I was looking forward very much to reading this book after all I had heard about it: “it’s a teenage classic” “bound to be adored by even the new generation of teens” etcetera…
Unfortunately, I was completely disappointed with the actual content of the book. It tries far too hard, and takes itself too seriously, most of the time seeming more like you’re reading the inner monologue of a condescending Health teacher rather than a teenager. The characters are irritating, flat and have next to no personality. Kath’s best friend being among the most annoying with her constant, seemingly random personality shifts and complete lack of realistic attributes. For a book of less than 200 pages long it tries to cram far too much into the one book – loss of loved ones, depression and suicide, sex and relationships and more – and leaves every single plotline flimsy and undeveloped. I don’t know what things were like in the seventies, when this was written, but the actions and speech of the teenagers in this novel have no relevance to teenagers today and therefore no impact.
There are dozens of books which have taken similar plot points and turned them into wonderful, impactful stories about relationships and growing up (see Before I Fall or The Perks of Being a Wallflower as examples). This is not one of them. Recommended for ages 15-18. Contains sexual references, sex scenes, coarse language and mature themes.
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This fantastic thriller is a prime example of the kind of action, adventure and quality writing that YA authors have brought us in recent years. Lu’s debut novel hits all the right notes with it’s engaging characters and heart-pounding action. A really well-written book, certainly worthy of all the acclaim it has received. If you’re looking for an action packed novel with a few hints of romance as well, look no further than Legend.
Recommended for ages 14-18. Contains violence and mature themes.
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This is the must-read of all must-reads. John Green has magic writing skills and this is arguably his best work yet. Utterly heartbreaking. Captivating. Intelligent. Hilarious. Perfect. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, this book will leave a mark on your life, guaranteed. Readers will bawl their eyes out, and it will be one of the best experiences of their lives. To say I’m eagerly awaiting John Green’s next novel would be a massive understatement. Recommended for ages 14+. Contains mature themes, sexual references, coarse language and infrequent mild videogame violence which will probably only affect you if you are severely sensitive.
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Probably one of my all-time favourite books – smart, sexy, hilarious and fun. One of the rare teen novels that explores themes such as friendship and love without having to go into more depressing topics. Light-hearted yet deep and profound, Cohn and Levithan have struck the perfect balance between a novel that gives important life lessons and one that effortlessly engages teenagers. Dash’s entertainingly pessimistic commentary and Lily’s possibly naive but nonetheless endearing hopefulness are a great combination. Recommended for ages 14-17. Contains sexual references and coarse language.
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Moving, sexy, brave and powerful, Before I Fall is an all-round amazing novel. Every single character is utterly believable and makes the whole story even more tragic. Oliver portrays life as a teenager exactly the way it is – hard and fun and worth living to the fullest. The ultimate teen novel. Recommended for ages 14-18. Contains coarse language, sexual references, mature themes and infrequent violence.
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