Author: Non Pratt Publisher: Barrington Stoke Release Date: 15th August 2017 Genre: YA, Contemporary, LGBT Pages: 140 ––– Unboxedis about four teenagers who come together after several months apart. In previous years, they had put together a time capsule about their best summer with a friend who was dying. Now that their friend has passed, they reunite to open the box. ––– Hello Non Pratt, my new favourite author. No, but seriously, I was expecting really good things from this book because I’ve read Pratt’s other book, Remix, and boy I was not disappointed.
Alix is such a cinnamon roll that needs to be protected at ALL COSTS. I’m so glad Pratt chose Alix to be the narrator because it probably wouldn’t have been as good with any of the other characters telling the story.
Ben and Zara were such a pair of cuties that I loved and shipped since almost page one. I despised Ash but, to be honest, I think he was written to be despised.
“I know why we all fell apart, that's just what happens. But things that fall apart can be put back together, right? Even if there's a piece missing.”
Pratt also has this exceptional fluidity to her writing. It’s just so easy to read as the words flow along with you as if you were reciting the alphabet. It’s utterly unique and distinctive and if I had to read one of her works without knowing she wrote it, I would probably be able to guess it was her.
Such a strong, solid story that dealt with cancer in a different way but I’m gonna say it loud and clear: it was just as effective as The Fault in Our Stars and tbh, more so.
“But the thing about knowing you're about to die is that you spend a lot of time thinking about being alive. Way more than you do if you're actually going to live - living takes up so much brain space that it squished out the other stuff. The important things. Like when you feel like the best version of yourself. Who was there when you did. Whether you've been chasing that version of yourself ever since and never found her.”
Now I just have to get my claws on Trouble or I’ll go mental. At least I have Truth or Dare to look forward to as well!!! I’m very excited and I loved this emotional rollercoaster of a story that almost left in tears (especially Millie’s letter omfg).
My only, only complaint is that this amazing story was CERTAINLY NOT LONG ENOUGH.
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 :/
This was such a beautiful story about two lovely girls. The plot was fast-paced and full of every problem you could imagine that left me hungry for more whenever I put it down!
Ruby and Kaz are your typical teenage best friends who both have boy troubles. And they go to a music festival - Remix - to try escape them, but it turns out they're going to have a harder time hiding from their problems...
I love Pratt's style of writing too - it's easy, understandable and moves along simply. The last page especially really got to me.
Overall, I really really enjoyed this read and I shall soon be trying to get my hands on Unboxed and Trouble :)
Anyways, I'm gonna give this a definite 5 stars out of 5!