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radio silenceRadio Silence by Alice Oseman (HarperCollins Children's Books, 25 February 2016)

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To appreciate just how blown away I was by RADIO SILENCE, you may need to revisit the review I wrote about a year ago for SOLITAIRE, Oseman’s debut novel. I couldn’t figure out how I felt about that book at all. I wasn’t sure if I actually liked it—I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it, I thought it was boring, I thought it was vaguely interesting. It was bizarre. But I did think highly of Oseman’s writing and I was hopeful that one day she might write a book that appealed to me more. And you know what? She did it right away, with her second book. RADIO SILENCE is just the most exhilarating and gripping roller coaster of emotions about a podcast (!!!), and I know exactly how I feel about it: I love it, 100%.

Meet Frances Janvier.

I was going to Cambridge, and I was going to get a good job and earn lots of money, and I was going to be happy.

Frances is in Year 12. She’s Head Girl at school and she does brilliantly in exams. She’s not good at or interested in much else—but she’s secretly a huge fan of this podcast called Universe City. Nobody knows who the anonymous Creator of the podcast is, but Frances posts fanart of the podcast on her Tumblr, and one day, the Creator messages her to ask her if she would like to work with them to produce art for the podcast. Frances is of course overjoyed. But soon she realises that the Creator is actually someone she’s met in real life: Aled Last, the twin brother of Carys Last, a girl Frances used to be friends with before Carys ran away a few years ago. Aled is a high achiever like Frances, a year older than her and headed for an elite university. Frances and Aled become friends very quickly, but when the podcast goes viral, their friendship is tested. After Aled goes off to university, Frances and Aled are even more isolated from each other and Frances doesn’t know what to do when Aled seems to be slipping away. But it all seems to come back to one thing: Carys, and what happened to make her run away.

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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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Half WildHalf Wild by Sally Green (#2 in the Half Bad trilogy) (Penguin, 26 March 2015)

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This review contains spoilers for the first book in the trilogy.

HALF WILD is an exciting and action-packed sequel to HALF BAD, and the darkest moments of this book are also where it shines the most.

Nathan has received his three gifts from his father, making him a full-fledged adult witch. Now he needs to find Gabriel and figure out a way to save Annalise from Mercury, as well as learn how to control his newly-discovered gift, something powerful and wild and a little frightening. Meanwhile as the Council of White Witches in England expands its forces across Europe and increases its attacks on Black Witches, a group of Black Witches, White Witches and Half Bloods are joining together to form a resistance, and Nathan finds himself becoming a part of this alliance as one of their strongest fighters. What will he find out about himself and about the ones that he loves?

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unspeakableUnspeakable by Abbie Rushton (Atom, 5 February 2015)

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UNSPEAKABLE was... okay. I'm sad because I really wanted to love it, but I just couldn't. I enjoyed reading it for the most part and it certainly wasn't boring, but the whole book just felt distinctly average and I disliked the clunky prose.

UNSPEAKABLE tells the story of Megan, who hasn't spoken in months, ever since something terrible happened, crushing her with overwhelming guilt and fear. Now everyone makes fun of Megan for not speaking. Then a new girl called Jasmine starts going to Megan's school and she becomes Megan's friend, making Megan wish she could speak again just so she could talk to Jasmine. But there are some things that Megan needs to keep a secret at all costs.

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TroubleTrouble by Non Pratt (Walker Books, 20 February 2014)

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TROUBLE was a really enjoyable and engaging read about two teenagers who find friendship in each other when they need it the most.

Hannah is fifteen and pregnant. She can't tell anyone who the real father is. When the whole school finds out about her pregnancy, Aaron, a new boy at school, offers to pretend to be the baby's father. Aaron has a secret tragedy in his own past to deal with, but through his newfound friendship with Hannah, he learns that maybe it's finally time to open up and move on.

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