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Back to School

Hey readers!

So it’s that time of year again. Many people are preparing to go back to school – lots will have already started again already. You’re probably sick to death of back-to-school this and back-to-school that, but I thought I’d compile a quick list of handy tips and things to remember when you go back.

  1. Be prepared. Try to make sure that you’re ready – this includes being equipped with the correct supplies and knowing how you’re going to get there (eg by the 7:30 bus from xyz street). This will help you be less stressed on the first day and get off to a good start, which is always a good thing.
  2. Remember to eat breakfast (if you can). It’s understandable that some people can’t eat that early in the morning because it makes you feel sick, or that you don’t have access to breakfast (if this applies to you, why not try researching soup kitchens or the like near you when you can get some food in the morning?). It has long been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day (although there have recently been scientific studies to show otherwise, so we’re just going to ignore science for the moment). If you eat a good breakfast in the morning it will help set you up for the day and put you in a better mood. Also, I, personally, always find it harder to work when I’m hungry, as I’m concentrating on my stomach more than the matter at hand.
  3. Try to stay organised. It can be hard sometimes, but staying organised can help make your life much less stressful. Whether it’s having a planner/diary, a calendar stuck on your wall or a running to-do list, having some sort of organisational tool can really help to keep your life less hectic and stressful. This year, I’m going to try out a new system I discovered recently called Bullet Journaling. If you search it into Google or YouTube then you can easily find loads of information about it, but if you’d like a whole blog post from us about it, then let us know!
  4. Don’t let your work pile up. There’s nothing worse than having piles and piles of work to get done, and not much time to get it done it. To help combat this, try to get your work done as soon as possible after it’s set. Do your smaller assignments and homework the day it’s given to you, and plan out when you will work on your larger projects so you don’t end up leaving everything until the day before it’s due in and as a result staying up until the early hours of the morning trying to get it done on time.
  5. Try to figure out a regular sleeping schedule. Admit it, over the summer your sleeping schedule has probably gone a bit haywire. I know the feeling! But when you’re back at school sleeping irregular and short hours just isn’t going to help, as you don’t have the freedom to sleep whenever you want. For the next few months (until the next break) your days are going to be filled with school and work, so you need to figure out regular and consistent hours when you can get some good sleep. You can find a helpful article on how much sleep you should be getting each night here.
  6. Last, but not least, remember not to stress too much! At the end of the day, it’s just school, and nothing more than that. It’s perfectly okay if you need to take a step back, perhaps take a day off, and just have some time to yourself to relax and unwind. Especially if you suffer from things such as anxiety, school can be a very stressful place and can make you have a pretty hard time. I know it’s difficult, and I’m not trying to be patronising or insensitive, but just try to remember that it’s not that important in the long run, and you are allowed to just relax.

Anyway, that’s all I have for today! I hope you maybe found some of these tips useful? If you did, great!, and you didn’t, … oh well. Don’t forget you can contact us in a variety of ways, including Instagram and Tumblr, our messages our always open!

Bye!

~ April

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Blog Post #31 – Struggling to Read

Hey readers!

So normally my blog posts are book updates, with the odd few with an actual theme scattered here and there along the way. This post, I suppose, is more of an explanation as to why it’s not a book update.

Recently I have been struggling to read books, but I do actually have a legitimate reason. That reason? I’ve been given a very boring book to read for school.

I cannot emphasise to you how boring and difficult to read I am finding this book. Nothing is happening – and we’ve been told by our teacher that nothing is going to happen either, as it’s more of a ‘reading between the lines’ and ‘thought provoking’ book.

Ugh.

Anyway, because it’s so boring and I really don’t want to read it, I’ve been procrastinating doing that. Fair enough, right? We all do it. The problem with this stems from the fact that whenever I sit down to read a different book I feel guilty for not reading the school book, so I’m avoiding reading all together.

Oops.

I feel as though this post should now continue in the form of “and this is what I did to combat this problem”, but sadly it can’t, as I am currently writing this blog to  procrastinate reading the book, soo……

Anyway, that’s all I have for this post. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it, even if it is a bit short and pointless.. Check out our previous posts here and here (in which the second one is an answer to the first!) and be sure to keep an eye out for any upcoming posts on the site. Also don’t forget you can contact us via comments and Instagram, as well as a few other internetty things that right not I can’t really be bothered to list – sorry!

Bye!

~ April

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A reply to April’s post ‘confidence.’

Hello random reader, Alice here.

I’ve been ridiculously inactive and have no excuse whatsoever, so would like to apologise for that and thank April for keeping on going without me.

I’ve just read her most recent blog post, ‘confidence.’, which you should definitely read if you haven’t done already. It struck a chord with me, and really got me thinking.

I’ve known April for nearly nine years now, so confidence is not an issue for me (and hopefully not her either) when the two of us are together. We can be ourselves (generally rather odd, no offence, April) and everything is fine. I never worry about what she’ll think of me, or whether or not I can tell her something, knowing 100% that she will have my back.

With other people however, I am very different. April and I have a close knit friendship group, and most of the time with them, I’m completely fine and we can all have a good time. It’s when I’m with people who I don’t necessarily know as well that things change.

I’ve had rather a lot of very different ‘best’ friends in my life, but April is the only one who has really stuck around. With other people, as we’ve matured and gotten older, we’ve drifted apart, had an argument, or in one case, the other person just started blanking me one day. Maybe this is why I would consider myself socially awkward. Maybe it’s genetics. I have no idea, but around even the people who I once spoke to every day, when I find myself in a situation where I should talk to them, I get stupidly scared.

I know that some people find social situations so much than I do, but the confident, bubbly child that I once was is no longer recognisable unless you are very close to me.

I’m not that sure where I’m going with this post, and am writing it fairly late at night, so have no idea of its quality, but I feel as though there are some things I could share, on the off chance that it may help me, or even someone reading this.

Now, I am 15 years old and feel as though my lack of confidence is holding me back. I want to accomplish things in my life, and have ambitions, but know that I will never get anything done if I can’t pluck up the courage to take the plunge and try new things.

I’m writing a story at the moment (a book?!) and through the main character, Michael, I seem to be learning a lot about myself. For me, writing is a hobby and a release. Whenever I sit down and tell myself: ‘right, I’m going to do some writing now’, as soon as I am done, I feel like I could take on the world.

Other members of my family are practically oozing with confidence, and even as I know that some of the time it is an act,  I do wish that I could have a little of their natural charm.

School is just around the corner, and this year I want to take more risks and do things that I want to do, for me and nobody else. One of my other friends has been talking about ‘reinventing herself’ for the beginning of the term in attempt to make more friends. Although I will stick by her with whatever she does, it makes me a little sad that she thinks that she has to change herself in order to become more popular.

Popularity for me is not a big deal. I once was fairly popular, but now I am not. I’m not bothered. At our school, there are lots of friendship groups, not just a single ladder or hierarchy. Although my group isn’t at the top, being with the friends I have gives me the confidence I otherwise lack and makes me happy.

Of course, I have off days – who doesn’t? Sometimes (quite often) I wish that I could go effortlessly into any situation and get on just fine without so much as blinking. That would be great, yes, but I have amazing friends and I know that some of them will stick by me forever.

I want to try out acting, I want to keep blogging, I want to try radio (April, what do you think?!) I want to keep writing, one day (maybe) I want to try YouTube. However, most importantly, I want to stay with the people who make me laugh on a regular basis but who I could also trust with anything serious.

I’m not the most confident person in the world. I reherse saying ‘good morning’ as I’m walking towards someone in a corridor and kick myself afterwards for sounding like an idiot. Confidence is not something I have in an abundance, but it is something that I really, really want to work on.

Thanks to April for the inspiration for writing this post, and thanks to anyone who stuck around until the end. Writing on here is such a brilliant thing to do, so thank you so much to everyone who supports us.

Feel free to send us a message on Instagram (@writeaweek), or on any other forms of social media and online things we have set up, if you just want someone to talk to or maybe to tell us about your own confidence. It means the world to us when someone likes what we do.

Thank you again, and good luck for whatever your future holds.

– Alice

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Confidence.

So recently, I began working at my new job, and I’d like to discuss something that effected (affected? I never know which to use) me a lot during my first couple of days: Confidence.

I cannot explain to you the amount of nerves I was feeling the night before my first shift, but believe me, I was an emotional wreck. Going in and asking about the job was hard enough for me, never mind the interview, and now I had to walk in and just figure out what to do? Although I had been so looking forward to it, all of a sudden I didn’t want to go. I wanted to curl up in a hole in the ground and never come out ever again.

Honestly, it was terrifying. I walked in, looked around me, and realised I didn’t know how to get into the office (where I got my official badge saying I was actually working there). It took me ten minutes of hiding where I couldn’t be seen by the people at the front desk to finally build up the courage and go and ask for some help. And when I did, they happily showed me how to do it, gave me directions to the office then offered to refresh my memory on how to do everything. They were the nicest they could have been, and honestly, I don’t know what I was expecting. It wasn’t as if they were growing to grow three dragon heads an incinerate me for daring to ask for help, was it?

That, I think, is what the problem was. I wasn’t doing anything bad that would warrant them having a bad reaction, but I wasn’t thinking logically. Realistically the worst they could do was ask me for proof that I was actually meant to be working there before letting me in, nothing worse. But in my head I built it up to something more than it was, which made me worry unnecessarily.

My friend recently told me about someone they knew, who always asked for discounts on anything they bought. Whenever they went to the counter they asked if they could get it for anything cheaper than the marked price. And quite often, the person behind the counter said “why not?” I, personally, would not have had the confidence to do that, and probably never will. But, thinking about it, it isn’t that bad of an idea. What’s the worst they can say – no?

I suppose the moral of this post is that if you never ask, then you never get. Have confidence in yourself, and think logically about the worst outcomes. Are they really that bad? Is it worth all of the worry you’re feeling? The answer to both – probably no.

So that concludes my post for today. Sorry it’s not very long, and also sorry it’s a bit rambly and rubbish. I had some thoughts in my head that I needed to get out, but they didn’t come out very eloquently. Anyway, thanks for reading, and bye!

~ April

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Blog Post #30 – Chasing The Stars

Hey readers!

Oooh, blog post 30, haven’t we come far?! Not really, considering we’ve been doing this ‘regularly’ for almost a year and have had the blog for another year on top of that, but I’ve already apologised multiple times for being inactive so you probably don’t want to hear it again.

Anyway, this blog post is just a short one, about a book I mentioned in my last one – Chasing The Stars by Malorie Blackman. Beware, there are spoilers below, so if you haven’t read it then stop here!

All in all, I thought this was a good book and would recommend it to anyone who likes that kind of genre of books. However, I was dissatisfied with how the book ended, more specifically, how Vee and Nathan’s relationship ended.

The turning point for me not being satisfied with how their relationship went was how the whole “take your clothes off and I’ll forgive you” bit was addressed – or rather, how it wasn’t. I would have liked for them to have at least discussed it the ending to have gone from there. The way I would have taken it would have been one of these two:

  1. Nathan apologised, admitted he was wrong, and they made up with it resolved. Following this, I would have liked Nathan to have come aboard the ship with the others as Vee was leaving (although I see why Malorie Blackman did not do this and accept that it was probably a good thing)
  2. They discussed it, but Nathan refused to apologise or admit he was in the wrong for saying that. Vee exposed him for the terrible person he was, the broke up and went their separate ways, with Nathan not coming aboard the ship on the end.

Admittedly, had the book ended in either of these ways I would have probably been irked. I would have thought number one was too clichéd, and number two I would have been upset that they broke up that way ad Nathan turned out to be like that (as yes, I did ship them). But I was just generally dissatisfied with how it ended really, all due to that one scene.

However, other than that I very much enjoyed the book. The one other quibble I had was I don’t believe it was ever explained why the Doctor was exiled to Callisto in the first place – but that might have just been me missing out the details because I tend to get excited when reading tense moments and sometimes accidentally skip things. But even if it wasn’t explained, that’s not such a major thing.

However, that’s all for this post! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it, and if you want to discuss this book feel free to message us! (also if you know why the doctor was exiled please tell me as I’d borrowed the book and have given it back so can’t go back and check).

Thanks for reading – bye!

~ April

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Blog Post #29 – Book update!

Hey readers!

Sorry there hasn’t been a blog post in a while, but there have been a couple of other things up (a short story and a miscellaneous post about writing games), so go check them out! However, they were both posted roughly a month ago, so I guess this is my apology for not posting in a  while? I seem to do this a lot, but sadly, I just lack time, motivation and ideas sometimes, so nothing happens here.

This post is just a quick book update really, but there are some more interesting ones to come. Since my last post about books, I’ve read 5 more – Echo Boy (Matt Haig), Born Scared (Kevin Brooks), Bombs on Aunt Dainty (Judith Kerr), Sorta Like A Rockstar (Matthew Quick) and Chasing The Stars (Malorie Blackman). All of these books I would recommend reading, although there are some more detailed reviews below (no spoilers included!)

Echo Boy – This book was certainly an interesting read. It’s set in the future, in a society where Echoes (human-like robots) do all the work and technology is slowly taking over. I’m trying to do my best to not spoil anything, but basically something bad happens which in turn causes an ‘adventure’ (using the term adventure loosely) for the main character, Audrey. It’s an exciting story, also a love story, but it also has quite a deep message about ethics/morality and what it takes to make someone truly human. If that sounds interesting to you, definitely give it a read!

Born Scared – I said in my last blog post that after reading iBoy (another of Kevin Brooks’ books) that I wanted to give some of his other books a try, and this was the result! It’s about a young boy called Elliot, who suffers from an illness which makes him scared of everything, all the time. The only thing that prevents the fear is the medication he takes. However, the book takes place when there’s a mix up at the pharmacy meaning he runs out of his medication, and when his mum goes to collect some more she doesn’t come back. I found this book interesting in the way it was written, which I wont explain because I don’t want to spoil it, but I promise it’s good!

Bombs On Aunt Dainty – The sequel to one of my favourite ever books, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, this semi-autobiographical book follows the story of the girl Anna during her time in England. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit was about her flee from Germany, her stay in several different countries until she finally arrives in England, and this one picks up a few years later when she’s settled in this new country and goes until the end of the war. It’s a very interesting and exciting book, and is also quite informative if you don’t know much about World War II and the lives of German refugees during this time. Even if it doesn’t sound like your type of book, I implore you to give it a go, and tell your friends too! Honestly, I just want everyone to read these books, so please do.

Sorta Like A Rockstar – This book is about a girl called Amber Appleton, whose life isn’t exactly perfect, but she’s happy. Sure, things do go wrong, like having to sleep on the school-bus that her mum drives, but she copes with it and all is fine. That is, until a big tragedy occurs, that sends her life spiralling downhill. All of a sudden she doesn’t want to do anything she did before or live her life like she used to. The main part of the book, which I’ll say now I don’t think is the longest part of the book, is about how she recovers and what happens with her life afterwards. It as definitely a good book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Chasing The Stars – To be honest, I only picked this book up because I loved some of the other books that Malorie Blackman has written – mainly the Noughts and Crosses series, which I’d also recommend! I’d never heard of this book before, I don’t know whether it’s new or old, but I do know that I enjoyed it lots! What I want to say about it though will include spoilers, so I’m going to write a separate post for that, so keep your eyes open for that coming soon!

Now I’ve finished those books, I’m currently reading… a lot more. I’ve never been the type of person to read more than one book at once, but recently I appeared to have picked up more and more until now I have a whole pile of them with bookmarks halfway through. So, here is my list: Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (JK Rowling – rereading with my new house copy hehe), Spies (Michael Frayn), Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy (Cassandra Clare + various others), Boy Meets Boy (David Levithan), The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Brian Selznick), Sophie’s World (Jostein Gaarder) and… I’m sure there’s some more I’ve forogtten. So I guess I’ll let you know how those are in my next blog post!

So for now, I hope you’ve enjoyed this book update. Again, I’m sorry there hasn’t been much activity for a while, but I promise I’ll do my best to get better at posting regularly! Don’t forget that if you want to contact us our messages are always open, so don’t be shy.

Bye!

~ April

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Writing Games

Hey readers!

Today I decided to make this list of different fun writing games you can play with your family and friends, or just anyone really. I have played all these games before and find them quite fun, so I hope you’ll enjoy them too!

Consequences

Consequences is a really fun game which my cousins introduced me to a year or so ago, and I have played with lots of my friends since. It’s a really simple way of making very funny stories.

Consequences is best played in groups of three or above people, although it does also work with two players (but it’s not as fun)

To play, you have to sit in a circle. Or a rough circle of sorts. Well, you don’t have to actually be sitting in a circle, but you need to have a loop/order that you can pass things around in. Everyone starts of with a piece of paper. They write down the name of a woman on it – it can be anyone from a made up person, or a fictional character, or someone you know. They then fold the paper over so that the name they’ve written can’t be seen. Then everyone passes the paper on to the person next to them/next in the loop. Then they write now a name of a man on it and fold it over, and so on. The order of what you write goes like this:

– Woman’s name
– Man’s name
– Where they met
– What she was wearing
– What he was wearing
– What she said
– What he said
– How it all ended

Once you have completed all of the categories you can unfold the paper and read out your mish-mash stories. What makes this game funny is that no-one knows what the person before them has written, so it’s all jumbled up and doesn’t really make sense. This can be made especially funny if you use people you know as the characters, for example you could have your best friend running off with your elderly grandma while wearing a dress made of tinsel.

I hope this explanation has been good enough, but if not feel free to comment below or contact us using any method and I’ll try to make you less confused 😀

The Random Word Game

The random word game is another funny game you can play. It only requires 2 people, although you could adapt it so more people can play.

It is a very simple game. Person 1 picks some random words. They can be anything ranging from names to objects to actions to descriptive words. How many they pick depends on how difficult they want it to be – more words make it more difficult, less words make it less difficult. Person 2 then has to make up a story using all of these words. Note: they do not have to use the words in the order that person 1 says them in.

For example, Person 1 could pick the words “orange”, “lamppost”, “blue”, “nattering” and “genie”. Person 2 would then make up a story using these 5 words, such as “Once upon a time there was a genie, who liked nattering away to his friends. One day he was walking along the street when he saw a blue orange lying on the pavement. He was so amazed by this that he didn’t look where he was going and walked straight into a lamppost”.

The Three-Word Game

The three word game is another simple game. This game works best with three or more people, but it can also work with just two.

Really, the game is just what it says on the tin. The first person says 3 words. They cannot be random words, they have to make up a sentence or phrase or part of a phrase. For example, they might say “Once upon a”. The next person then says another 3 words. If they see where the first person is trying to go with their phrase they could continue that (eg “Once upon a time”) or they could do something completely different, for example “blue moon, there”. And so on. The game can last for as long or as little amount of time as you wish. Full-stops and other end-of-sentence-punctuation must be specified, but do not count as a word. For example the next person could continue “was a monkey fullstop.”

License Plate Game

The license plate game is a good game to play while on long car journeys. Whether or not it technically classes as a writing game is debatable, but it does make you think about different words in your vocabulary (I sound like an English teacher haha)

Disclaimer: this game might not work in all counties as the format of the umber plates might be different which means you cant do it. Sorry if that happens!

This game is a very basic game. First off all, you look for a car. This is why it’s good to play it on long car journeys because you’re often surrounded by lots of other cars on motorways, etc. Once you have found a car you look at it’s number plate, specifically the last three letters of it.

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This is where you might have to improvise, and not all countries number plates end in three letters. You might have to use the first three letters, or three letters that are in the plate, or just two letters.
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Looking at the last 3 letters, you have to try and think up of what these could be an acronym for (what they could stand for). For example, if the number plate ends in SMR, you could say it stood for “Stan’s Motorcycle Race”. The trick is you have to try and make it make sense as a sentence or phrase, but you only have 3 letters and they have to begin with certain letters. This game can certainly be tricky at times, but you can also get some very funny phrases!

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And that’s exhausted my list of writing games! I’m sure there are many more out there in the world, but at this present moment I cannot think of them/do not know them. If you do have any more, then feel free to contact us! There are many method different methods you can contact us by:

Anyway, that’s all for this post. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading – bye!

~ April

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The End.

The weak moonlight filtered through the turbulent clouds, casting elongated shadows across the street. Tall buildings leered up on either side, looking like they were about to topple at any moment and collapse inwards on the road. Not a car was in sight, it was silent, the only sign of life the teenage girl wandering down the pavement.

Phoebe Wilkins was slowly making her way home after storming out of the house a few hours earlier, the results of yet another explosive argument with her mother and her new boyfriend. She’d never got on well with any of her mum’s boyfriends, but this one was the worst of them all so far.

The stubborn girl hadn’t been planning on returning home at all tonight. She’d had images in her head of waltzing back the next morning, her mum pulling her into a tearful embrace and promising she’d never get another boyfriend ever again. But after 3 hours of mooching around town without a jacket or anything to do she’d grown cold and bored, and had given in.

Suddenly, a loud footstep echoed off the walls of the tall buildings towering above. Startled by the loud noise, which seemed like a gunshot in the silence, Phoebe whipped round to see who was behind her. But there was no-one there.

Dismissing it as nothing, the girl decided it was probably just a cat digging through the bins, and turned back around, stuffing her hands into her jeans pockets in an attempt to keep them warm. She put the niggling feeling in the back of her mind down to hunger, as she’d left without dinner, and continued to wander along, trying to act as though she wasn’t in a rush to get home when really she couldn’t wait to be back in the warm.

There was a sudden gust of wind and Phoebe thought she saw something move up ahead, hidden in the shadow of an old clothes store that had closed down many years ago and had been left abandoned ever since. This time, she couldn’t ignore the feeling in the back of her mind that something was wrong. But she wasn’t going to let it stop her getting home, so kept walking, choosing to not acknowledge the fact that her heart was filling with trepidation.

A shadow passed over her and her head snapped backwards, looking up at the starless sky. Surely it was just a bird, right?

A small wind began to pick up, slowly dragging a discarded crisp packed down the street towards her. Although it was just a piece of rubbish, it’s movement seemed menacing, and Phoebe stopped for a moment to build up the confidence she needed to keep going.

Her final mistake.

The wind began to pick up, swirling around her feet, encircling her, as though it was holding her in place. Fear gripped her heart as the shadow passed over her again, and the moon passed behind a cloud, plunging the street into darkness. Squinting her eyes, Phoebe could see something moving by the abandoned shop, slowly beginning to advance towards her. She opened her mouth and screamed, but the wind stole the noise she made and hid it away, rendering her silent. Beneath the howling of the wind as it ricocheted off the buildings on either side, she could hear a hoarse breathing sound, getting louder, and louder, and louder. It was in that moment that she realised that she knew what was coming.

The End.

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Blog Post #28a – Everything, Everything, Unwind & iBoy (spoiler free)

Hey readers!

So I wrote two versions of this post – one with spoilers and one without. Continue reading for no spoilers, or click here for the version including spoilers!

So over the past couple of days I have read 3 books: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, Unwind by Neal Shusterman and iBoy by Kevin Brooks. Alice leant them all to me – and I’m very glad she did! Just a quick note: all of these reviews are very positive, as they’re all good books, but also because the more negative parts of the reviews are in the spoiler-version.

Everything, Everything is a book I’ve been wanting to read for a while now. I’d heard of it before, but had never really shown any interest in it, I didn’t know anything about or what it was about. But then I saw the trailer for the film they’re making for it and my immediate reactions was “that looks really good”. Since then it’s been on my TBR list, but as it’s quite a long list, it’s not a priority at the moment. However, when I was at Alce’s house the other day I saw she had it and asked if I could borrow it (as it saved me spending money aha). The next morning I woke up quite early so decided to start it, and then ‘accidentally’ didn’t move fo the next two hours and read it all in one sitting. Oops. But honestly, it was great! If you’re a fan of YA fiction (not really sure what you’d call the genre… just real-life perhaps? Not fantasy or dystopia or sci-fi basically) I would definitely recommend reading it. It’s about a girl called Maddy who hasn’t left her house in 17 years, and what happens when she meets a boy called Olly. I loved this book lots, would definitely recommend you read it, and also, it’s very impressive for a first book!

Unwind is the second book I read; one that Alice was reading a while ago and told me I should read, but I never did. Although I don’t like to admit it, I was judging the book by it’s cover, and I didn’t really like the look of the cover, so I never even bothered reading the blurb. What a mistake that was! It’s a great book, and I certainly enjoyed it lots. Set in the future, about a society where unwanted teens are ‘unwound’ and their body parts recycled, I’d class it as dystopia (my favourite genre) with some sci-fi-ish elements, so if that sound interesting to you I’d definitely give it a read!

The final book I read was iBoy, by Kevin Brooks.  It was great! This was a cross between real life and sci-fi (and perhaps a bit of fantasy/dystopia?) I think… basically, it’s about a boy who has parts of an iPhone embedded in his brain and some difficult decisions to make. There are some sensitive topics within it so if you’re likely to be upset or triggered by anything I’d recommend perhaps googling it first and checking it’s okay for you to read, but if it is then definitely try it out! It’s very exciting and interesting and I certainly had a lot of fun reading it. It was the first book by Kevin Brooks I’ve actually read, but after finishing it I think I’m going to give some of his others a try, as they sound quite interesting.

In summary, all of them were great and I’d recommend all of them. They also cover a few different genres, so if you’re not into one type, then try out the others! As with most books, there were a few elements I’d perhaps change or do differently, or think that they should have not gone as they did, but those are all outlined in the spoiler version of this post (link at the top of this post).

I hope you’ve enjoyed this review/recommendation post. If there are any books you’d like us to read and share our opinion on, then do let us know! You can contact us via email, instagram, tumblr and the comments on this site. Bye!

~ April

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Blog Post #28b – Everything, Everything, Unwind & iBoy (spoiler version!)

Hey readers!

WARNING: This post contains a lot of spoilers about the three books. For a version containing no spoilers, click here 🙂

So, over the last couple of days, I’ve read three books: Everything, Everything (Nicola Yoon), Unwind (Neal Shusterman) and iBoy (Kevin Brooks). In short, I loved them all and recommend you read all of them (but if you haven’t then you shouldn’t be reading this post because SPOILERS) but my more detailed opinions are below (most of the things below are the negative things I have to say, but basically everything I haven’t mentioned is positive!)

Everything, Everything, was a great book. I love the concept, how it’s written, and the ending. However, there’s just one thing I think could have been done differently: the running-away part of the book, where Maddy and Olly fly to Hawaii. Why did Olly not ask to see the pills? Surely, if she’s relying on some experimental and non-approved pills to make sure she doesn’t die, then he’d want to see them. And also, why did Maddy not realise that she wasn’t allergic to the world, or at least have suspicions? After all, she had been exposed to the air for a very long time, had eaten lots of different food, flown to a different country and swum in the sea among other things, surely if it was that serious that she’d been living inside for the last 17 years then something would have set it off along the way? I just think that perhaps somewhere along the way she might have thought “it’s strange I haven’t got ill yet’ or something like that.

Unwind was also a great book. There honestly wasn’t much I thought could be different with it. My main problem was that a few things weren’t explained very well and the reader was left to figure out quite a lot of stuff by themselves before it was revealed, such as what Lev’s tithing party was about, what clappers were/what they did, etc. I do realise that this was deliberately done to make the reader speculate and was a good thing to do, but I, personally, like to have answers. So it’s not really a criticism, more of a “I’m-impatient-ism”. The other thing I’d criticize was Chapter 16 (teacher). I just think that it was unlikely she’d think about whether or not she should help Connor and Risa to escape and not be caught without thinking about the network of underground unwind helpers that she’s part of. Again, I understand it was done so it wasn’t revealed too early, but still, it’s unlikely.

Finally, iBoy. My biggest problem with this was the ending. “What?”, I hear you ask, “it had a nice ending though?” Yes, it did have a nice ending, with Tom and Lucy sitting on the roof together, finally both happy, but I wanted answers. I wanted to know how so many bits were resolved, but I was never told. To demonstrate, here is the message I sent to Alice almost immediately after finishing: “ALICE IT CANT JUST END LIKE THAT WHAT HAPPENS NEXT WHAT HAPPENS TO IBOY TO HIM AND LUCY STAY TOGETHER IS HE ARRESTED I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS”. I think that probably gives you a clue as to how I felt.

And that’s my including-spoilers review done with! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading – and if anyone has any disagreements with anything I’ve said or wanted to discuss these three books, please do contact us! I would be more than happen to do so. Bye!

~ April