The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp *
I feel as though I never stop recommending this book! I reviewed it as part of a blog tour, and then earlier this week, I reviewed it on the radio! The Radio 2 Book Club had it as their selected book, and because I’d tweeted to say that I had read it, when they had one of their reviewers drop out, they asked me to step in. Which I did, with a huge amount of trepidation! This is such an unusual book, that I think it’s best just to jump in and give it a go, but take a look at my review if you’d like to know more.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
I recently saw the trailer for the film adaptation of A Monster Calls, and it reminded me that I have been meaning to read it for years! So I grabbed it from the library and actually ended up reading it in one sitting. It’s a beautiful story about childhood, grief and loss, and it struck a very personal chord. Ness’ writing is stunning, and the fact that this is based on an idea by Siobhan Dowd, who died before she could complete the story, makes it ever more poignant. I can’t wait for the film!
Love Song by Sophia Bennett
This is the story of a teenager who ends up in the entourage of a world-famous boyband. Nina somehow manages to catch the eye of the diva girlfriend of the lead singer, and is employed as her personal assistant. Of course, things don’t go smoothly, and Nina finds herself entangled on a more personal level with more than one member of the band. I read this book because I heard the author talking about it on the same music in YA panel at YALC that I’d heard Chris Russell talking about Songs About a Girl that I read last month. I was less enamoured with this one, simply because I felt as though the circumstances that led to Nina’s entanglement with the band were a whole lot more contrived.
Books in 2016 – 33
*Books marked with a star have been provided by the publisher for review purposes