Mini-Reviews: Recent Contemporary Reads - Am I Normal Yet (Normal #1) by Holly Bourne, 7 Days by Eve Ainsworth, Waiting For Callback by Perdita & Honor Cargill
Recently I've been in quite a big contemporary kick so naturally I've been reading quite a few contemporary books. I've found some new favourites and I thought that instead of writing full reviews for each of them, that I may as well all combine them together in just one post. So for each one I'm just going to write a paragraph or so on my thoughts and try and keep this post brief, but you all know that never really happens, so this post may end up quite long.. :/
Title - Am I Normal Yet?
Series - Normal (#1)
Author - Holly Bourne
Pages - 434 Pages
Date Started - 29.2.16
Date Finished - 4.3.16
Synopsis - All Evie wants is to be normal. She’s almost off her meds and at a new college where no one knows her as the girl-who-went-crazy. She’s even going to parties and making friends. There’s only one thing left to tick off her list…
But relationships are messy – especially relationships with teenage guys. They can make any girl feel like they’re going mad. And if Evie can’t even tell her new friends Amber and Lottie the truth about herself, how will she cope when she falls in love?
I've wanted to read this book for so long, like literally since it was released. I've nearly purchased it so many times in Waterstones, but have always put it back down.
Back in February, Holly released a set of tour dates for her latest book in this companion series, How Hard Can Love Be?, and I saw that she was doing a 'very special event' in Manchester. I literally screamed. Not many authors do events in Manchester, well YA and children's authors anyway, so I was sooo excited. It was labelled as being a 'very special event' and details wouldn't be released until about a week before the event.
I was constantly checking Twitter to see if she'd announced it and one day she had. She was going to be doing a feminism talk and book signing with Eve Ainsworth, author of 7 Days and Crush. Anyway, my mum bought me tickets for me and her and we went and I loved it. They were both so lovely and it was so ice to meet them and get my books signed, though I basically stood there like an awkward potato but anyway.
A couple days before the event, I wanted to at least read Am I Normal Yet? before the event so I started reading it.
I was not expecting to fall in love with this book as much as I did. If you don't already know, then Evie, the main character, has a OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) and is trying to get off her meds and go back to being 'normal'.
I really loved Evie's character and I admire Holly for writing about not an exactly easy topic to talk about. I feel like she wrote about the topic in a realistic and great way.
This book was like an emotional rollercoaster. I cried (I never really cry at books), I laughed, I was angry. It was just amazing and I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. Just read it!
Rate - 5/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23592235-am-i-normal-yet?from_new_nav=true&ac=1&from_search=true
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/Am-I-Normal-Yet-/9781409590309
AMAZON - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Am-I-Normal-Yet/dp/1409590305/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1460819276&sr=1-1&keywords=am+i+normal+yet
Title - 7 Days
Author - Eve Ainsworth
Pages - 246 Pages
Date Started - 29.3.16
Date Finished - 30.3.16
Synopsis - This bold, compelling and topical story about bullying is told from the perspective of the bully and the bullied. You won't be able put it down until you've reached the conclusion. Jess's life is difficult enough without Kez picking on her – it’s turning school from a safe place into a nightmare. Kez has plenty of problems too but she finds comfort in knowing she is better off than Jess - or so she thinks. A hard-hitting and even-handed look at bullying and the issues facing teenagers today.
As mentioned above, I also got to meet Eve and get my books signed. She was so lovely and I really enjoyed the talk from the pair. I did say a while back that I was going to do a whole post about the afternoon, but I just haven't had time. If this is a thing you guys would still like to say then please say so below!
Anyway, I just decided to pick this up one afternoon last month, just to read the first couple of pages to see if I want to read it soon. Well those few pages turned into chapters and by the next day I'd read the whole book. Just like Am I Normal Yet?, this book also deals with important topics that we should really talk more about than what we do. The main topic in this book is bullying and what it can lead to.
Despite the book being quite short, you really get a feel for what the characters are going through (the bully and the kid being bullied). You realise that both of them have problems at home and these things they keep secret and its dragging them down.
This book was really refreshing and I just fell in love with it from the first page and continued to love it till the last word.
The ending I found to be guessable and I sort of expected that to happen quite early on, but didn't take away my love for this book whatsoever.
I really recommend this book to everyone as it's such an important book and I cant understand why more people haven't read it. So. Read it. Just read it. Now.
Rate - 5/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18679049-seven-days?from_search=true&search_version=service
Title - Waiting For Callback
Authors - Perdita & Honor Cargill
Pages - 340 Pages
Date Started - 1.4.16
Date Finished - 5.4.16
Synopsis - Geek Girl meets Fame meets New Girl in this brilliantly funny new series!
When Elektra is discovered by an acting agent, she imagines Oscar glory can't be far away, but instead lurches from one cringe-worthy moment to the next! Just how many times can you be rejected for the part of 'Dead Girl Number Three' without losing hope? And who knew that actors were actually supposed to be multi-lingual, play seven instruments and be trained in a variety of circus skills?
Off-stage things aren't going well either - she's fallen out with her best friend, remains firmly in the friend-zone with her crush and her parents are driving her crazy. One way or another, Elektra's life is now spent waiting for the phone to ring - waiting for callback.
Can an average girl-next-door like Elektra really make it in the world of luvvies and starlets?
I'd seen this book on twitter and Instagram etc but never really bothered to see what it was about. All I knew was that it was a YA contemporary.
I went to a shopping centre about just over an hour away from where I live (I go there every so often, mainly in the holidays, but it can get very busy) and about 5 minutes from there, there is a huge Asda Walmart and there book section is literal heaven. They have the most YA, Middle Grade and Children's books that I have ever seen in a supermarket and they're a lot cheaper than bookstore prices as well. All the paperbacks were 2 for £7 and hardbacks are around £6 or £7 each. I saw that they had this there and I was like I may as well pick it up for this price and just give it a go.
When I bought this, I wasn't really expecting to read it for a while, summer at the earliest. Well, that same day I started reading it.
It reminded me of the amazing Geek Girl series by Holly Smale, which you should all read if you haven't already, before I even read the promotion line thing/synopsis thing saying it's a mix of Geek Girl and something else.
I really enjoyed this book, though I think it did take me quite a while longer to get through than I thought it would. I enjoyed the story and really liked the coverall concept, but just thought something was missing. I got confused at times with the different auditions and which ones Elektra had heard back from and the ones she hadn't.
I felt it was the same thing sort of happening all the time, she would go to an audition and she would either get it or not hear back. Then she would get an email from the agency listing her for another audition. I get that would be what happened but I felt like there was no big twist/event to really make the story. However, I really loved the story and the characters. I especially loved the ending and thought it was a great way to end the first book in the series. I can't wait to read more!
Rate - 4/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25721422-waiting-for-callback?from_new_nav=true&ac=1&from_search=true
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/Waiting-for-Callback/9781471144837
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