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    Amy & Matthew – Cammie McGovern

    “Amy’s email started in late July and kept coming all summer. Each one made Matthew a little more nervous: To: astheword@gmail.com From: aimhigh@comcast.net Subject: I’m Happy!  I just slipped into my mother’s office to look at the names of my new peer helpers, and I’m so happy! Your name is on the list! I thought maybe I’d scared you by coming right out and asking you to apply. I realize it’s an unusual set-up, but try not to think of it as my parents offering to pay people to be my friend. I know there’s something unsettling and prideless in that.” Amy has difficulties in school. Her adult aides and…

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    The Fault in our Stars – John Green

    “Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time thinking about death.” Hazel Grace is 17 and suffering from cancer. Things can’t get much worse but throw in parents who think she is wiling her life away and a support group that fades into the backdrop of her life she can’t really get excited about much anymore. She is terminal, always has been and always will be. But one day that…

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    Torn – David Massey

    “Five a.m. I’m woken by yapping dogs and the first distant call to prayer, carried to me on a light breeze. My first morning in Afghanistan.  Private Elinor Nielson, recently qualified medic, first tour of active duty. That’s what I keep telling myself – over and over like a demented idiot – to calm my nerves. I’m just a normal nineteen year old English girl… of the kick-ass, life-saving variety that is.” Ellie is on her first tour of active service in Afghanistan. On her first Patrol she saves a new friend from an IED but before doing that she sees a girl wander right into the firing line, and…

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    Dear Dylan – Siobhan Curham

    “From: georgie*harris@hotmail.com To: info@dylancurtland.com Date: Mon, 22 May 16:05 Subject: Love Dear Dylan, Oh my God, this feels really weird, writing you an email as if I know you or something! But the thing is, I really feel as if I do know you. And – here goes – I love you. I know we haven’t met or anything, but sometimes when I watch you in Jessop Close I feel as if you’re talking just to me.”  Georgie’s first major crush is Dylan Curtland, except she can’t exactly flirt and bat her eyelashes at him like her friend Jessica does to Jamie, the boy she fancies. That’s because Dylan isn’t…

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    Skin Deep ~ Laura Jarratt

    “The stereo thumps out a drumbeat. Lindsay yells and reaches into the front of the car to turn the volume up – it’s her favourite song. The boys in the front laugh and Rob puts his feet up on the dash. I smile like I’m having a good time, squashed in the middle of the back seat with Lindsay dance-jigging around on my knee and Charlotte and Sarah on either side of me.” When Steven Carlisle started showing off even more in his new car, driving with his knees and smoking a joint at the wheel Jenna knew it wasn’t a good idea. When the car skidded on a patch…

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    What My Mother Doesnt Know – Sonya Sones

    “Nicknames Most people just call me Sophie (Which is the name On my birth certificate), Or Sof,          Or sometimes Sofa. Zak and Danny think its cute To call me Couch” Sophie is almost fifteen, but there’s a lot going on with her life. Her mum has a crazy addiction to soap operas and she seems a bit boy-crazy. But that’s just normal for a 14 year old girl right? It’s normal to not know what you want. It’s a part of growing up. This is probably going to be a short review… sorry but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy this book… it was just short that’s all! This is…

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    As You Wish – Jackson Pearce

    “All I’ve learnt in today’s Shakespeare class is: Sometimes you have to fall in love with the wrong person just so you can find the right person. A more useful lesson would’ve been: Sometimes the right person doesn’t love you back. Or sometimes the right person is gay.” Viola feels invisible. Ever since her childhood friend and young sweetheart broke up with her and came out of the closet she has felt broken, not belonging and invisible. She wishes that she could belong, could be seen, and then a jinn turns up. The jinn will grant her three wishes and he has his own feelings to consider, the longer she…