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read me like a bookRead Me Like A Book by Liz Kessler (Orion Children's Books, 14 May 2015)

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READ ME LIKE A BOOK is a quick, easy read that will leave you smiling.

Ash has just turned 17, and she’s managed to find a new boyfriend, Dylan. Dylan is okay, but Ash finds herself thinking about Miss Murray, her new English teacher, more and more, as her life feels like it’s starting to fall apart: her parents won’t stop fighting, until eventually they decide to break up and her dad moves out, and everything seems to be going wrong with Dylan as well. But Miss Murray is there for her throughout it all, and though Ash has never liked school much before, she now finds herself enjoying English lessons and wanting to do well, to earn Miss Murray’s approval. Ash is slowly starting to realise that what she feels for Miss Murray is something she never expected to feel for a teacher—or a woman, and that her future looks a whole lot different now.

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Brooklyn BurningBrooklyn, Burning by Steven Brezenoff (Carolrhoda Books, 1 September 2011)

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It’s summer in Brooklyn, and summer, for Kid, is the season of freedom and music and love. Last summer, Kid fell in love with Felix. This summer, someone new appears: Scout. Scout arrives in Brooklyn, holding a flyer that Kid and Felix once made and asking for Felix. But Felix is gone. And as the summer goes on and Kid falls in love again, the truth about what happened—with Felix, with the warehouse that for a time was Kid and Felix’s home but has recently been burnt down—gradually comes out.

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I received this book for free from the publisher via Netgalley. This in no way affects my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Everything EverythingEverything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (Corgi Childrens, 27 August 2015)

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EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING is a short and sweet love story that's relatable but somewhat lacking in depth.

Madeline Whittier has SCID – Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, or bubble baby disease. She's stayed inside her house for as long as she can remember, because she could be allergic to anything and she might die if she goes outside. One day, a new family moves in next door, with a boy called Olly who wears all black and climbs walls. Maddy takes a liking to Olly immediately – but how can a girl who can never leave her house fall in love with anyone?

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Sleuth or DareSleuth or Dare by Robin Benway (#2 in the Also Known As series) (Simon & Schuster UK, 27 February 2014)

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SLEUTH OR DARE (published as GOING ROGUE in the US) is an enjoyable sequel to SPY SOCIETY/ALSO KNOWN AS, though not quite as good as the first book.

Teenage spy Maggie Silver is about to start her second year of high school in New York, when her parents are falsely accused of stealing priceless gold coins. To clear her parents' names, she must use her safecracking skills to retrieve the coins from Dominic Arment, the person who's really stolen them. But when her whole family is put into danger because of her actions, she has to escape to Paris with her boyfriend, Jesse, and her best friend, Roux, to come up with a plan to defeat Dominic once and for all.

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SolitaireSolitaire by Alice Oseman (HarperCollins Children's, 31 July 2014)

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SOLITAIRE is a bit of a strange one. It's the only book I've ever read which has actually come close to depicting what my life felt like as a teenager, but I'm not 100% sure whether this necessarily makes it a good book. I think, for now, I'm going to say that yes, it sort of does.

Tori Spring is sixteen. She goes to Higgs Grammar School. She blogs. Her life is completely uninspiring. That is until, all in the same day, she meets an eccentric boy called Michael, stumbles upon a mysterious blog called Solitaire, and reunites with her childhood best friend, Lucas. Solitaire begins to play pranks on the school, which grow bigger and gradually more out of hand. The strange thing is, all the things that Solitaire does seem to hold special meaning for Tori alone. With Michael's help, Tori might just discover the truth behind Solitaire.

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