Hey lovelies! I’ve not been reading as many books as I was hoping to get through each month but I haven’t written a review in a while so I thought I’d do a wrap up of my recent reads which I haven’t spoken about!
All of these books were ARC from Netgalley but all opinions are my own! Thank you to the publishers and people at Netgalley for allowing me to read these books!
Skylarks by Karen Gregory – 4∗
Skylarks is the first book I’ve read which focuses on a F/F relationship and it was such a refreshing change! I’ve read quite a few books where the main character is part of the gay community but this has definitely made me realise how underrepresented F/F relationships are in YA fiction!
I really enjoyed this novel, I liked how although the relationship between Joni and Annabel was a big part of the story it wasn’t the main focus. The girls’ home lives and the struggles they were facing were concentrated on much more and they were issues that many teenagers today have to deal with!
I adored the family values in this book, Joni tries her best to keep her family in high spirits even though they are going through such a tough time financially and whilst still being at school she works as much as she can to try and support them! I also loved how Joni and her brother did everything they could to stand up for what they believed in!
The ending to this book wrapped up the whole story nicely. It was a fabulous easy read, perfect for summer days lying on the beach and I’ll definitely read more of Gregory’s books in the future!
A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews – 4.5∗
Going into A Thousand Perfect Notes I didn’t have any expectations, it had been a while since requesting it on Netgalley so although I had seen a lot of hype for it on social media, I had completely forgotten what it was about! However, this book was extremely moving and I feel like my heart shattered into a thousand pieces whilst reading it!
Beck’s mother wants him to follow in her footsteps and become a world recognised piano player as her career was cut short due to problems with her hands. This means she makes him practice the piano for hours on end each day and she is also very abusive towards him! Beck’s mother doesn’t have a good word to say about her son, always putting him down no matter how hard he has worked and it has taken a toll on his self-esteem, he feels worthless and believes there is no life outside of what he knows.
The part of this book that got me the most was the relationship between Beck and his little sister Joey, he always tries his best to provide for her and would do anything to keep her safe! Joey often makes him sandwiches for lunch (which you wouldn’t ever dream of eating) but he still takes them to school and pretends they were delicious just to make her happy (and because there isn’t much else to eat).
When Beck meets August his life begins to change, he is given a glimpse at what his life could be like if he was to open up and let someone in for a change! The relationship between the two of them is beautiful and is a refreshing break from the scenes of domestic abuse which are heartbreaking to read!
The book focuses largely on classical music but even though I know nothing about this type of music it wasn’t written in a way which made me thinking ‘what does that mean’ and it definitely never left me feeling bored!
The ending to this book was absolutely stunning and it really helped to repair my heart a little after the roller coaster of emotions this book provided. It showed that there are a few good people in the world, all we have to do is look for them and let them in, no matter how hard that may be!
Differently Normal by Tammy Robinson – 4.5∗
When you read the cover of a book and it says ‘for fans of The Fault in Our Stars’ you know it’s going to be heartbreaking but I definitely wasn’t prepared for this!
Differently Normal follows Maddy, a girl who does everything she can to support her Mom and look after her little sister Bee who is Autistic and Albert, a kind hearted boy who does everything he can to try to get his father’s approval but nothing seems to be good enough. The book is a dual narrative and each chapter swaps between Maddy and Albert’s perspective.
I absolutely adored both characters in this novel, Maddy is one of the best kinds of people you’ll ever meet yet she is quite withdrawn as looking after her sister meant she lost a lot of her social life as a teenager. Albert is written so beautifully and his personality really complements Maddy’s and helps to bring her out of her shell.
Obviously romance blossoms between Maddy and Albert but it seemed so effortless and like they were meant to be that you were really rooting for them to get a happy ending! I also loved how so much of Bee’s personality was incorporated into the story, it gives us a real insight into what people who have autism and their families have to go through!
It’s fair to say that I absolutely sobbed at this book, the only criticism I did have was that the plot twist seemed a little sudden and like it had come out of nowhere but then looking back on it I think that’s how it was meant to be written as nobody in the story could have predicted what was going to happen.
I couldn’t put this down once I started it and it’s an absolutely amazing book, I definitely recommend it but prepare to have your heart broken!
That’s it for this reading wrap up! I feel like I need to go and read a good crime thriller after all these books that keep making me cry! Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments!