in one night! Thank you to DeptCon 2 for allowing me to purchase an early copy! I don't think I would've been able to survive until November for it.
This was marvellous and beautiful and immensely touching but now I'm SO SAD it's over.