• Book Review,  Reviews

    Grasshopper Jungle – Andrew Smith

    “I read somewhere that human beings are genetically predisposed to record history.  We believe it will prevent us from doing stupid things in the future.  But even though we dutifully archived elaborate records of everything we’ve ever done, we also managed to keep on doing umber and dumber shit.  This is my history.  There are things in here: babies with tow heads, insects as big as refrigerators, God, the devil , limbless warriors, rocket ships, sex, diving bells, theft, wars, monsters, internal combustion engines, love, cigarettes, joy, bomb shelters, pizza and cruelty.  Just like it’s always been.” When Austin and his best friend Robby, whom he may be in love…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Countdown to Far From You – Tess Sharpe Review and Giveaway

    “It doesn’t start here. You’d think it would: two terrified girls in the middle of nowhere, cowering together, eyes bulging at the gun in his hand.  But it doesn’t start here.  It starts the first time I almost die.”  Sophie has almost died twice. The first time she was fourteen, driving in Mina’s brothers truck without a seatbelt on. It left her scarred and in constant pain. The second time she is with Mina again, but this time Mina doesn’t make it. Sophie was addicted to her pain meds but she kicked the habit. Now with Mina dead and her murderer having planted those same drugs on Sophie everyone thinks…

  • Discussion Post

    Certificates for YA books? Seriously?

    So this article recently published on the Telegraph website got to me. Should kids books come with certificates? Of course they shouldn’t. I think the notion is ridiculous, it’s something that even when put into place is going to cause problems because how is it going to be regulated and what are the punishments that are going to be put into place? Before I even get there though, lets discuss the other factors. So a book has a 14 rating on it and a 12 year old wants to read it. They aren’t allowed. They have to read for their own age group which in my opinion could limit their…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Trouble – Non Pratt

    “So I had sex with Fletch again last night. It was all right, better than last time anyway, and Fletch is a laugh. And he’s not so bad-looking… although not so good without clothes on. We didn’t cuddle afterwards – that’s not really how it is with us. We were dressed and downstairs with our History books open by the time his mum came in, although you could tell she didn’t buy it by the way she gave me evils when Fletch’s little brother ran over to show me the crown he’d made at school. Whatever.” Hannah is smart and funny, she has it all sussed out and could do…